América Solidaria (AS) is an international social justice network promoting effective volunteer engagement in the Americas. Founded in 2002 in Chile, AS has offices in Bogota, Colombia; Port au Prince, Haiti; Lima, Peru; Montevideo, Uruguay; and Washington DC, United States.
Being one of the very few Latin American nonprofit organizations that alleviates poverty outside of its borders, our mission is to build networks of cooperation throughout the Americas. We work towards strengthening local projects with professional fellows by increasing the impact and ability of disadvantaged communities, helping them to become empowered and raise their standard of living.
According to the Gini index, the most commonly used indicator of economic inequality; Latin America is the most unequal region in the world to date (1). América Solidaria (AS) Professional Fellows are combating this inequality through collaborative efforts in the region to change the lives of hundreds of people across the continent. Our highly effective volunteer engagement program aims to address the concerns of everyday people, going so far as to tackle the issues of the high levels of inequality and poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean.
It is for this reason that América Solidaria partners with local organizations to develop programs to reduce poverty and inequality. The programs work towards generating more public awareness and creating cooperative and community-based efforts to meet the social needs of underrepresented communities.
About the América Solidaria Fellowship Program
América Solidaria (AS) is a nonprofit that partners with local organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean to examine, identify and ultimately get rid of the major problems facing a given community. AS looks for Professional Fellows who are interested in increasing the effectiveness and awareness of developmental grassroots organizations. By doing so, they can develop effective projects to help alleviate inequality and poverty by focusing on health, education and economic development to increase employment and promote entrepreneurial opportunities in a community. Through their tireless efforts, our volunteers have improved the lives of countless children and adolescents in communities all across the continent.
Since its launch in 2002, AS has sent over 460 professionals fellows from different parts of the Americas to volunteer in a wide range of projects at various host organizations.
Professional Fellows participate in rigorous community-run cross-cultural and technical projects that emphasize organizing grassroots organizations, community engagement and leadership development. Professional fellows become a part of an ongoing collaborative effort, working through a cycle of projects that addresses issues in disadvantaged communities and builds a greater organizational capacity to help overcome poverty.
Our Fellows’ unique backgrounds in education, careers, work experience, and skills sets are as diverse as the projects of the host organizations and communities they serve. For this reason, we work closely with partner organizations to identify prospective professional fellows to strategically complement the needs and interests of organizations with the skills and interests of our Fellows.
Professional fellows help develop community partnerships and activities that provide long-term and sustainable tools to decrease inequality and poverty in a community.
The Fellowship is a one-year service program that includes an out-of country orientation that provides workshops to facilitate cross-cultural, technical, health, and safety skills. With the belief that international communities are pioneers in personal and cultural transformations, our professional fellows live alongside other fellows from participating countries in the communities they serve. These communities can range from small rural villages to large urban centers.
After completing their year of service, professional fellows return to their home country as global citizens, with an unbeatable cross-cultural understanding and leadership and technical skills that set them up for future professional opportunities.
Where are the programs located?
Fellowships provide support to local organizations and identify the main problems of the communities in the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and the United States.
What is the basic eligibility criteria?
Applicants must be 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 live and serve in a foreign country
Applicants must demonstrate Spanish language ability*
Applicants must demonstrate leadership and collaborative skills
*Knowledge of French/Creole would be an asset for Haiti
What are the program benefits?
Travel to and from country of service
Placement at a “Host Organization”
Housing and monthly living stipend (this is adequate to support a modest lifestyle for one person based on the local cost of living)
Alumni Americas Network
Out-of-country two-week orientation that provides cross-cultural, technical, health, and safety skills.
Fellowship Terms and Condition
Fellows are expected to participate full-time during the service-year fellowship.
Fellows may not incur any outside obligations, which might interfere with attending the orientation and other program activities.
Fellows may not perform political or religious advocacy during the course of their fellowship.
Fellows may not receive pay for serving in participating organizations during the course of their fellowship.
Fellows may not hold any paid position that will interfere with their full participation in the fellowship program.
Fellows 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 Fellow spouses or children. Also you must have to 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.
Application cycle dates
The América Solidaria Professional Fellows program considers applicants bi-annually to join the cohorts in March and September. While we consider applications on a rolling basis throughout the year, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to be considered for one of our two yearly cohorts.
Please note, If you are accepted to the program, there may be a quick turn around 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
– September 15, 2014: Fellowship filing begins
– NEW November 3, 2014: Priority deadline for applications (close at 11:59pm EST)
– November 03 – 14, 2014: Application review process begins
– November 14, 2014: Up to three semi-finalist are selected for each volunteer position. All candidates are notified of their application status by email.
– November 17 – December 5, 2014: Interviews with semi-finalist
– December 5, 2014: Deadline for Letters of recommendation (close at 11:59pm EST)
– December 19, 2014: Most final decisions made these weeks
– March, 2015: Out-of-country orientation
– March 2015: Volunteers’ first day at Host Organization
1. Online Application and Resume: Fill out the application below and send your current resume to email@example.com
Application Form: http://bit.ly/1qLTDPo
2. Letters of Recommendation: Only required for semi-finalists. All candidates will need two references to complete the America Solidaria recommendation form. In your application you will be asked to enter the names and email addresses of your two references. If you are a semifinalist your references will receive an email with a form to fill out.
We recommend that at least one of the forms be completed by someone who has supervised or managed you in a professional capacity. The second may be from a professional or academic reference.
3. Interviews: All semi-finalists are interviewed by America Solidaria U.S and America Solidaria Internacional Staff: Personal – Technical and Spanish Interview. Skype or phone interviews can be arranged.
4. Review Process: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee including America Solidaria U.S. and America Solidaria Internacional staff.
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