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Causes: International, International Cultural Exchange, International Exchange, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: To address critical social issues, Atlas Corps develops leaders, strengthens organizations and promotes innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled social change professionals.

Results: Since 2006, we have engaged 750+ global professionals from 96 countries in an overseas Fellowship in the United States, Colombia, Australia and Malaysia.

Target demographics: Atlas Corps provides mid-level social change leaders an opportunity to volunteer abroad for 12 to 18 months - especially global south leaders with 4-8 years of experience to volunteer in the U.S.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500

Geographic areas served: International

Programs: Atlas Corps Fellowship in USA Atlas Corps Tech Fellowship in the USA

Community Stories

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great way to travel the world from your home, meeting people from around our globe while volunteering to help a wonderful organization support and grow outstanding young leaders igniting positive social change.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is an exceptional organization dedicated to both its Fellowes and volunteers. As a volunteer last summer, I got to welcome a cohort of Fellowes at the airport for their first time in the U.S. The experience was wonderful, and the Atlas Corps staff were always available by text or phone call if I had any questions or concerns about my role as a volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for this non-profit in 2012 and came away with a very positive impression of it's mission, staff, and the Atlas Corps Fellows. I

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organisation doing an amazing job !!!
I would recommend Atlas Corps to any individual or corporate entity that is committed to the Social Sector development!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is an amazing organization that supports social change leaders around the world and builds capacity of U.S. organizations! By connecting talented professionals and organizations across borders, they promote innovation and cultural exchange. International development so often involves people from the "global north" going to the "global south," and I'm glad to see Atlas Corps flipping the usual paradigm and supporting local leaders in their professional journeys and networking.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps' work is nearly unique in the nonprofit sector and fills a need for capacity-building across borders. This program allows talented nonprofit professionals to come to the U.S. and gain nonprofit management skills, while strengthening the organizations where they serve. As Senior Program Manager, I've seen up close how many Atlas Corps Fellows learn so much from the Fellowship and gain access to an incredible network of other leaders. At the same time, I've also seen how much the U.S.-based organizations gain from having a Fellow on their team, giving their international perspective and sharing their expertise. Atlas Corps is not just working on one kind of issue or in one country, but a wide range of issues around the world.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is a phenomenal organization that connects emerging social change leaders with organizations across the country to promote innovation. I have enjoyed my experience collaborating with Atlas Corps.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Atlas Corps and I am happy to be part of such a meaningful organization. It indeed helps people from all over the globe to unite and connect despite all the differences and challenges. Every time I am reviewing an application or having a conversation with a potential Atlas Corps fellow I get inspired by his or her great work and incredibly affluent experience. Atlas Corps has a strong mission that is actually being fulfilled everyday by the amazing people!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps truly values its family of Staff, Interns, Fellows, Alumni, and Donors. Despite being just an intern my voice has always been heard and my input has always been valued. In my short time working at Atlas Corps I have learned more about international social development and about how we can all change the world than I have learned with any other organization. Atlas Corps' mission of enabling global social change leaders and innovators translates into every level of this non-profit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Inspiring people! This organization is my inspiration in 2020. The people, the stories, the community - I am energized by this group! I am honored to be involved and look forward to more engagement!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serving as an Atlas Corps Fellow was a life change experience! Prior to the fellowship program, I was working overseas in Nigeria and was seeking an avenue to expand the reach of impact internationally. Thanks to Atlas Corps this aspiration became a reality. The organization offered me a yearlong service opportunity in Washington DC, and connected me to a global network of changemakers and strategic partners to bring my ideas to life. I recommend this orgnization without hesitation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

Atlas Corps connected me with the best fellows from all over the world!! The network and relationships created go a very long way!

1 Hasan Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was the first fellow from Jordan, Atlas Corps was watching me closely and giving addressing all my challenges for developing.

