WIV stands for Work, Intern, Volunteer programs abroad. The Learning Abroad Center also classifies Teaching English programs as WIV programs. These programs are non-academic and non-credit-bearing. Rarely, if ever, is there class time or assignments on a WIV program.
The distinctions between Work, Intern, and Volunteer programs are not always clear. Similar programs will sometimes be grouped differently. Rather than focus your search by program type, look through the categories listed here, as you might find the program you are looking for under a heading you did not expect.
There are many reasons to consider participation on a WIV program instead of, or in addition to, a conventional study abroad program.
The University of Minnesota ranks 3rd in Peace Corps 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities. Meet with our Peace Corps Campus Recruiter to learn more about serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
If you are interested in a health-related internship or volunteer placement, complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) online module before exploring program options. This module will help you:
The more you know, the better your chances of being prepared for the experience and not be disappointed once you arrive on site. Some questions to consider asking the program staff include: