How to work abroad with an NGO

How to work abroad with an NGO

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One of the best ways to work abroad is with an NGO. Participating in a humanitarian project will be a great experience in which you’ll be able to help your surroundings as well as to develop yourself.

Let me share with you how to find these type of projects with NGOs, my experience in a project in Zimbabwe,  and how to participate in other opportunities around the world.

1. How to find consulting projects with NGOs

a. Webpages with project databases

If you want to participate with an NGO in a developing country, there are several websites in which you can find these kind of jobs:

  • Reliefweb: is a resource for job listings and training programs. Besides that its main objective is to serve as the leading humanitarian information source on global crises and disasters. When you access the webpage click on “Jobs” in the main Menu, there you´ll be able to make a refined research by job location, experience, and organization type between other characteristics.
  • UN jobs: provides a list of vacancies with UN and intergovernmental organizations. You can find a menu at the top in which you’ll be able to filter the projects by New Listings, Organizations, Duty Stations, and Closing soon.

Zimbabwe Mutasa

b. Characteristics of the jobs

You will be able to find a broad variety of jobs, in different areas, requiring different levels of experience and different duration (you can find projects as well as Full Time Positions).

  • Type: Consultancy, Internship, Job, and Volunteer Opportunity.
  • Career Category: Administration/Finance, Donor Relations/Grants Management, Human Resources, Information and Communications Technology, Information Management, Logistics/Procurement, Media/Communication, Monitoring and Evaluation, Program/Project Management.
  • Experience: 0-3 years, 3-5 years, 5-10 years, 10+ years.
  • Theme: Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment, Coordination, Disaster Management, Education, Food and Nutrition, Gender, Health, HIV/Aids, Logistics and Telecommunications, Mine Action, Peacekeeping and Peace building, Protection and Human Rights, Recovery and Reconstruction, Safety and Security, Shelter and Non-Food Items, Water Sanitation Hygiene.
  • Job Location: a broad list of countries all over the world.
  • Organization: a broad list of recognized organizations.

Zimbabwe Makoni

2. My experience

I spent five months on an agricultural distribution project in Zimbabwe with TechnoServe. This was a life changing experience which allowed me to acquire professional development, make great friendships, and visit several of the most beautiful natural places I’ve ever seen.

Overall it was a fulfilling experience that has encouraged me to continue discovering Africa. You can read more about in this blog post: My experience working with TechnoServe in Zimbabwe

The lovely people of Zimbabwe are so warm and welcoming. You can see in the following video one of my last days while finishing the project in Mutasa.

After the project ended, I stayed one extra month traveling in Zimbabwe and I got to see amazing places. You can read more about it in the post The 10 places you muy definitely visit in Zimbabwe.

Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Matopos
Travel Zimbabwe

3. How to participate in other opportunities around the world

Besides job opportunities, if you are searching for volunteer projects you can read the post How to find paid volunteer projects abroad and if you want to study abroad you can read the post How to find scholarships to study abroad.

In the Work Abroad section, you can find more experiences earning internships and full-time job positions abroad! If you had a similar experience and want to inspire others to apply please send an email to pilar.noriega@thelifestylehunter.com

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5 Comments

  1. 25/04/2017 / 4:01 AM

    I never knew these type of opportunities existed. It looks like an amazing experience and a great way to travel the world.

  2. wildandfreeoutdoors
    21/04/2017 / 8:03 PM

    Looks like an awesome experience!!! I love all of the photos !

  3. 21/04/2017 / 7:09 PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I think this was such a helpful resource for finding a position like this! I really need to travel more and I think working for organizations abroad is such a great way to give back while seeing the world!
    -Stephanie | http://www.nudelipdiaries.com

  4. 21/04/2017 / 3:34 PM

    Wow this is a great resource for anyone wanting to travel outside of the US and do something good. I will definitely pass this on to my daughters as I think they would like to participate. Thank you.

  5. 21/04/2017 / 10:44 AM

    This was very informative. I was actually speaking with a friend who was interested in participating in volunteering but had no real idea how to do so. I will definitely pass this on to him.

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