Interested in volunteering on a VEGA Member program? You can register with our members and you may be called upon to work on an upcoming VEGA program. Our members seek highly-skilled experts to work on their programs. Each Member specializes in certain areas – check out the links below for more information!
Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF) has been established since 2004 for the specific purpose of promoting and supporting renewable, responsible and sustainable aquaculture to assist in poverty alleviation and malnutrition through improving rural livelihoods in developing countries. AwF is a member of Alliance Against Hunger & Malnutrition (AAHM) and an affiliate of World Aquaculture Society. In its work, AwF draws on the experience of a solid volunteer force of respected professionals from every relevant discipline. We are unique in devoting our resources to aquaculture; however, we do not seek to promote aquaculture in isolation, but as a component of integrated rural and coastal development plans, and of strategies to alleviate poverty and hunger. AwF encourages interaction, cooperation and linkages with other organisations. AwF is incorporated in California #2671553. Exempt from State and Federal [section 501(c) (3)] taxes as a public charity. More information can be obtained at our website.
The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives are the result of aninvestment in Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability by the Walton Family Foundation. Within the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, diverse teams of faculty, students, entrepreneurs, researchers and innovators collaborate to deliver sustainability solutions throughout the globe, provide learning opportunities for future and current sustainability leader, and engage audiences of all ages to take action and celebrate sustainability solutions.
Creative Learning manages America’s Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA), a citizen diplomacy initiative dedicated to increasing the number of Americans who volunteer in the Muslim World. From archaeologists to engineers, Unofficial Ambassadors volunteer with grassroots organizations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East to meet some of the Muslim World’s most urgent development needs in areas such as education, youth services, and civil society.
As volunteers, Unofficial Ambassadors form people-to-people partnerships through their service that build cooperation between America and the Muslim World. Upon their return, volunteers work to foster cross-cultural understanding at home by sharing their experiences with the public through blogs and community presentations.
As part of the AUA initiative, the School-2-School program advances goals related to education and mutual understanding at the grassroots level in the United States and in the Muslim World. S2S has benefitted thousands of students and their teachers since 2005 in countries ranging from Afghanistan and Bangladesh to Indonesia and the United States.
As part of USAID’s John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program, CNFA provides opportunities for U.S. farmers, researchers, and other agribusiness professionals to contribute to the development of a market economy by sharing their expertise with aspiring entrepreneurs across the globe. Our volunteers are experts in their fields, representing all industries with a common commitment to helping people in the developing world respond to the demands of markets, improve production, and increase incomes. CNFA volunteers provide technical assistance for two-to-three week time periods in all aspects of a target industry from financial management and cooperative development to post-harvest practices and product marketing.
CQI is looking for individuals with coffee and/or general business skills, including expertise in any of the following:
- Quality and inventory control
- Management and marketing practices
- Cupping training
- Post-harvest processing, agronomics, and environmental issues
Volunteer assignments depend on the types of assistance requests we receive. However, most volunteers travel to countries in the Americas, Africa or Asia, and stay for approximately two weeks.
FSVC is always looking for volunteers to help their in-country partners around the world build the financial infrastructure necessary for stable, vibrant economies.
FSVC offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, including providing assistance:
In-Country: Volunteers travel to the country where assistance is requested. Projects can be in the form of consultations, workshops, seminars, roundtable discussions, etc.
Stateside: Volunteers can host meetings or training for representatives from overseas financial institutions when they visit the United States.
Third-Country: Volunteers can host meetings or training for representatives from overseas financial institutions when they visit a non-U.S. country for a project.
Commentaries: Volunteers can provide written feedback on various topics of importance to overseas financial institutions. Most often, commentaries are legal in nature, such as providing comments on a draft law. No travel is required on either the counterpart or the volunteer side.
In the past 22 years, FAVACA has conducted over 1,300 volunteer missions to 29 countries in the Caribbean and Central America, impacting over 35,000 individuals in an effort to improve economic and social conditions in the region.
