Poverty-fighting volunteer opportunities in Africa and beyond

After the overwhelming response we received after publishing Barbara Bush’s Global Health Corps fellowship on the ONE Blog, we decided to highlight a few other volunteer opportunities for our ONE members to dig through. Some of these programs will require you to leave the country, but others can be done right at your desk. Take a look:

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  • Teach in Africa: At WorldTeach, volunteers work as full-time teachers or employees of their host school and teach subjects like math, science, computer skills or HIV/AIDS awareness. The program offers two year-long programs in Africa — one in Tanzania and the other in Namibia. Fluency in English and a bachelor’s degree in any major is required. They accept applications on a rolling basis, so apply now.
  • Intern abroad: Instead of spending your summer interning at a high rise in the big city, why not consider going abroad? ProWorld offers a global health internship program in Ghana. Interns for this program take part in rural outreach programs and collaborate with medical providers to develop and implement health education strategies at the grassroots level. Only college students are eligible, and ProWorld accepts applications two months ahead of the program start date.
  • Special skills, special needs: VSO International recruits for volunteers with specific skill sets to fulfill much-needed job positions in Africa. Right now, they’re looking for a carpentry trainer for Nigeria, a lecturer in agronomy for Mozambique and an optometrist for Kenya, among others. In fact, one of our super volunteers, Tzviatko Chiderov, is volunteering in Zimbabwe with VSO right now.
  • Become an expert on malaria: Malaria No More and ONE are offering a free online course from mid-March through mid-May to train passionate volunteers into powerful spokespersons in the fight against malaria. Applications are due on March 1, so apply soon.
  • Build houses: In case you didn’t know, Habitat for Humanity has projects in Africa, too. Join a Global Village Work trip and build homes and shelters with a group of 12 volunteers. The next trip is in Mahalapye, Botswana, and lasts for about two weeks. Since Habitat set up shop in Botswana in 2008, they’ve built 1,717 homes.

And don’t forget, ONE has volunteer opportunities, too. If you’re a college student, join our ONE Campus Challenge. Or host a Living Proof watch party with your friends and family to show them that smart aid is helping to save lives and cut poverty. Got any other volunteer programs you want to share? Tell us in the comments below. And keep an eye on the ONE Blog for more featured volunteer opps like these.