America Solidaria is an international non-profit organization that works to overcome childhood poverty throughout the Americas. We place international fellows in local nonprofit organizations to serve for a year in capacity-building projects focused on education, health, and economic development.
Founded in Santiago, Chile in 2002, America Solidaria has carried out more than 330 projects led by over 600 fellows at 85 non-profit organizations in 13 countries. Every year, more than 33,000 people throughout the Americas benefit from our partnerships with companies, governments, multilateral organizations, and local community stakeholders. Local offices can currently be found in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Haiti, Peru, Uruguay, and the United States.
America Solidaria seeks Spanish-speaking fellows to participate in a year-long program. Applicants should have a strong desire to implement local projects that build capacity for communities living in poverty and inequality.
Volunteers engage in cross-cultural dialogue and cultivate technical skills including grassroots organizing, community engagement, and leadership development. Please review our website at http://www.americasolidaria.org/en/proyectos/ to learn more about past volunteer projects.
Education levels, careers, work experiences, skills sets, and countries of origin are as diverse as the projects that volunteers are involved in. For that reason, we work diligently to match prospective volunteers with host organizations that maximize their skills and interests, as well as to make their placement an effective contribution to the goals of partner organizations. At times, highly qualified volunteers may not be placed in a given cycle, depending on the needs of the host organizations, and their applications are retained for future cycles. We are currently looking for people with training and professional experience in the following fields: education, special education, psychology, physical therapy, nutrition, social work, sociology/anthropology, business, and related fields.
Benefits of participating in this yearlong program include an out-of-country orientation that provides cross-cultural, technical, health, and safety skills training; an opportunity to further enhance language skills; and a professional experience that will contribute to a career in development, project management, and non-profit administration. During the 11-12 months of in-country service, volunteers will live with other individuals participating in the program in the communities they serve, ranging from small rural villages to large urban centers.
After completing their term of service, volunteers return to their country of origin as global citizens with leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and technical capacity that positions them well for further professional opportunities. Past volunteers have gone on to work in regional and international non-profits, government agencies, and the private sector.
WHERE ARE THE PROJECTS LOCATED?
Fellowships provide support to local organizations in the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and the United States. Please note that volunteers are required to serve outside of their country of origin.
WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA?
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident*
Applicants must be 35 years or younger
Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
Applicants must possess professional experience in the NGO/nonprofit/social or public sector
Applicants must demonstrate Spanish language ability through online interviews**
Applicants must demonstrate leadership and collaborative skills
* The US Office will process applications from Canada and Mexico for service in Latin America. Mexicans will be able to apply in Spanish.
**Knowledge of French/Creole would be an asset for Haiti, in addition to Spanish proficiency.
WHAT ARE THE PROGRAM BENEFITS?
Assistance with travel to and from country of service
Placement at a host organization
Housing and monthly living stipend (adequate to support a modest lifestyle for one person based on the local cost of living)
Alumni network throughout the Americas
Out-of-country two week orientation that provides cross-cultural, technical, health, and safety skills training.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Volunteers are expected to participate full-time during the service-year fellowship
Volunteers may not incur any outside obligations which might interfere with attending the orientation and other program activities
Volunteers may not perform political or religious advocacy during the course of their fellowship
Volunteers may not receive pay for serving in participating organizations during the course of their fellowship
Volunteers may not hold any paid position that will interfere with their full participation in the fellowship program
Volunteers are expected to conform to the same professional standards as paid staff members
Additional Note: If you’re married or engaged to be married, please keep in mind that América Solidaria will not sponsor visas for volunteers’ spouses or children. Also please consider that our housing and monthly living stipend is adequate to support a modest lifestyle for ONE person based on the local cost of living. Couples typically cannot serve together because placements are based on the skills required by projects.
APPLICATION CYCLE DATES
Twice a year (March and September), America Solidaria seeks a new cohort of talented individuals. Selection for the March cohort begins in October, and selection for the September cohort begins in March.
Please note, if you are accepted to the program, there may be a quick turnaround time between your acceptance and the beginning of the program. Start dates are not flexible, and assuming your visa is approved, you must begin your project with the cohort to which you are accepted.
SELECTION PROCESS AND TIMELINE:
Apply online (in Spanish) at: http://www.us.americasolidaria.org/hazte-voluntario/
Review of applications will begin on October 24th – for full consideration and the best chance of being selected, complete your application before this date! If your profile is a good match for a project, you may be contacted for a series of interviews.
Selection for the fellowship will be completed by February, at which point selected candidates will begin processing their visa applications.
New fellow orientation will be held in March, after which fellows will begin their year of service.
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