GENERAL FAQ'S ON VOLUNTEERING
Do I need to pay a fee? How will I support myself?
Supported volunteers do not pay a fee. They are provided housing, a modest living allowance, and health insurance directly from the ADC grant-funded program they will be working on. The living allowance adequately covers local living expenses in the country placement and is dependent on your site assignment. On average, ADC provides US$350 per month in addition to housing and health insurance. Supported Volunteers must cover their own airfare to and from the country. Supported Volunteer posts are available in Liberia, Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia.
Where will I be volunteering?
Supported volunteers work for ADC on a program in education, public health or food security being directly implemented by Africa Development Corps in Liberia, Uganda, Rwanda or Ethiopia. Past supported volunteers have worked on development programs sponsored by WFP, USAID, PEPFAR, FAO, USDA, UNICEF, UNHCR, the European Union, SDC and other donors. Our Supported Volunteers have worked as Field Coordinators, Program Development Officers, HIV/AIDS Counselors, Monitoring and Evaluation Officers, Finance Managers and Operations Managers.
How do I apply?
We do not accept unsolicited Supported Volunteer Applications. As they become available, Supported Volunteer positions are listed on our website as well as other international development job sites, such as ReliefWeb. To apply for a Supported Volunteer position, you should follow the instructions in the position announcement.
What type of fields can I work in?
In the past, volunteers have found organizations suited to a wide variety of interests, including healthcare, education, social justice and human rights, journalism, economics and business development, agriculture, and ecology.
Can my student loans be deferred while I participate in the program?
Many volunteers find that their lender is willing to defer their loan payments while they participate in a ADC program. Contact your lending institution to find out if you are eligible.
How can I learn more about the country where I’m volunteering before I go?
Check out library books and travel websites such as Lonely Planet (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/) for cultural information and the state department website (http://www.state.gov/) for current political and economic information. Also look at maps, talk to people who have visited or studied the country, visit the country’s embassy if possible, and check out local food, music, and literature. If you are interested, study the local language using a resource like Rosetta Stone software or Teach Yourself books.
Will I have running water/electricity/other conveniences?
Africa Development Corps tries to secure the best possible housing for its volunteers; however, working on a limited budget and in the developing world, it is impossible to find housing without some minor flaws. Water and electricity will sometimes fail, and refrigeration and appliances like washing machines are frequently not available. All efforts are made to keep the houses secure, but bringing lots of valuables is still not recommended.
How much spending money will I need per month?
This can vary widely depending on whether or not you plan to spend money on weekend travel, going out for meals, entertainment, souvenirs, and other costs. The $350/month stipend is intended to help pay for food, transportation and other necessities; other costs are volunteers’ responsibilities. Be aware that locally produced goods will usually be fairly inexpensive, but imported goods will often be more expensive than they are at home. Recent volunteers have estimated a spending budget of $300 per month.
What does the basic health insurance cover?
The health insurance covers clinic and hospital visits for injury and illness sustained in the country, and for medical evacuation from the country in the event of an extremely serious situation.