Below you will read more information about the AYUDA application process.


2018 Application Deadline: February 11th, 2018.


Please follow the 6 simple steps below in order to complete your AYUDA application:

1) Required Reading:

2) Prior to filling out the application form, it is advisable that you download the application first so that you can prepare the few written answers in advance, as you will be unable to save an incomplete form. To download a PDF preview of the 2018 application, click here.  

3) Complete and submit the AYUDA Online Application: This online webform will ask you to specify your program choice and provide background information about yourself and your interests. The majority of the questions are multiple choice. Remember - you can apply for either of our programs individually, or if you are interested in applying in more than one and receiving a discount, please indicate it on your application.

4) Ensure you have submitted the $35 application fee (fee payments can be made online here or by sending a check directly to the AYUDA office (find the address below, under step 6). Please ensure you include the applicant name in the "Volunteer Name" box if someone else is paying your fee online,  or to include a note with your check, so that we know to whom the payment corresponds. 

5) If you would like to provide a resume/CV to supplement your application, please email to the attention of the AYUDA Director of Operations, Arianna Tuomey (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Submission of a resume/CV is optional.

6 ) AYUDA has recently updated the process for including personal references in your application. You may either have a professional reference directly submit a letter of recommendation to Arianna Tuomey (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or addressed to the AYUDA headquarter office: AYUDA, 1700 N Moore St, Suite 2000, Arlington, VA 22209) or provide the contact information for two personal references on the online application. Personal references may be a former or current professor, employer, or applicable professional (eg, doctor, health worker, non-profit staff, etc.)

We are honored that you are considering applying to an AYUDA program – we look forward to reading your application.


What happens next?

Once you submit your completed application, you will receive confirmation that your application has been received. Once reviewed, you should expect to hear from an AYUDA representative within one week. Please be ready with suitable times you could be available for a phone interview (about 30 minutes) to further explore questions you may have about the program and AYUDA. We will attempt to follow up with in-person interviews wherever possible.

Application Decision

Volunteers will be selected by the Volunteer Selection Committee using a specific protocol based on: suitability for the experience, skill set, potential for growth, and diversity of the volunteer team. The committee will include AYUDA board members, staff, former and experienced volunteers, volunteer mentors and local partners. While AYUDA will strive to select the most qualified volunteers, the selection committee will also take into account diversity of each volunteer. Diversity includes:

- Educational diversity (high school, college, graduate, post-graduate students, professionals)
- Diabetes diversity (volunteers with and without diabetes)
- Cultural and geographic diversity

Selection criteria for volunteers:

- Overall fit and commitment to AYUDA
- Specific skills and qualifications for project
- Adaptability
- Level of energy and motivation
- Multicultural outlook
- Language proficiency (where applicable)

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Arianna Tuomey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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