10 Volunteer Programs for Mid-Level Global Development Professionals
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Taking on a volunteer assignment to enrich your CV is advice that only applies to recent graduates, right? Wrong. Volunteering can be a game-changer when it comes to mid-level career moves too.......

Taking on a volunteer assignment to enrich your CV is advice that only applies to recent graduates, right? Wrong. Volunteering can be a game-changer when it comes to mid-level career moves too.

In fact, programs like United Nations Volunteers (UNV) proactively seek experienced and highly-skilled individuals to serve as volunteers.

Check out this list of volunteer programs specifically for global development professionals with 5-10+ years of experience.

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  • 1. 10 volunteer programs for mid-level global development professionals
  • 2. ! Taking on a volunteer assignment to enrich your CV is advice that only applies to recent graduates, right? Wrong. Volunteering can be a game-changer when it comes to mid-level career moves too. ! In fact, programs like United Nations Volunteers (UNV) proactively seek experienced and highly-skilled individuals to serve as volunteers. ! Check out this list of volunteer programs specifically for global development professionals with 5-10+ years of experience.
  • 3. #1 ! ACDI/VOCA Service Learning Corps For masters or PhD students there is the Service Learning Corps. However, if you have more than 10 years of experience in international development, ACDI/VOCA pays for assignment-related expenses. Field projects include technical assistance in agribusiness, enterprise development, community development, food security and financial services. ! Click here to apply...
  • 4. #2 Global Service Corps GSC offers a variety of programs in Cambodia, Tanzania and Thailand. But for professionals with advanced degrees and some previous international experience, there is the SOS Fellowship Program. Though self-funded, the SOS Fellowship is designed to provide the training and field experience needed to secure a full-time position in the international development sector. ! Click here to learn more…
  • 5. #3 Peace ! Corps Response For returned Peace Corps volunteers as well as seasoned professionals with 10 years of experience there are “highly technical” placements. Peace Corps Response volunteers get the same benefits as traditional Peace Corps Volunteers. Assignments average 6 months and are updated weekly. ! Click here to learn more…
  • 6. #4 Citizen Corps Citizen Corps is a U.S. based Federal Emergency Management Agency program geared towards preparedness, training, and citizen involvement in supporting first responders. If you reside in the U.S., have CERT training or are otherwise qualified, this could be the perfect opportunity to assist local communities. ! Click here to learn more…
  • 7. #5 Bankers Without Borders Join the “global skillanthropy movement to end poverty” from anywhere in the world (even from behind your computer). Bankers Without Borders boasts a variety of programs with a range of commitment levels to help increase the organizational capacity of social enterprises. Bankers Without Borders isn’t limited to banking and finance professionals though. IT, marketing and human resource skills are very much needed. ! Click here to learn more…
  • 8. #6 Financial Services Volunteer Corps Put 10 years of financial services experience to the test with a oneweek overseas assignment. While professionals from the banking sector, regulatory and legal communities and capital markets with managerial experience are encouraged to apply, FSVC welcomes any seasoned professional with a particular skill set to contact them. ! Click here to learn more…
  • 9. #7 Engineers Without Borders Join the ranks of over 13,000 individuals through locally-based chapters to support almost 400 communities in need with sustainable engineering projects. Projects are supported remotely from your local chapter. See where you fit in.
 
 Click here to find a chapter near you…
  • 10. #8 Foundation for Sustainable Development ProCorps Professionals with 5+ years of experience in fields including health, microfinance, sustainability, technology, and more can join FSD’s ProCorps volunteers. Though selffunded, placements last between 2-12 weeks and are located at sites around the world. ! Click here to learn more…
  • 11. #9 Cuso International Canadian-based NGO, Cuso International recruits professionals from North America to work on education, health care, IT, business management, natural resource management, fundraising and more. Their Diaspora Volunteer Program gives Diaspora communities a chance to contribute to the development of their country of heritage. ! Click here to learn more…
  • 12. #10 United Nations Volunteers Join other mid-level professionals for UNV placements in program/project development, media/communication, engineering, training, public health and legal aid. UNV has been in operation since 1971 and places more than 7,500 volunteers every year. ! Click here to learn more...
  • 13. Make a game-changing career move ! ! Read: Volunteers can really make a difference Exclusive interview with head of United Nations Volunteers Peace and Development ! Watch this clip: Volunteering with the UN; A mid-level career strategy Webinar with Rita Tsering, Recruitment Associates of United Nations Volunteers, Rita Tsering and Manuel Brakaj !