Experienced Volunteers, Volunteer Mentors & Volunteer Mentors in training
Volunteer retention is an important goal for AYUDA. Not only is it to key to the success of our programs in-country (our partners and the communities we serve benefit from working with familiar faces) but it provides an avenue of growth for volunteers within the organization. Increasingly, AYUDA aims to find new ways for experienced volunteers to support us in-country in positions of increasing responsibility (according to individual skill-sets) both within and outside our traditional volunteer programs.
Are you interested in returning to volunteer in-country with AYUDA?
If you have already volunteered with AYUDA and are interested in returning, there are now several potential opportunites for you. These include:
1. Opportunities to be an experienced volunteer, volunteer mentor, or volunteer mentor-in-training within our current program scheme. Click here to read about our 2013 Programs.
2. At least one new opportunity open to only experienced volunteers for next summer in the Dominican Republic and Ecuador.
3. Invite-only opportunities.
Please read the descriptions below for types of volunteer roles we are looking to fill. To apply to the 2013 Program as a returning volunteer, please click here.
Roles for Returning Volunteers
Please note: All returning volunteers will be expected to fundraise for AYUDA. Depending on the opportunity, the fundraising goal might be subject change.
Experienced Volunteers: Have participated in-country in at least one program with AYUDA (this does not have to be within the previous year). Typically experienced volunteers are interested in a variety of opportunities, including project-based opportunities, or opportunities based on a specfic skill set.
Volunteer Mentors: Volunteer Mentors are experienced AYUDA volunteers who want to participate in the Summer Programs but are looking to take on additional leadership roles within the organization. Volunteer Mentors play an integral role in supporting the AYUDA volunteer team in volunteer recruitment and selection, as well as training and retention. Volunteer Mentors also collaborate with AYUDA local partners by participating in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the local diabetes projects. Volunteer Mentors must be available for the entire duration of the AYUDA Summer Programs, and commit to a year-long contract. They are expected to participate in a minimum of two consecutive in-country projects within the 12 month period of their role.
Volunteer Mentors in Training: Mentors-in-Training typically are in their second year of the program and are looking for an increased role within AYUDA, but have less experience. They will work with AYUDA staff and the Volunteer Mentors on training, project planning and implementation, but will take a lesser role in these activities.
Please read the current program descriptions and dates before starting your application.
If you haven't yet participated in-country that means you're a new volunteer (new applicants have a separate application process here)