What Volunteers Do
Volunteers work in one of six program areas. Below are brief descriptions of the kinds of work Volunteers do in each area. Click here to browse current job openings, locations, qualifications, living conditions at site, and more.
Volunteers work with small-scale farmers to increase food security, adapt to climate change, and manage resources. They assist farmers by promoting best practices in livestock management and fruit, vegetable and cash crop production, and with product storage, sales, marketing, and more.
- Community Economic Development (business-related)
Volunteers work with nongovernmental and other organizations to strengthen infrastructure and encourage economic opportunities in communities. They teach in classroom settings and basic computer skills, work with entrepreneurs and business owners to develop and market their products, and help communities take advantage of e-commerce, distance learning, and more.
Volunteers create links among schools, parents, and communities by working in elementary, secondary and postsecondary schools as math, science, conversational English, and resource teachers or as early-grade reading and literacy teacher trainers. Some develop libraries and technology resource centers.
Volunteers help lead grassroots efforts in their communities to protect the environment and strengthen understanding of environmental issues. They teach environmental awareness in elementary and secondary schools and to youth groups and community organizations. Volunteers also address environmental degradation by promoting sustainable use of resources.
Health Volunteers promote nutrition, maternal and child health, basic hygiene, and water sanitation in their communities. They work in HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs to train youth as peer educators, develop appropriate education strategies, provide support to children orphaned by the pandemic, and do much more.
- Youth in Development (social work)
Volunteers work with youth in communities on projects that promote engagement and active citizenship, including gender awareness, employability, health and HIV/AIDS education, environmental awareness, sporting programs and information technology.