Non-Governmental Organizations

Link to Non-Governmental Organizations that are part of the Washington State Coalition for International Education.

  • AFS Global Educators Program
    AFS Greater Puget Sound is a regional volunteer organization supporting AFS USA’s intercultural learning programs for students and teachers. Once known as American Field Service, AFS is considered the second largest volunteer organization in the world with at least 50 countries participating in its programs.
    AFS-USA works towards a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities through a global volunteer partnership.
  • Alliance Française de Seattle The Alliance Française is an international network of non-profit associations whose central administration is in Paris. The mission of these associations is the propagation of the French language and culture.
  • American Cultural Exchange Service
    ACES is a not-for-profit organization that provides cultural and educational exchange opportunities and support to K-12 participants, educators, and American families and communities. ACES believes that world peace can be realized through international friendships and global understanding that result from personal interaction provided by exchange experiences.
  • American Red Cross Language Bank 
    The Language Bank is a free interpretation and translation service open to individuals and non-profit organizations for anything that is not legal or medical in nature. We are a group of over 400 volunteers who collectively speak 99 different languages with the goal of lowering language barriers in the community for people accessing basic services and information. 
  • Around-n-Over
    Around-n-Over is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Seattle, WA. Our mission is to captivate the youth as they follow our human powered journeys around the world. Through relevant lesson plans, we will expand the horizons of our youth and give them an opportunity to interact with students in faraway lands.
  • Asia Society
    The Asia Society is America’s leading institution dedicated to fostering understanding of Asia and communication between Americans and the peoples of Asia and the Pacific.
  • Associates in Cultural Exchange > A.C.E. Language Institutes
    For over 40 years, Associates in Cultural Exchange has been a leader in intensive English language instruction. A.C.E. Language Institutes help students gain admission to a university in the USA or to prepare or to reach their personal and international career goals. A.C.E. offers short term and long term study options, as well as customized training and professional development programs. Since its founding, Associates in Cultural Exchange has been working to make the world your community by helping people and organizations around the world create new connections and build interpersonal networks with those of other language and cultural backgrounds.
  • Associates in Cultural Exchange > A.C.E World Language and Culture Ambassadors
    As a division of Associates in Cultural Exchange, the A.C.E. World Language and Culture Ambassadors program (WLCA) offers highly engaging language and culture classes to elementary and middle school students. Our program is designed to be affordable and flexible in order to best fit the schedules and needs of our students. Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, French, German, Japanese, and Farsi are just a few of the languages we offer to our young ambassadors. Through lively and interactive classes, our students gain the preparation they need to be globally successful while having fun.
  • Association for African American Historical Research and Preservation (AAAHRP) The mission of the Association for African American Historical Research and Preservation (AAAHRP), a nonprofit organization, is to locate, collect, preserve and disseminate historical and genealogical information related to the African American population. The Association supports activities which increase public awareness and understanding of African/African American history and culture, and sponsors activities including exhibitions, workshops, and conferences which support our goals and mission.
  • Bicultural/Bilingual Family Network
    The Bilingual/Bicultural Family Network is a Seattle forum for families raising their children bilingually and/or biculturally. The group offers support and resources through its website as well as a monthly multicultural playgroup, language-specific playgroups, presentation series and workshops.
  • Bridges to Understanding
    The mission of Bridges to Understanding is to empower and unite youth worldwide, enhance cross-cultural understanding and build global citizenship using digital technology and the art of storytelling. Bridges connect teachers and students in middle and high school classrooms around the world using curriculum-based programs that help break down barriers, prejudices and assumptions, allowing students to gain a sense of empowerment as they explore what they can do to change the world for the better.
  • CARE
    CARE is a united force dedicated to helping the world’s poorest communities solve their most threatening problems.
  • Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
    The Center for Applied Linguistics aims to promote and improve the teaching and learning of languages, identify and solve problems related to language and culture, and serve as a resource for information about language and culture.