FAVACA recruits expert volunteer consultants from around Florida to meet their program needs. They responds quickly to requests from government officials and non-governmental organizations in these areas:
- Economic growth
- Disaster relief
- Emergency management
- Youth and women’s leadership
FRB is a humanitarian, nongovernmental organization founded in 1999 to end world hunger through agricultural development. FRB raises resources and awareness to support small-scale farmers in developing countries through training, community development and seeds/tools.
FRB partners with a network of organizations to support 50 to 60 agricultural programs in developing countries each year. FRB annually engages 200+ U.S. communities of farmers, rural leaders, faith leaders, and agribusinesses in to raise funding and awareness for their overseas programs. Since its founding, FRB has supported over a million small-holder farmers in growing lasting solutions to hunger.
GBSN offers networking, program and knowledge resources to business school faculty and administrators, as well as opportunities for corporations and development organizations to engage in advancing management education for the developing world.
As a member of GBSN you have the unique opportunity to share your expertise and experience to advance management education for the developing world by engaging in peer mentoring with colleagues around the globe.
GBSN facilitates these relationships by matching member business school faculty, deans, and administrators with colleagues in the developing world that share their interests. These mutually beneficial relationships between international colleagues provide invaluable knowledge transfer, potential for collaboration and friendships across cultures.
Institute for International Education (IIE)
IIE fosters sustainable development through training programs; service learning; volunteerism in the fields of business and economic growth; energy, environment and international development; and gender and leadership development. IIE can deliver long and short-term support through its Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP). EMDAP is a unique opportunity for students and recent graduates to contribute to emerging market business development by using their knowledge of business management practices to identify business solutions in diverse situations.
MBA/MA students and graduates of International Development/Relations program who have the desire to work on a USAID project for one year abroad in a developing country.
Placements are made where USAID is present in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Eurasia.
ICMA Member Task Forces, Advisory Groups, and Committees are a great opportunity for member participation, connection, and networking.
The ICMA Executive Board usually considers whether to establish new task forces or committees at its February board meeting. Members are encouraged to volunteer in the spring, and appointments are made by the president-elect in June. New groups usually start their work at the annual conference in the fall.
Volunteer Experts conduct many of IESC’s technical and managerial assistance projects overseas. VEs who successfully complete assignments derive enormous satisfaction from helping businesses and organizations in developing economies improve operations and compete more effectively in their markets.
IESC encourages industry experts to register in their database for involvement with their organization on future assignments.
The IRPF began in 1992 to assist with the transition of real estate markets in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Since 2000, its mission is to create viable private real property markets worldwide. IRPF’s competencies in real estate market development include brokerage, appraisal, real estate finance, and other elements to strengthen capital markets and develop entrepreneurial market makers’ capabilities to succeed.
Land O’LakesInternational Development
Since 1981, Land O’Lakes has been helping farmers in developing countries to enhance their productivity, grow their agribusinesses, and connect to functioning, healthy markets. By leveraging the 90 years of agribusiness cooperative heritage that comes from being an integral part of America’s second-largest cooperative, Land O’Lakes International Development is able to apply an integrated approach to international agricultural development. Their practical experience and in-depth knowledge implementing over 260 programs in 75+ countries enables them to facilitate market-driven business solutions that generate economic growth, improve health and nutrition, and alleviate poverty around the world.
Land O’Lakes regularly seeks highly skilled professionals to work on a wide range of projects in developing countries. They invite experienced applicants with backgrounds in agriculture or international development to become part of their diverse team of employee and volunteer professionals who support our work in the U.S. and abroad.
For 60 years, MEDA has been designing and implementing innovative and effective market-driven economic development programs that improve the livelihoods of millions of people living in poverty around the world. Founded by a small group of service-oriented business people, MEDA has grown to become a large, dynamic international organization comprised of thousands of members and supporters across North America and Europe. MEDA believes its work is not done until it is proven to be sustainable, replicable, scalable and measurable. MEDA is a recognized leader for establishing best practices in financial services, investment fund development, market development and solving poverty by responding to each population’s unique needs.
