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Doubling number of international volunteers by 2010

The Building Bridges Coalition, a project of the Brookings Institution’s Initiative on International Volunteering and Service, is a consortium of leading international volunteer organizations, universities and colleges, corporations, and government agencies working collaboratively to double the number of international volunteers serving abroad by 2010.

The Building Bridges Coalition is committed to increasing the number of volunteers from 50,000 to 100,000 by 2010.

The Building Bridges Coalition is one of three key components of the Brookings Institution’s Initiative on International Volunteering and Service. The Public Policy Group, co-chaired by Senator Harris Wofford and John Bridgeland, focuses on policy development and education, and advances recommendations that include doubling the Peace Corps and creating a Global Fellowship to sponsor individual volunteers. The Research and Impacts Group, led by the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis and Brookings Fellow David Caprara, focuses on assessing the status and impacts of international volunteering and service and promoting effective practices.

1. Open to nonprofits, for profits, schools, faith based organizations & all interested in international service

2. "Soft Power" reverses the negative images of Americans overseas

3. Build bridges of understanding across cultures