AichAin K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely loved it. My fellowship with Atlas Corps turned out to be very beneficial for me, it added a lot of value to my professional profile. I was also a volunteer for their selection committee and chair of the Executive Committee .

Ehsan G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps Fellowship provided me with a rare opportunity to step away from deadlines, delve deeply into issues that matter most to me, and interact with thought leaders and champions from around the world. It expended my thinking and my drive for social change. The last one year was immeasurably rewarding – intellectually, professionally, and personally. Those twelve months gave me new interests, friends, and a continuing association with the vibrant Atlas Corps Alumni community.

Prem S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is an ideal platform for emerging global leaders and U.S. Based nonprofits. I believe it was my life’s best decision I made to serve Atlas Corps Fellowship. Every meeting and networking session was an opportunity to change your perspective.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps has surpassed my expectations since joining as a fellow. I have gained from networking opportunities and exposure

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps has a great model of citizen-based diplomacy and capacity building for both the host organizations and its Fellows. What the host organizations gain from the experience their international Fellows bring is unique and hard to replicate. And the professional experience gained by those Fellows are brought back to their home countries helps positively shape their future.

1 Vijai R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Excellent NGO focused on developing leadership skills of talented professionals around the world. I've personally witnessed their commitment and successes in the tech space.

1 Hassan Azmi H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Atlas corps gives a great opportunity for social leaders from around the world send them to the US, take them out from their comfort zones and shape their skills. It also helps local organisation to use the fellows skills and experience to change and develop in their organisations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The model has a higher multiplier effect. The leaders developed become influencers of social change.

1 Tahir Jahangir K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome top notch fellowship in the USA, 12 month professional program

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is an amazing platform and a remarkable experience emerging leaders across the globe.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is promoting diversity and inclusion by selecting social change leaders from across the globe and bringing them over to the US for a year-long training for professional development.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a long-time volunteer and supporter, I've watched Atlas Corps grow over the last 11 years into an impactful and well-run organization. Meeting the Fellows is believing - they are impressive when they arrive in the US and even more well equipped to change the world when they finish the Fellowship!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am consistently amazed by the professionalism of Atlas Corps and the good that it does across the world.

Shelby S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is an innovative nonprofit with exceptional vision and impact. They are implementing best-practices to develop the best social change leaders around the world. Now, more than ever, as governments are cutting funding and shrinking diplomatic efforts, private-sector programs like Atlas Corps are needed to fill the void and ensure that we can turn to NGOs and nonprofits to find the solutions to critical global issues. Atlas Corps is truly working to save the world!

Donor

Rating: 5

After spending over 40 years working with non-profit organizations, Atlas Corps is the most rewarding by far. Both the mission in developing international civic change leasders and the quality of the staff and volunteers are excellent. In an era where there is movement toward insular nationalism it is more relevant than ever that we do all we can to maintain the lines of communication between differing cultures. Atlas Corps dpes that and more every day. Despite challenges both financial andf programmatic, the organization manages to have a significant impact on the lives of Fellows, staff, volunteers, and the world at large.

ARFR

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome! Atlas Corps connects people, talent, opportunity across border. It is amazing to see what these emerging leaders achieve when they are given the opportunity. Congrats Atlas Corps!

Disha A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is an amazing organization to work with. Also, the Fellows I am meeting through the Fellowship are not only excellent, passionate professionals but exceptional humans too.

1 Abdul Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is an amazing Organization to work with and be part of vibrant community spread over 88 countries to expand your international horizon and skills to address the challenges in your community.

Nick56

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is an amazing organization working to build global networks and bridges to address the world's most pressing social issues. It's an innovative, effective and growing model for cross-sector and skillset collaboration!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an Atlas Corps Intern for 2 summers now, I have had the wonderful opportunity to delve deeply into Atlas Corps' organization and driving mission. It is inspiring to work with people who are creating a deep network of social change makers -- from the Fellows that come from across the world and bring their unique insights to social issues they are passionate about and the dynamic Host Organizations that teach and learn from these Fellows to the Atlas Corps staff itself, which is incredibly hard-working and dedicated. Atlas Corps' mission of creating a transnational flow of social change leaders resonates with me after a semester abroad and seeing and hearing about the amazing work that Fellows do makes me feel so proud to be contributing to this organization.

