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Alert: Overseas volunteering fellowships

June 14, 2004 11:34 IST
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Voluntary Services Overseas, an international development charity, will start recruiting for the second batch of VSO volunteers from India to work in other developing countries in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. VSO will recruit volunteers through a programme called iVolunteer Overseas (www.ivoindia.org), a joint initiative with MITRA, a non-profit charity based in India.

VSO is looking to recruit volunteers from the skill areas of business and non-profit management, microfinance, IT training fundraising, community and social work A typical VSO volunteering assignment lasts for two years and the volunteers are provided with travel assistance, grants, training support and a modest monthly allowance during the period of their placements.

Volunteering through VSO is a 'life-changing' experience, both for the volunteer and for the people with whom they live and work. VSO volunteers get the chance to learn a new language, live in another culture and develop career and leadership skills. Volunteering with VSO helps build your professional expertise and gain a greater understanding of 'the big picture'. It also helps in sharpening skills, expanding one's experience and increasing understanding.

The chance to make a real difference in other people's lives is the reason most volunteers serve in VSO's programmes around the world. Volunteers are also interested in bringing back new skills and insights to enrich development work in their home countries. Like all volunteers, they have a strong sense of adventure and are excited about experiencing a different culture.

For more information on how to apply to become a VSO volunteer visit www.ivoindia.org or contact Rahul at 011-26217460 or send a mail to ivo@mitra.org.in

The last date for sending CVs for the programme is June 24.

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