  • Children’s Museum of Tacoma
    From the backyard to the moon, the Children’s Museum of Tacoma celebrates the power of play in the life-long journey of learning. Our imaginative environment reaches beyond home and school experiences, nurturing growth and development as young children and their adults explore the world together. Join us for Passport to Play program and participate in a play-packed exploration of Spanish and/or Chinese language and culture. Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday Noon – 5 p.m.
  • The Choices Program
    The Choices Program is non-profit organization based at Brown University. The Choices Program develops curricula on current and historical international issues and offers workshops, institutes, and in-service programs for high school teachers. Course materials place special emphasis on the importance of educating students in their participatory role as citizens.
  • Companion Flag
    The Companion Flag — A Symbol of All that Human Beings Have in Common.
  • Dialogue Project
    The DIALOGUE (Developing International Alliances with Local Organizations for Global Understanding and Education) Project is a student organization developed by the Comparative History of Ideas Program at the University of Washington.
  • EarthCorps
    EarthCorps is a Seattle-based non-profit, conservation and educational organization. Our mission is to build global community through local environmental service. Our work engages the local community while teaching leadership, restoration and community development skills to youth from across the country and around the world (e.g., Philippines, Russia, Guatemala, Kenya).
  • EF Foundation for Foreign Study
    EF Foundation for Foreign Study is a worldwide, non-profit organization which aims to promote international understanding and global awareness through international education and cultural exchange.
  • eLearning Chinese Studio
    Provide an engaging and supportive learning space. Create entertaining and interactive learning experiences. Encourage respect for all people. Instill pride for your own culture.
  • Enso Center
    Enso is an ancient, international symbol of inner strength, harmony, community, and peace. It symbolizes a commitment to personal growth through body and mind balance, discipline, and practice. Enso comes from the Japanese language and literally means an “open” circle.
  • Ethnic Heritage Council
    The Ethnic Heritage Council is dedicated to preserving the unique mix of cultural traditions that enrich our Northwest communities.
  • Facing the Future: People and Planet
    Facing the Future is a nonprofit organization that strives to educate people about critical global issues, including population growth, poverty, over-consumption, and environmental destruction. We believe there are just and sustainable solutions to all these issues, and that these problems are, in reality, opportunities to invoke positive change.
  • Foreign Language For Youth
    We teach Spanish, French, Japanese, and Mandarin to elementary and middle school students before and after school to more than 500 students in elementary schools in over 15 School Districts around the Puget Sound.
  • FIUTS (Foundation for International Understanding Through Students)
    FIUTS’ mission is to enhance international understanding and promote cultural exchanges between UW internationals and Americans. In our 55th year, FIUTS continues this tradition through programs that stimulate discussion and participation among the community, our members, and volunteers.
  • French Bilingual Association
    The French Bilingual Association of Seattle’s Eastside is partnering with the Bellevue School District and Tillicum Middle School to offer bilingual education suited for middle school children with native or near-native abilities in French.
  • George Pocock Rowing Foundation
    The Mission of George Pocock Rowing Foundation is to support and develop the sport of rowing in the Pacific NW – including fostering National and International Competition between the nations around the Pacific Rim. The Foundation fosters international exchanges between athletes and coaches in the US and China, and is interested in any developments that make sense for it to become involved in.
  • Global Scholar program
    The Global Scholar program is an intensive two-week seminar for high school students interested in international affairs.
  • Global Sound
    Smithsonian Global Sound is a network of international cultural institutions working to preserve and distribute music from archives worldwide, and to foster appreciation for traditional roots music.
  • Global Visionaries
    Global Visionaries programs educate young people on peace, justice, and environmental issues, foster cross-cultural understanding, and strengthen communities and families, uniting diverse local communities and building international ties, fostering the tangible hope of lasting peace.
  • Global Washington
    Global Washington works to strengthen the state’s global development sector by serving as an information resource, building capacity and
    facilitating opportunities for exchange.
  • Hyogo Business and Cultural Center
    The Hyogo Business & Cultural Center is committed to nurturing stronger governmental, business and cultural relations between Hyogo Prefecture and the United States.