National Cooperative Business Association’s Cooperative League of the USA International Program (NCBA-CLUSA)
The National Cooperative Business Association’s Cooperative League of the USA International Program’s USAID-sponsored Farmer-to-Farmer program sends American farmers and agribusiness professionals on 2-3 week agricultural development assignments, promoting sustainable economic growth and agricultural development worldwide. Volunteer technical assistance from US farmers, agribusinesses, cooperatives, and universities helps smallholder farmers in developing countries improve productivity, access new markets, and conserve environmental and natural resources.
For 50 years NRECA International has provided people in developing countries with access
to safe, reliable and affordable electricity. For the 110 million people in 42 countries who have benefitted from the work, life has changed and improved in the form of better education, health, provision of clean water and economic opportunity. To share the U.S. electric cooperative experience with partners in developing countries, NRECA International was established in 1962 by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, an organization that represents more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned U.S. electric cooperatives. The NRECA International Foundation was established in 1985 to connect U.S. electric cooperatives and their staff with electrification programs worldwide. Successful rural electrification programs designed and implemented by NRECA International focus on improving and expanding rural electric infrastructure, establishing self-sustaining and well-managed rural electric utilities, and providing technical assistance and consulting services to electric utilities in developing economies.
OICI’s mission is to improve the quality of life of low-income, disadvantaged individuals through the provision of sustainable human resource development services.
OICI has specialized in creating indigenous non-governmental organizations in developing and transitional countries – community-based organizations that provide training in vocational and technical skills, agricultural and rural development, post-conflict rehabilitation and reintegration, and entrepreneurship.
Today OICI works in three specific areas: education and training, food security, and entrepreneurship and business development.
Partners for Development (PFD) helps to address local needs and challenges in health, agriculture and livelihoods through community-based programs. PFD builds local capacity through helping local partners design, implement, and assess programs around the globe. Through this approach, PFD helps develop and transfer key skills to local counterparts. Based on a core model of local capacity building, Partners for Development works at the community level to meet the basic human needs of under-served populations with programs designed to build skills, promote resilience, and improve quality of life. PFD’s programs are participatory and responsive in nature, with local partners taking an active role in designing, implementing, and monitoring programs.
Formerly CDC Development Solutions, PYXERA Global strives to create groundbreaking partnerships between the public, private, and social sectors that leverage the innovation in each to create shared value for clients.
PYXERA Global manages MBAs Without Borders, matching talented and experienced MBA graduates to skill-based, pro bono consulting assignments in emerging markets worldwide.
Through long-term technical assistance and market-based strategies, MBAs Without Borders Advisors enable enterprises, government agencies, and civil society organizations in emerging and frontier markets to acquire, utilize, and adapt the latest management tools and techniques needed to strengthen institutional capacity, improve service provision and support systemic change.
Volunteer opportunities at SAVE include rebuilding disaster-stricken areas, teaching English, providing administrative support to at-need organizations, ecological clean-up, World Heritage Site preservation and many many others. Voluntourists range from advanced level medical professionals to church youth groups and everywhere in between.
Within its network, the SAVE Travel Alliance can help identify a rewarding travel opportunity for those with time to give and the destinations that need the help.
Winrock volunteers work with farmers, businesses, organizations and governments worldwide on short-term assignments, sharing their experience and expertise and improving lives. Volunteer programs address emerging challenges and support existing programs through specialized services.
Since 1991, Winrock volunteers have traveled to 55 countries and completed more than 5,100 assignments. Volunteers support Winrock programs in the areas of agricultural development, economic growth, natural resource management, renewable energy, democracy and governance, enterprise development, and empowerment of women and youth.