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Exploring the Community

Get out, volunteer, explore Omaha, and plan a trip through greater Nebraska!

Volunteering at Liberty Elementary


International students can learn about the U.S. educational system and share their cultures with local schoolchildren by volunteering at grade schools in Omaha.

Volunteering and Service Learning

Volunteering is a great way to hone your English abilities outside the academic environment, share your culture with other residents of Omaha, and learn about philanthropy as a major component of U.S. culture. Some scholarship students may also be required to complete service hours as a condition of their awards. Omaha has many rewarding volunteer opportunities, including:

Many international students also participate in UNO's Three Days of Service each October and the Seven Days of Service during spring break in March. For more on these events, check out UNO's Service Learning Academy.

The International Student Advising office can help you find volunteer opportunities and record your service for reporting to scholarship sponsors. Contact Advisor Gina Johanningsmeier, 1.402.554.2293,

Omaha Highlights

For music lovers:

For outdoor enthusiasts:

For food connoisseurs:

For sports fans:

  • CenturyLink Center: The venue for UNO Maverick Hockey games, the Olympic Swim Trials, and many other events. World-famous music performances, too.
  • TD Ameritrade Park: Home of the College World Series of baseball.

Must-see for everyone:

  • Henry Doorly Zoo: The top-rated zoo in the United States.
  • Aksarben Village: Shopping, dining, movies, night life, free outdoor concerts - a short walk from campus.
  • Omaha Visitors Bureau: Everything that's great about Omaha; regularly updated calendar of events.
  • Omaha Farmers Markets: Fresh produce and crafts from local farmers and artisans.
  • The Old Market: Shopping, dining, night life, holiday festivals, art shows, and walking trails linked to the restored riverfront.
  • Midtown Crossing: Movies, shopping, lunch, outdoor jazz concerts, and night life.
  • The Holiday Lights Festival: Ice skating, Christmas lights, and hot chocolate in the winter months.
  • The Durham Museum: History of the area's Wild West and 19th Century roots, housed in the former train depot.
  • The Joslyn Art Museum: Fine arts from antiquity to contemporary; outdoor concerts in the sculpture garden.
  • Lauritzen Gardens: A living botanical museum; many hectares of green tranquility.

Beyond Omaha

With a car or a ride from a friend, international students can explore Nebraska beyond Omaha. The International Advising office frequently organizes trips to some of these sites as well. Check the calendar of International Events for upcoming trips:

Nebraska Neighbors


Each semester, a group of international students travel beyond Omaha to small communities in rural Nebraska, where they visit schools, farms, and small businesses and spend a couple nights with host families. These exchange activities increase intercultural awareness among UNO students and their hosts in towns like West Point, Norfolk, and Scottsbluff.