One World Center

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Basic Information

Address: 56968 Dailey Rd Dowagiac, MI 49047
Phone Number: 269.591.0518
Director: Trine Wendelboe

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Global Poverty
Clearances Required: Yes
Ages for Volunteer: 18 years and older
Programs Open To: Individuals 18 years or older.
Travel Arrangements:

Varies per program.

Application Process:

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Program Highlights: One World Center offers 1, 6, 9, and 18 month programs. These programs allow you to live, learn and serve internationally while allowing for you to understand why over half of humanity lives in poverty and how you can change that. Our participants serve at international projects working side by side with families who suffer from the effects of poverty daily: lack of clean water, education, food, and much more.This is a life changing opportunity. If you are 18 years or older we invite you to join our team and bring change to those in need.
Mission Statement:

One World Center is a nonprofit organization with a mission to educate
and empower people to take action against worldwide poverty. We address
the issues of our time with unique teaching and learning environments
that cultivate social change and support our global vision: a sustainable future.

Program History:

In the 1970's a group of 8 teachers and a handful of students from Denmark set out to learn about the greater world through personal exploration which started a movement called The Traveling Folk High School for decades to come. Every mode of transportation was tried-- driving old busses across Europe, Asia and India; sailing around Europe, hiking across South America, riding motorbikes around the United States even maneuvering dog sleds across the ice-covered plains of Greenland.

Long before the days of the internet, this group of pioneers sent thousands of students to over 140 countries to learn about the condition of the world, experience other cultures and immerse themselves in learning from deep experience not found in textbooks.

The results were astounding. This unique school (officially started in 1970) not only understood that in a world of many different cultures, beliefs and societies, at the base level, all human beings sought the same things: peace, health, safety, family and opportunity. In short, that all human beings are the same although some were born into extreme poverty.

The global poverty condition, the fact that billions of people were starving, had little access to education, sanitation, health and economic opportunity quickly drove the students and staff to change from a school of understanding the world to changing the world.

They started small: packing warm coats for the cold in Turkey, sending vitamins to children in India and distributing seeds to the rural farmers in Bolivia. Eventually students and staff began to stay for one to two month periods to offer assistance to the poor. Over the decades the school became one of understanding the conditions of the world that lead to global poverty and creating development and service work to help eradicate this condition world-wide.

Today, schools around the globe train development workers in 1, 6, 9 and 18-month programs to serve the poor in partnership with global development leader Humana People to People. With over $80 million dollars each year, 360 development projects and scores of humanitarian, government and corporate partnerships, this small school has become one of the most influential movements on the planet to eradicate poverty.