Wondering what types of people sign up for our overseas volunteer programmes?
To date our volunteers have come from over 20 countries including Australia, Taiwan, Canada, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Chile and many more. We see volunteers in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s from all walks of life and employment experiences.
But they all share this in common:
- A desire to leave a positive impact in the world
- A passion for business and international development
- A belief that empowering local people to solve their own business and community challenges will be what solves global poverty
MEET SOME OF 2016’s VOLUNTEERS
Dutch career breaker Hillchien, who went on from our Immersion Programme in Brazil to volunteer at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in partnerships development.
“…everyday is different and I like it that way. Living abroad puts you in the mood for exploring, searching for the unknown, and meeting new people.” READ MORE
Tech start-up and fundraising specialist Linda, from Ireland.
“When I saw the advert for an assignment to work as an Investment Advisor with a startup in Hyderabad, India, I jumped at the opportunity. My current contract was finishing, I had a verbal offer for a new job which didn’t look like it was going to materialise for a few months. I had done similar work with startups here in the UK. Plus I had never been to India….” READ MORE
IT Consultant and Managing Director Heiner, from Germany.
“I’m 51 years old, I’m a physicist and have a PHD in theoretical physics. I have worked for 25 years in the IT industry. I did the _Social Starters programme at the beginning of this year in January/February 2016, supporting social entrepreneurs in Hyderabad, India…” READ MORE
Ex-corporate Marketing Professional and Sailer, Sharon Hayward, from the UK.
“It’s hard to write a blog about why i’ve signed up to _SocialStarters and find something unique to say. But maybe that’s the point. As I was reading through previous blogs I found they resonated so
closely with how I felt, I was compelled to find out more.” READ MORE
Financial reporting accountant Brian Russell from Denver, Colorado, USA.
“The alluring pull of an experience in social entrepreneurship eventually tugged hard enough to uproot me from several steady years of accounting in the energy industry. My spark was struck as a sophomore business student in Colorado when I first studied the potential of microfinance in developing areas of the world. As chance would have it, my university was beginning to piece together a program in socially responsible enterprise just as my interest in the subject began to grow.” READ MORE
If you’d like to have a chat about your skills and experience and how you might be able to support a young entrepreneurs tackling issues in their community in Sri Lanka, India or Brazil drop us a line and speak to AnnaB at firstname.lastname@example.org.