Linda Keene S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mission-centric and Professional organization that partners with local and global communities to develop leaders and strengthen the organizations that serve those in need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

High energy and passionate team of staff that are dedicated to supporting international nonprofit leaders

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As I boarded the flight from Liberia to DC to become an Atlas Corps Fellow, I kept asking myself, “Is the Atlas Corps Fellowship worth my entire 2015?" I became a fellow to learn, share, network and return to Liberia to support my country by using new and old technologies to inspire social change and Atlas Corps didn't disappoint me. The fellowship is a worthy experience and I encourage other young leaders around the world to apply and help make the world a better place.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Atlas Corps presents a huge palette of opportunities for all whom it serves. Expanded perspective, strategic networking, new skills and tactics for operating in the nonprofit sector, plus the mere wonder of experiencing a new cultural are some of the benefits that Fellows are almost guaranteed to derive. Staff are driven and committed to improving the Organization's impact. This model is empowering, and is getting better all the time!

Client Served

Rating: 4

Atlas Corps' approach of bringing Fellows to the US for 12 months of service is a good approach for professionals seeking service at an international level. The fellowship provides an avenue for them to share experiences and learn best practices that will foster great performance during and after the fellowship. It also provides an opportunity for establishing strong networks that benefit both the individual and Atlas Corps or the Host Organization.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Atlas Corps brings together people from different countries with different cultures and language who have one thing in common - their desire to change the world. How unique a group is that? They learn from each other, inspire each other and support each others social impact projects in the years to come...

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is a great place to work! Every day I get to work with inspiring nonprofit leaders from around the world, and empower them to make a difference both in my country and theirs. International development is not just about the rich countries helping the poor, or the developed world helping the developing world, but all of us working together. Atlas Corps is strengthening the social sector by helping talented leaders cross borders and join an always-expanding network!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Atlas Corps Fellowship is a life changing opportunity. It is not everyday that you get the chance to live one year in a foreign country, learn about it's culture, connect with all sorts of people, while serving in a U.S. non-profit. This experience changes the way you see and think about not only the United States but also the world and it's connectivity. To be able to share experiences and create bonds with other fellows from more than +70 different nationalities is unique and priceless.

It is a personal and professional growth experience that I would highly recommend to every single individual -and the organization behind this fellowship, is aware of it. Since day one I have been impressed by the preparation and committment of the Atlas Corps team to make sure the fellows know everything they need to know regarding their fellowship experience. They have created a strong support network so you will never feel alone. They have workshops and trainings on a monthly basis. They are aware of the potential within the leaders they support (fellows) and do everything the can to help exploit it. More than the systems in place, I have been impressed by the drive and quality of the Atlas Corps staff. They understand the value of what they are doing and this is reflected on the way they have helped built more than an organization, a family: the Atlas Corps Family. I couldn't feel any luckier to be a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is a unique non-profit in the U.S. Its motto is "Change your perspective. Change the world" and invite us to turn our conventions upside down and believe that change can also come from young leaders from the developing world. We all have things to learn from each other, the north from the south and the east from the west, and in that regard, Atlas Corps is doing an amazing job!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is an amazing organization that gives you an opportunity to build yourself as a non-profit leader. You are able to engage in meaning conversations with leaders from all over the world and links you to a host organization where you can share your expertise and also build more skills to be a better leader.

Rene Momene O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Atlas corps is indomitable and incomparable. The only international not-for -profit organisation that has succeeded so far within ten years of its existence in changing the world's perspective on social issues plaguing our different communities by linking social change professionals from all over the world not only to improve their skills in the USA, but to also share their experiences in their various field of expertise and to strengthen their host organisations.
"Atlas corps, you have proven to the world that although we are different colours from Africa, Asia, Europe, USA, we are one people. In fact, you are a very strong force to reckon with".