  • International Children’s Art Foundation
    Mission: To prepare children for a creative and cooperative future. Publisher of ChildArt magazine, an ad-free publication for kids since 1998, which promotes creativity and global education through the arts. Organizer of the Arts Olympiad, the world’s largest and most prestigious arts initiative for children aged 8 to 12, launched every four years and culminating in the world’s largest international children’s festival, traditionally held on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
  • International Education & Resource Network
    iEARN is a non-profit global network that enables young people to use the Internet and other new technologies to engage in collaborative educational projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world.
  • International Trade Education Foundation
    The Washington Council on International Trade’s International Trade Education Foundation educates the next generation through in-service workshops for teachers, an innovative trade and economics curriculum package for the classroom, presentations at schools and by serving as an ongoing resource for educators.
  • International Rescue Committee IRC – Seattle
    The IRC is the world’s leading non-profit, non-sectarian, volunteer organization providing relief and resettlement services to refugees from around the world. The IRC Seattle office was established in 1976 to aid refugees in the Puget Sound. The IRC Voices program empowers refugee and immigrant high school students to share their life stories with other students in the community.
  • K-12 Study Canada
    K-12 STUDY CANADA represents the shared outreach efforts of the Center for Canadian-American Studies, Western Washington University, and the Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. We jointly form the Pacific Northwest National Resource Center for Canada funded by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI with the mandate to provide education to students, educators and the community about Canada.
  • League of Education Voters
    The League of Education Voters is an organization made up of education advocates from across Washington, including parents, teachers, school board members, levy and bond committees, business leaders, school administrators, and concerned citizens.
  • Maria Montessori Language and Cultural Center
    Montessori preschool with after-school Italian and Chinese language and culture programs for ages 5 and older. Both include geography, cooking projects, writing, dramatic play and math.
  • Middle East Peace Camp
    The Middle East Peace Camp is a grassroots Arab and Jewish coalition dedicated to embracing our common humanity by empowering children and youth through education, recreation and leadership development.
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators
    Our members believe that international education advances learning and scholarship, fosters understanding and respect among people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, is essential for developing globally competent individuals, and builds leadership for the global community. We believe that international education lies at the core of an interconnected world characterized by peace, security, and well-being for all.
  • New Horizons for Learning
    Since 1980, New Horizons for Learning has served as a leading-edge resource for educational change.
  • Nordic Heritage Museum
    Visit a place where history comes alive and contemporary artists and community activities are celebrated with vibrant exhibits and events. Dedicated to collecting, preserving and educating since its founding in 1980, the Nordic Heritage Museum is the only museum in the United States to honor the legacy of immigrants from the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
  • Northwest Folklife
    Northwest Folklife promotes the cultural heritage ofPacific Northwest communities. It presents the annual Memorial Day weekend Northwest Folklife Festival, education programs and other public programs.
  • OneWorld Now!
    OneWorld Now! is a two-year global leadership program for high school youth that includes leadership and multicultural education, world language study in after school programs, summer study abroad, and international community service projects.
  • Operation Smile
    Operation Smile, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is an international children’s medical charity with a presence in more than 60 countries, whose network of more than 5,400 medical volunteers from over 80 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children. Since its founding in 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 220,000 surgical procedures for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. To build long-term self-sufficiency in resource poor environments, Operation Smile trains doctors and local medical professionals in its partner countries so they are empowered to treat their local communities. Operation Smile also donates medical equipment, supplies and provides year-round medical treatment through its worldwide centers.
  • Pardada Pardadi Educational Society
    Pardada Pardadi Educational Society was founded in 2000. It is a girls school in rural Uttar Pradesh, providing values based education in one of the poorest regions of the country. Girls receive 3 meals a day, uniforms and shoes, transportation, textbooks and health care. Girls are guaranteed either higher education, or employment upon graduation. Pardada Pardadi  has expanded to become a Community Development organization, employing women in textile production and a call center. 1500 women are members of the Self Help Group and Dairy project. PPES is committed to continuing their work to improve the lives of girls and women in this region. 
  • Peace Corps
    Peace Corps has been sending certified and future teachers overseas for over 42 years. Most continue the Peace Corps’ mission of cross-cultural and technical exchange after they return.
