Our vision 

The increasing popularity of short-term volunteer initiatives conducted abroad represent a grand opportunity. Done well, such efforts could support and augment development efforts worldwide. 

Irresponsibly conducted, volunteer work can represent a notable risk; host communities are at risk of significant burdens and harms if efforts are not conducted with community priorities in mind. 

The 53rd Week thus considers our challenge to be ensuring that the energy and idealism of volunteers are responsibly directed and harnessed - in essence, to match good intentions with good outcomes. 

Learn more and connect

The 53rd Week is a Brooklyn-based, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit think tank that aims to optimize the conduct of short-term volunteer programs abroad through research, evaluation, and effective advocacy with volunteers, partner organizations, and communities worldwide. 

To learn more about our mission, track record, and what we offer, click here

To learn more about our partners, click here.

A list of our publications (with some available fulltext) can be accessed here.

Interested in volunteering? Click here. Interested in donating? (Thank you!) Click here.

Also feel free to e-mail us at info@53rdweek.org - we'd love to hear from you!