SarahzinAhmed

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a unique Fellowship program for the non-profit leaders. Besides sharing the expertise with the Host Organization, Fellows groom up him/herself with more expertise on leadership and networking guided by the Atlas Corps. Like to see more Fellows in the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is truly strengthening the nonprofit sector worldwide! U.S.-based organizations are benefitting from the perspectives and ideas of incredible leaders who come to volunteer from all over the world. These same leaders are developing even further as they learn new methods of planning, implementing and executing social change initiatives. It's truly an amazing process to be a part of.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps Fellowship is one of the best ways to find and be yourself in the best environment you can have in your life. You can develop and share the professional skills/experiences and abundant resources with other fellows who are mature youth leaders from different countries. Atlas Corps finds you the best host organization that will provide the professional environment where you can always grow and develop skills that you have. You can truly learn the definition of diversity from the Global Leadership Lab (GLL) that Atlas Corps provides.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is an incredible experience, it gives you the opportunity to know other non-profit leaders, to learn about different cultures, strategies, methodologies of work in your or different non-profit areas, it makes you understand the work system in the US and gives you the opportunity to share your experience, as a professional and as a person. I'm glad and grateful that there are organizations like Atlas Corps,willing to change the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is the kind of organizations that this world needs. It has helped hundreds of leaders around the world to exchange ideas and boost innovation through many projects. The experience is an invaluable asset for young non-profit leaders that change their lives and communities.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am very impressed at what Atlas Service Corps is doing and creating social impact to US. I want to fully support this organization and wish to bring more and more global leaders from the world to US!!!

Avais

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is a highly successful exchange program that provides the nonprofit professionals from across the globe a once in a life time opportunity to show case their talent at the global stage. The program not only offers a perfect blend of on the job and class room learning for its participants, but it essentially transforms sector leaders to global leaders. The program is also effectively developing networks among nonprofit professionals across the world and positively contributing towards the social change the world is in dire need of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps., is providing professionals around the world, an opportunity to learn new skills, in a competitive and international environment, that they can later utilize, in their own communities to bring about positive changes. Change makers go through tough training, which helps them grow into stronger leaders, for their own communities. This training is essential for all the future leaders out there.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

It is a wonderful experience for me as it is transforming my perspective of the world, nonprofit sector and people in a positive way. Serving at my Host Organization that encourages innovation and values my contribution give me a sense of achievement and brings out the best in me. Meeting the best nonprofit leaders for exchange of ideas/experiences to resolve global issues and challenges is also an amazing opportunity to learn from each other and take advantage of diversity.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Unique program where excellence meets opportunities

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is a wonderful organization because it models transparency and flexibility. The staff are open to new ideas and ways to engage with volunteers. The Fellows are the organization's best assets, and host organizations across the social sector benefit from having international experts in their fields. I hope that Atlas Corps keeps growing in breadth and depth, since it has the potential to make differences in both individual lives and in the non-profit sector on a macro scale.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an Atlas Corps Intern, I became intimately familiar with large government agencies and nonprofits. I received extensive training and became a better saleswoman, a more sensitive listener, and a more empowered vessel for social change. Working here, even as an unpaid intern, has cultivated my professional growth and introduced me to passionate, talented people.

