Advancing international understanding
in the Fulbright tradition
Advancing international understanding in the Fulbright tradition
307 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2003 | New York, NY 10001
t. 212.431.1195 | f. 212.941.6291
International Students


"One To World's community service events are a special treat for participants to discover the wonderful work being done by local organizations to empower communities."

Richard T., student from India at Yeshiva University

Throughout the year we organize volunteer programs for international students to get involved and give back to the New York community. We partner with organizations to bring groups of international students to participate in projects such as lending a hand on an urban farm, beautifying city neighborhoods with murals, and cleaning up the beach at Coney Island! Check out our program calendar to see current volunteer programs.

Volunteer at the One To World office

Several times a year, One To World needs help printing letters and assembling mail pieces or invitations for fundraising events. We announce these opportunities, as well as others, on our international student newsletter. Sign up to receive our newsletter.

Become a Global Guide for NYC metro-area public school students

Our Global Classroom program provides a continuous opportunity for international students to volunteer in NYC-area schools and after-schools. As a volunteer Global Guide with Global Classroom, you will have several opportunities throughout the academic year to lead workshops on your country and culture for K-12 students.

This is an application-based program that is best suited for students and scholars who have experience working with youth, are comfortable speaking English in front of a group, and will be in the NYC-area for more than one semester. Additional information, including more details on the application process, is available here. If you have any questions about becoming a Global Guide, please contact Adana Austin, Coordinator of Global Classroom, or call 212-431-1195.

If you have any questions about volunteer opportunities with One To World, contact us at

Other Volunteer Programs in NYC 

If you cannot make the dates scheduled through One To World, some of our partners also have additional volunteer opportunities. We encourage you to get involved and give back to the New York community as a volunteer!

ArchCare: ArchCare helps the elderly of New York City live full and happy lives. With ArchCare, you can volunteer your time simply chatting, playing games, and exchanging ideas with seniors.

CITYarts: Want to use art as a way to brighten a New York community? CITYarts offers volunteer opportunities to help create public art murals and mosaics within the community. Through this organization, you can help empower, educate, and connect youth and children in realizing their potential to transform communities.

City Harvest: City Harvest volunteers help ensure that good food doesn’t go to waste. Whether you have experience in teaching and nutrition, are interested in working with local farmers, or simply want to give back to your community, your passion and time are important resources in the fight against hunger.

Publicolor: Publicolor is a stay-in-school youth development program that engages high-risk students in their education 3 days a week for 4-6 years through a continuum of design-based programs that mentor them for success in college, career, and life. There are opportunities to volunteer most Saturday's during the academic year.

To find other volunteering opportunities, we recommend New York Cares. New York Cares is a great resource to find volunteer opportunities throughout New York City-based on your interests and availability.

  • Group of international and West Point Military Academy students in front of flags dor a foreign affairs conference in upstate New York
  • Two students enjoying a day in canoes in a park in the Bronx
  • Chinese international student holding blue painted hands up laughing while painting school as a form of community service in Brooklyn
  • International students working with publicolor nonprofit to paint a NYC public school in the Bronx
  • Internationl student speaking at a roundtable during the U.S. Naval Academy foreign affairs conference in Annapolis