  • PeaceJam Northwest
    PeaceJam is an international education program built around leading Nobel Peace Laureates who work personally with youth to pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody. The goal of PeaceJam is to inspire a new generation of peacemakers who will transform their local communities, themselves and the world.
  • Population Connection Washington
    Population Connection is the national grassroots population organization that educates young people and advocates progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth’s resources. About Population Connection’s Education Program Population Connection’s Education Program is the only national, population education program with a strong emphasis on teacher training for educators of grades pre-K through 12.
  • Quantum Learning
    The Quantum Learning educational system includes training for administrators and teachers, plus learning and life skill programs for students including SuperCamp.
  • RESPECT Refugee Education Sponsorship Program
    USA affiliate of RESPECT International. Their main goals are to increase awareness of refugee issues worldwide, empowering refugee populations, and to encourage youth activism regarding refugee issues.
  • Seattle Asian Art Museum
    Students and the general public are welcome to explore the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s world-class permanent collection and frequent special exhibitions. Throughout the year, SAAM also organizes numerous exciting “hands-on” events, such as art demonstrations.
  • Sister Island Project
    Sister Island Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering respectful international friendship and cultural, educational, and technical exchange. In addition, Sister Island Project promotes awareness of issues that challenge developing countries and collaborates with Dominicans on mutually beneficial humanitarian projects.
  • TakingITGlobal for Educators
    TakingITGlobal for Educators provides rich, interactive global learning experiences by leveraging the resources of the world’s most popular online community for youth who want to make a difference.
  • Teachers without Borders
    Teachers Without Borders connects teacher leaders to information and each other to make local change — on a global scale — through our network in 185 countries.
  • U.S. Global Leadership Campaign
    The U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, a coalition of over 300 business and organizations, is dedicated to supporting a strong international affairs budget and promoting U.S. global engagement.
  • Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT)
    Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) seeks to meet the needs of a profession dedicated to the teaching of world language skills and cultural awareness by providing information and sensitive global perspectives in an era of ever-increasing internationalization.
  • Washington Council on International Trade
    The Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT) is the only organization in Washington dedicated exclusively to advocating for public policies that increase our state’s international competitiveness. On behalf of its members — manufacturers, retailers, service providers, farmers & ranchers, non-profit organizations and individuals – WCIT advocates for strong, pro-trade policies and investments that benefit Washington’s small, medium and large employers and that create jobs for Washington residents.
  • Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center
    The Washington State Holocaust Resource Center’s mission is to inspire teaching and learning for humanity in the schools and communities of this state through study of the Holocaust. The Center trains and assists teachers in the public and private schools of Washington who want to introduce Holocaust studies into their curricula. The Center provides educational materials, including resources that preserve local connections to the Holocaust to grade levels from 5-12 through community colleges and university.
  • Washington State PTA
    The Washington State PTA (WSPTA) is a nonprofit, membership association which seeks to bring together the home, school
    and community on behalf of all children and youth.
  • Woodland Park Zoo
    For more than 100 years, Woodland Park Zoo has been a cherished community resource and a unique urban oasis. Generations of Puget Sound families have come to the zoo and marvel at the animals and are inspired by the peaceful and beautiful surroundings. Woodland Park Zoo serves as a vital educational resource for teachers and students across the state.
  • World Affairs Council Seattle
    The World Affairs Council of Seattle is a membership-based organization that creates forums for discussion of critical world issues. We invite you to get involved, educated, and informed through our many programs.
  • World Affairs Council Tacoma
    The World Affairs Council of Tacoma provides an awareness of the impact of international events on our lives. It also provides opportunities for a more informed public opinion on foreign policy and helps students prepare for more responsible roles as citizens in a global community. Business people and educators can use Council resources to broaden their knowledge of other countries important in the global community.
  • YES! Magazine
    YES! is an ad-free quarterly journal of hopeful news for shaping a just, compassionate and sustainable future. YES! is published by the Positive Futures Network, a local nonprofit, and offers teachers a free 1-year subscription.

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