Volunteers in Asia

Personal Growth. Global Impact.

aka VIA   |   Palo Alto, CA   |  www.viaprograms.org

Mission

Since 1963, VIA (Volunteers In Asia) has connected people between Asia and the U.S. through public service and programs promoting cross-cultural education. The mission of VIA is to promote civic engagement through innovative experiential learning programs in Asia and the U.S. that enhance cross-cultural understanding, build partnerships, and offer transformative experiences for our participants and the communities they serve.

Ruling year info

1967

Principal Officer

Dr. Kazutoh Ishida

Main address

P.O. Box 1314

Palo Alto, CA 94302 USA

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EIN

94-1622372

NTEE code info

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Global Community Fellowship (GCF)

VIA's Global Community Fellowship is a 13-15 month program for young and established professionals. Fellows work at NGOs, schools, universities, and social enterprises across Asia to support community development and youth education programs. By working directly with communities, fellows get hands-on experience learning how organizations in Asia are using creative and innovative methods to address critical social challenges.

VIA also offers short-term intensive experiential programs in Silicon Valley for students and young professionals from Asia with a focus on three competencies: creative problem-solving, leadership development, and cross-cultural competence. Program themes include social innovation, health care, and American culture.

Population(s) Served
Students
Young adults

The Exploring Social Innovation (ESI) Program brings together 20-25 university students and young professionals from across Asia. In this 2-week program, discover new possibilities for your future, learn innovative ways to make the world the better place, and meet a diverse and passionate group of changemakers from across Asia. You will experience hands-on workshops, visits to innovative companies and exchange ideas with local leaders and global friends.

Population(s) Served
Students
Young adults

The Exploring Health Care (EHC) Program connects students from medical universities in Asia with their peers in the U.S. to improve their ability to serve future patients by discovering the best aspects of healthcare in Asia and the United States. Participants will view health care and medicine through the eyes of students, patients, doctors, and researchers. Students from Stanford University join the program as Global Health Fellows and provide mentorship, lead activities and conduct lessons on a variety of healthcare topics.

Population(s) Served
Students

The American Language & Culture (ALC) program combines academic English classes with educational activities aimed at exploring contemporary American culture. English classes are offered by the Stanford Language Center, and are designed to improve students’ oral communication in English while providing analysis of a variety of sociocultural issues especially in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley area.

Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

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Volunteers in Asia

Board of directors
as of 1/18/2022
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Board chair

Steve Hope

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No