Before You Apply

Before you apply you should consider whether volunteering for AWB is right for you. Working in a developing country requires that you are willing to adapt to a new culture. The living and working conditions that you are used to at home may not be duplicated in your host institution and country. We will assure that housing meets minimum conditions of comfort, electricity, indoor plumbing, adequate furnishings and kitchen equipment, but these may not be up to familiar standards. Similarly, you must be comfortable with unfamiliar food, social conventions, and physical environments. Health services will be available, but might not be up to standards to which you are accustomed. Travel and health insurance will be provided during the period of your assignment, including coverage for emergency evacuation and repatriation.

You will be working for a host institution or ministry of education, and in most cases, they will be providing you with accommodations and a stipend, if they are able to do so. You will be expected to meet the same working conditions as your local colleagues concerning hours of work, relationships with your superiors and fellow workers, etcetera. The details of this will be spelled out in the job descriptions of the projects.

We are looking for people who are eager and able to work and live in a culturally different environment. AWB welcomes applications from people with disabilities and will make every effort to place these applicants consistent with the capacity of host countries in the developing world to accommodate particular disabilities.

If you are interested in volunteering, you should apply six to eight months before you expect to leave on assignment. We shall contact you immediately to let you know that we have received your application. It can take up to two months for AWB to assess your application, and if the project is a joint project with AUF, four months for AUF to assess your application.