We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.
AUA Initiative Promotes Volunteering in the Muslim World for Professionals
Washington DC, June 7, 2011 — Creative Learning, a Washington DC based non-profit organization, is pleased to announce the expansion of America’s Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA) Directory of Recommended Organizations. The addition of 23 new organizations, offering specific opportunities for professionals in medicine, civil society, and business, is a significant step in the development of the premier resource for researching short-term volunteer opportunities in the Muslim World. The AUA Directory provides analytical and descriptive profiles of leading organizations that send or host American volunteers serving in human development in Muslim-majority countries. The AUA Directory is available free of charge at www.unofficialambassadors.com.
The AUA initiative helps mobilize Americans to reach across cultural differences and to build people-to-people partnerships by volunteering in human development. In producing the AUA Directory, Creative Learning researched more than 1,000 organizations and conducted extensive interviews with program staff and alumni so to create descriptive and analytical profiles of 59 recommended organizations that offer volunteer opportunities that vary from teaching English in the Palestinian Territories to building schools in Mali to training NGOs in Bangladesh.
By December of 2012, AUA aims to encourage more than 1,000 Americans to commit to at least one week of service in the Muslim World. The AUA Directory is an invaluable resource for those future volunteers to find the opportunity that is right for them. As Steven C. Rosenthal, Founder and Executive Director of Cross-Cultural Solutions explained, “This is a substantial step forward for our field. We are proud to partner with AUA and work together to build a better world.”
Brig. Gen. Ronald Sconyers (USAF, Ret.), President and CEO of Physicians for Peace, welcomed his organizations’ inclusion in the AUA Directory, too, and commented on its value as a tool to advance peace-building and development goals. He said, “We see the AUA Directory as an excellent resource for volunteers and nonprofits who share a commitment to effecting meaningful, lasting change in Muslim societies and beyond, and we are delighted to be part of this new effort.”
About Creative Learning
America’s Unofficial Ambassadors is a strategic initiative of Creative Learning, a Washington DC-based not-for-profit organization that enhances the capacity of local organizations around the world to improve the lives of people in their communities. Through the creation of people-to-people partnerships, Creative Learning is especially dedicated to protecting human rights, supporting economic and social development, and building peace. Consistent with the program’s theme that American citizens should do more to make a difference, AUA does not seek government funding. For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tracy Key at Tracykeyevents@aol.com.Contact: Communications Department Contact Person: Andrew Stinson Company Name: Creative Learning Telephone Number: 202-363-3973 Email Address: AndrewS@creativelearning.org Website address: www.unofficialambassadors.com