When you support Atlas Corps, you support a global network of leaders who understand the local conditions to be navigated if progress in the developing world is to be made. Supporting Atlas Corps is supporting an anti-imperialist approach to aid.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an Atlas Corps intern, I had the unique opportunity to see the organization from a more detail oriented, personal perspective. I can safely say that Atlas Corps is exactly what it advertises itself as: a superb organization that develops both professional non-profit leaders and organizations. The staff are some of the most committed, hard-working professionals I have ever worked with, and the fellows are gifted change-makers that are some of the best in the non-profit field. Atlas Corps' network connects the best and brightest around the world, creating a global community in which ideas, resources, and contacts can be shared. The organization is a true testament to the belief that change and development are global ideas, and that they can become realities through the creation of new opportunities where previously, there were few.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Virtual volunteering - love it! Atlas Corps provides me an opportunity to connect with the world as I help to review applications from around the world. They really do exceptional work inspiring emerging global leaders!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Atlas Corps is the opportunity of a lifetime. My experience as an Atlas Corps Fellow is one of the most important events in my career. This organization empowers social entrepreneurs from around the world by providing a paid professional exchange program that not only has allowed me to learn from one of the best nonprofits in the United States, I am also getting to meet some of the most inspiring and brilliant young minds from around the world as part of an exclusive community. It is truly a privilege to be a part of this Fellowship. Atlas Corps is a very innovative approach to multiplying social good. If you are a young nonprofit professional with a passion for social development, a taste for adventure, a love for challenges, and want to meet people who will make a difference in our communities, then Atlas Corps is perfect for you. I assure you, there is nothing quite like it.

2 KarunaDayal

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a current Atlas Corps Fellow representing India, I have been fortunate to be selected for such a competitive fellowship. Atlas Corps Inc. is one of the leading Non-Profit organizations bringing highly skilled change-maker and game-changers from across the world. The Fellowship not only strengthens cultural diversity and engagement but also looks at creating high-end professional attitudes to build leadership and long-lasting relationships between fellows and host organizations. Every aspiring international development leader must apply and share about this growing community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Been a volunteer with this incredible change-making organization for more than 3 years. The fellows they engage from across the globe are not just tomorrow's leaders: they are today's leaders. Thank you, Atlas Corps, for the opportunity to engage!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is one of the best non-profit organizations in the world that has been helping non-profit leaders from around the world - especially from the developing countries to come to the US and other developed countries for professional trainings and experiences. Their contribution towards tackling social issues around the globe is through building capacities of those who are part of the societies that confront these issues. I love their dedication towards what they do, I wish them all the successes in their endeavor.

3 Iryna F.

Client Served

Rating: 3

Atlas Corps & CIPE think tanks LINKS fellowship was the impulse I needed as a researcher in a think tank in Kyiv, Ukraine.

The 6-month-long visiting fellowship in one of the top U.S. think tanks (the Heritage Foundation) gave me what I aimed for and more: knowledge of how a modern think tank works, how the research is efficiently connected with communications and community outreach, and a dynamic network of professional contacts. Also, I was able to contribute to bridging the informational gap between the USA and Ukraine by speaking and writing about economic and political developments in my home country.

I recommend Atlas Corps service for young professionals who are looking for fresh ideas, world-class experience, and personal development in a culturally diverse setting.

Iryna

2 Saket M.

Client Served

Rating: 4

It is a traditional thought that too many cooks spoil the broth. To have an idea where leaders are invited from across the world to serve is innovative but risky. Atlas corps succeeds tremendously in containing their energies and still getting the work done. It is like a parliament or senate where everyone is learning to be president. Unusual but awesome.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AS an Atlas Corps fellow, I believe that it is through Atlas Corps' cross cultural, cross sector and cross geographical exchanges that we can come up with new and innovative ideas to address global development.

However, this Fellowship is more than professional development; it is about personal development and how we can become better humans to improve the lives of others. I was working on building leadership in girls trafficked into the sex trade in some corner of the world called Mumbai, in India. I became an Atlas Corps Fellow to learn new perspectives in leadership development at American Express and to join this inspiring crew. Just in my first month, I toured the national Mall with a former white house worker, salsa danced with the best from Mexico, and learned about the pediatric AIDS situation in South Sudan!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Atlas Corps and the Atlas Corps Fellowship has been a great opportunity to meet likeminded changemakers from around the world and change the perspective around international service and volunteering.