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"Let nothing that is human be foreign to me."
~ Sir Thomas More



Area and Natl Resources

Western North Carolina 
The most comprehensive list of global people, places, and resources in WNC. 


Africa Healing Exchange

Provides resilience training to caregivers in post-conflict communities, enabling them to pass along the skills to youth and families who are suffering from trauma-related illnesses, helping to end the cycle of trauma.

Altrusa International, District Three
A global volunteer service organization whose purpose is to promote better communities through service by an international network of people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. 

aSHEvile Museum

Contributing to the creation of a more just and equitable world by sharing engaging stories, facts, narratives, and visual imagery of the richly varied achievements and experiences of women and girls throughout the world.


Asheville Sister Cities  
A non-profit organization that serves to promote international awareness and maintain relations with Asheville’s sister cities abroad.


Dining for Women

A global giving circle that supports women and girls in developing countries by funding grants that foster leadership, education, healthcare, economic and environmental sustainability, safety and security. Chapter members meet and share a potluck dinner each month.


Educational Partners International

A J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program authorized to sponsor teachers for K-12 placements in public, private, and charter schools in North Carolina and other states.

FIESTA Hendersonville

A unique opportunity to experience the best of Latin America, over 20 represented countries -- music, art, food and culture.


An international folk festival, over three decades of bringing culture and music together in WNC from around the world.

Friendship Force WNC

Since 1979, more than 3,000 people in WNC have participated in exchanges either as hosts for foreign guests or as citizen ambassadors overseas experiencing other cultures and countries.


LEAF Community Arts
A non-profit organization, building community, connecting cultures and enriching lives through the arts – locally and globally – with festivals, community events, and arts education programs.


Hadaya Toys

Addressing psychological needs of refugee children with toys that help them overcome distress caused by violence, conflict and displacement.


Heart of the Cross Ministries

Through global education and hands-on service we encourage young people to work together to make a positive impact on the world.


Ikenobo Ikebana Society

Learning art of Ikebana through studying with senseis (instructors), workshops with visiting professors, and demonstrations of styles.

Just Peace for Israel/Palestine

To educate ourselves and inform others about the history of Palestine and Israel, and the  current difficulties in finding a just peace.


Working with string doll artists in mountain villages in Thailand, helping enable improved living standards for their families and communities. 

Mama Maisha

A Safe Motherhood Intervention Project in the Mara region of Tanzania, working at the village level to provide prenatal care, delivery services, education, and resources for women.

RESULTS Asheville

Asheville branch of a movement to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty worldwide.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of WNC

Our former development assistance  volunteers abroad, they do a weekly "beer and cheer" and occasional events. 

Safe Water Now

A non-profit providing expertise, services, and resources to solve the problem of unsafe drinking water in Tanzania.

Seed Programs International

Provides good quality seed, expertise, and training materials to humanitarian organizations working around the world to alleviate hunger and poverty.



Soumu is a West African term for an all encompassing party featuring music, dance, food, and art. An annual event. 

WNC 4 Peace

Promoting peace and justice in relationships locally and globally among people, the environment and especially within ourselves.

World Affairs Council of WNC

Advancing international awareness and fostering Western North Carolina's global ties. Hosts speaker series on world affairs, among other initiatives.  

National and Worldwide 


Choices Program

The Choices Program is non-profit organization based at Brown University. We develop curricula on current and historical international issues and offer professional development for educators.


Goethe Institute Transatlantic Outreach Program

A "mostly free" study tour for social studies and STEM educators, to promote education about Germany and encourage intercultural dialogue.


International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

Combines the experience of local government practitioners with that of experienced international experts to design, implement, and evaluate municipal development and management projects worldwide.


ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

The world’s leading network of over 1,000 cities, towns and metropolises committed​ to building​ a sustainable future, impacting  over 20% of the world's urban population.


Mothering Across Continents

Volunteer "catalysts" receive consulting, coaching and mentoring to develop dream projects that help raise tomorrow's leaders.

National Peace Corps Association, global education resources

We help educators, parents, current and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and other interested citizens find the resources, networking and support they need to bring a global perspective into classrooms and communities.


New York Times international videos

A wonderful array covering current events and global issues. 


Passport photos of celebrities

You may get hooked on this, fascinating and of historic interest, most with visa stamps and some personal information. Johnny Cash, Janice Joplin, Albert Einstein, Alfred Hitchkock, and Virginia Woolf, to name a few.   


Rotary Peace Fellowships

For Master's Degree (various locations worldwide) or professional development (Thailand),



One of the world's leading networks of young people learning about, engaging with, and working towards tackling global challenges.


TeachUNICEF, global citizenship

The Global Citizenship topic provides educators the tools to begin infusing education for global citizenship in their existing curriculum in meaningful ways.


Teen Travel Writing Scholarship, Family Travel Forum and Society of American Travel Writers

Submit a travel blog about where you went and what it meant to you, what worked and what didn’t, what you learned from the trip, or how it changed you.


Travel Quotations

On Pinterest, with beautiful photo backgrounds.


Area and National Resources and Opportunities for Worldy People and Global Citizens 
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