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Volunteer Opportunities



Volunteering is one way to get your foot in the door of an organization. Volunteer opportunities are available in a wide range of locations and disciplines. Some provide room and board. If you are focusing on developing countries, volunteer positions are often your best bet for acquiring international experience. They may provide a "pay off" as you enter the job market after graduation by giving you valuable experiences to include on your resume and discuss during job interviews.

Many organizations promoting social change offer volunteer positions. Examine your values carefully if you are exploring this facet of international work, because service agencies usually seek individuals who share their political or religious beliefs. Understand the mission of any organization before joining or working for it.


Volunteer Resources
  • The most notable volunteer organization is the Peace Corps. Volunteers make a two year commitment to work with teachers and communities in developing countries to help them take charge of their own futures.
  • Volunteer Services Overseas is an organization that places over 800 volunteers aged 20-70 around the world each year in the fields of education, health, natural resources, business, social work, librarianship, media, law, the technical trades, and engineering.
  • Global Volunteers, a private non-profit, non-sectarian development organization, was founded in 1984 with the goal of helping to establish a foundation for peace through mutual understanding.
  • Job Listing Sites - International
  • Internet Nonprofit Center, a program of the Evergreen State Society, provides a list of international nonprofit organizations, resources on volunteering abroad, and more.
  • Through the Non-Governmental Section of the Department of Public Information (DPI) at United Nations Headquarters, you can do a search through a database of 1,400 NGOs worldwide that are associated with the DPI and that work to disseminate information about the UN to the local constituencies.
  • http://www.volunteermatch.org/