Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering for ACDI/VOCA

How do I apply?

Please create a user account in our international recruitment system and submit a current résumé. This will allow you to apply easily and quickly to volunteer and/or consultant assignments posted on our website. It will also enable us to contact you regarding future assignments that match your experience and skills. A willingness to volunteer, however, does not guarantee automatic placement since the process is driven by our overseas clients' demand for particular skills.

What skills are you typically looking for?

ACDI/VOCA is always looking for expert volunteers to support our international development activities. We have ongoing needs for candidates with 10 years of experience in business, agriculture, banking and financial services, marketing, cooperative and association development, food processing, community development and other areas.

Current or recent (within two years) graduate students in the areas of business, agriculture and international studies are eligible to participate in ACDI/VOCA’s Service Learning Corps to support our overseas development programs. Learn more on the Service Learning Corps FAQ.

Do I need to speak the local language?

Foreign language skills are not required, but can be an asset. In cases where the volunteer does not speak the local language and the in-country host does not speak English, an interpreter is provided.

In which countries do you need volunteers?

Throughout Africa, Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Click here to view a list of current projects.

How long are the assignments?

From 2 to 4 weeks, typically.

Will there be any cost for me to volunteer?

Volunteers contribute their time and expertise while ACDI/VOCA pays for all assignment-related expenses. These include round-trip coach airfare, passport, visas, lodging, meals and incidentals, immunizations, supplemental health insurance and even emergency medical evacuation if required.

What kind of housing is provided?

This varies from country to country and depends somewhat upon whether the volunteer is based in an urban or a rural area. In urban areas, you may be housed in comfortable hotels, guesthouses, or apartments that the project leases. In rural areas, you may be asked to stay with the host, or in more rustic settings. Lodging information is provided in the scope of work for each assignment. You may not have all the comforts of home, but as Chesterton said, “Adventure is inconvenience rightly considered.”

May I take my spouse or other family member?

We cannot pay expenses for a spouse or other family member. If you would like to schedule a post-assignment vacation, we encourage family and friends to meet you after you have completed your obligations. Schedules may change, however, during your assignment, which may cause difficulty in coordinating with people who are not participating in the assignment.

Are there any further obligations on the part of the volunteer?

You will be asked to complete a project assignment report and an expense report. Many volunteers serve repeatedly so if it’s mutually acceptable you may want to entertain another assignment. And we always appreciate volunteers’ efforts to spread the word about ACDI/VOCA’s brand of development assistance among family and friends as well as civic and professional groups.

Can I make a donation to support sending more volunteers overseas?

Through your support we can send more expert volunteers who generously donate their time, expertise and much more to further the impact ACDI/VOCA programs have in the lives of our beneficiaries. Click here to make 100 percent, tax-deductible donation.

Where can I find out more about the Service Learning Corps

Current or recent graduate students in the areas of business, agriculture and international studies are eligible to participate in ACDI/VOCA’s Service Learning Corps to support our overseas development programs. Visit the Service Learning Corps page. Visit the Service Learning Corps FAQ for more information.