Barry Fellows have worked for a wide variety of non-governmental
organizations, universities, and public sector projects. This page
features reviews of several organizations that have hosted past
Apne Aap Women Worldwide
Apne Aap Women Worldwide is an NGO dedicated to improving the situations of women and their families involved in sexual exploitation. Avani Dholakia notes that the site in Mumbai was the newest branch so many of the projects were not yet underway during her internship. The NGO has an incredible mission with dedicated workers; however, its fragile infrastructure and limited budget limited its efficacy. It is an organization with a lot of potential and a lot of room to grow.
- Apne Aap Women Worldwide
This organization provides relief to those suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate. Chapters have opened across Asia and South America and is run mainly by American and European plastic surgeon. The organization received very high marks from Karen Chen, who volunteered for the program in Ecuador. Read Karen Chen's fellowship report to learn more.
- Operation Smile
Unite for Sight
Several Barry fellows have worked for this organization, whose mission is to diagnose eye problems and hands out prescription glasses to those in need. Branches exist all over the world, including southeast-Asia and Africa. This non-governmental organization relies heavily upon student volunteers meaning you would be fully occupied. The only drawback is that the organization is completely dependent upon eyeglass donations and when supplies run out, you might be stranded without a job.
Read Beth Dickinson's fellowship report to learn more.
- Unite for Sight
World Health Organization
For those interested in public health, the WHO offers internship programs at many of its regional offices. Find your country of interest and contact the internship director by email who will direct you to the appropriate office. The WHO is a vast organization with huge resources that is impeccably organized. For interns, though, that can mean less individualized attention and more office work than you might desire.
Read Alexander Rabin's fellowship report to learn more.
- World Health Organization
WorldTeach is a program based out of the Center for International Development at Harvard University. They run summer and full-year programs in a number of different countries all over the world. Barry Fellow, Annie Hirschhorn, was impressed by the helpfulness and friendliness of the Boston staff and by the great amount of preparations that went into planning the trip. She writes, "they sent us a number of information packets and emails before our departure and arranged all of our international flights--the plane fare was included in the program fee, so all we had to worry about was getting to New York to meet the rest of the group and leave together."
Once in South Africa, she had an amazing experience and loved the people with whom she worked and the places she visited. "It definitely takes a certain type of person-things do not always go how you plan, or planned projects may fall through altogether, and you must be flexible and stay positive," Annie writes. She goes on to say, "the program coordinator left us mostly to our own devices after our orientation, and although I enjoyed the independence for the most part, many of us sometimes felt a bit thrown out on a limb."
For more information, consult the WorldTeach website: www.worldteach.org. There you will find country descriptions, program profiles, further contact information and more.
- WorldTeach International