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Mission Statement

One World Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate and empower people to take action against worldide 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.


At one of three One World Center locations you will live in teams comprised of other humanitarians from all over the world traing to become development instructors.

You will live in an environment based on community. We grow our food, cook, clean and run the school as a collective. You will be engaged in learning sessions, study tasks, presentations, volunteer work, fundraising and more.

As you train to become a development instructor you will be challenged to stretch your mind and understanding of the world.

As you train to become a development instructor you will learn about empowering the poor to create a sustainable future.

Alcohol and drugs are not part of our program and are in fact an obstacle when creating development. Our no alcohol and drug policy is not just a stand we take, it is about your safety in the program.

Our 18 month work-study program "Working Shoulder to Shoulder with the Poor" covers four periods:

  • The Present - 3 months

Study and learn about the forces that run the world, the big issues of our time, and the riches and potentials of the world.

  • The Future- 3 months

Study and learn about the new technologies shaping the future, people's expectations for the future, and your own take on how the future will be.

  • Service period - 6 months

Working together with the poor at your assigned development project in Africa run by Humana People to People.

  • The Journal - 6 months

Back on campus you will integrate your experience, decide how it will affect your personal future, and share what you learned with the public. In addition, you may choose to persue a humanitarian career or join One World Center's many opportunities for those interested in living this lifestyle long term.

* Our Massachusetts and St. Vincent campuses also offer 6 and 9 month programs.

Serving as a development instructor in Africa or Latin America for six months will introduce you to many new areas of sustainable growth for the world's poor.

As you work and live alongside the poor you will be involved in one of the following projects:

  • Teacher Training
  • Farmers Club
  • Hope (for HIV/AIDS support)
  • Child Aid
  • TCE (Total Control of the HIV Epidemic)

If you would like to get involved please apply online at www.oneworldcenter.org or call our office at 269.591.0518

In addition, we frequently host open house days where you can tour the facilities, meet students and staff and learn more about One World Center in person.



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