Bolivia Chile Colombia Ecuador Guatemala Haiti Honduras Nicaragua Peru United States of America Uruguay
About America Solidaria
América Solidaria is an international nonprofit organization founded Chile with offices in Colombia, Haiti, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, the US, and Mexico. Our mission is to end child poverty and to create a more equitable hemisphere by building networks of cooperation throughout the Americas. We have been working shoulder-to-shoulder with the underprivileged communities for 15 years and we will continue until the poverty and inequality no longer exist.
We engage directly with the poorest and most underprivileged communities on social projects aimed at improving education, health and family economic stability of children, youth and their families. Since 2002, over 700 professionals from different countries within the Americas have shaped and led 225 grassroots projects in collaboration with 96 local host organizations in 13 countries.
About the Service Program
The fellowship is a 1-year professional service program that covers the volunteer’s travel and basic living costs. It starts with an orientation that provides cross-cultural, technical, health, and safety training either in Santiago, Chile or Bogota, Colombia.
Further, during the twelve months of in-country placement, fellows serve within the host organizations in the communities ranging from small rural villages to large urban centers. Upon completion of the program, fellows become true advocates of change equipped with the leadership skills, technical expertise and access to the network of changemakers across the Americas.
Fellows’ education, work experience, skills sets, and countries of origin are as diverse as the projects they are involved in. We invest a lot of effort into matching prospective fellows with host organizations in order to both suit fellows’ professional interests and serve the needs of the local communities.
An AS fellow is someone who is fed up with injustice and inequality, but who believes that with determination and optimism, change is possible. Fellows choose to use their technical and personal skills to serve others.
1.- Fellows direct and work on social projects that are vital to the community where they serve. They are team players and forge strong bonds with all involved.
2.- Fellows are the voice of our cause. They raise awareness by communicating the struggles and beauty they witness among those they are serving.
3.- Fellows are noted for their professionalism, work and volunteer experience and involvement in social issues. They are prepared for the challenges that long-term international fellows face.
4.- Fellows are always proactive and persevere when faced with a challenge. They understand that service to others requires tolerance and a positive attitude when dealing with obstacles as well as an ability to be continually amazed by each success.
5.- Fellows understand that there is great value in diversity and collaboration. Therefore, a commitment to multiculturalism and integration is vital to their professional and personal development.
Where are the projects located?
Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and the United States. Please note that Fellows are required to serve outside of their country of origin.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
Areas of Expertise
- Social sciences: sociology; psychology (incl. community psychology), psychotherapy, social work
- Health: midwifery and obstetrics, therapy, (incl. occupations therapy), kinesiology, physiotherapy, nutrition, speech and language pathology
- Education: basic education, early childhood education, pedagogy, special education
- Other: agricultural engineering, accounting
Fellowship Terms and Conditions
- Fellows are expected to serve full-time during the service-year fellowship;
- Fellows should not incur any outside obligations which may interfere with attending the orientation and other program activities;
- Fellows may not receive payment for their service in participating organizations during the course of their fellowship;
- Fellows may not hold any paid position that will interfere with their full participation in the fellowship program;
- Fellows are expected to conform to the same professional standards as paid staff members.
Selection Process and Timeline
- For fellows who start in March, the selection process begins in October and ends in December.
- For those who start in September, the selection process begins in April and ends in June.
- Please review which professions are most needed in each cycle. The list will be published on our web site.
- Requirements as well as the selection processes and dates may vary from country to country.
Please direct any questions regarding the application process to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year
Cost/funding for participants:
What are the program benefits?
- Travel to and from country of service;
- Visa expenses;
- Out-of-country two week orientation training;
- Placement at a host organization;
- Housing and monthly living stipend adequate to support a modest lifestyle for one person;
- Health insurance;
- Access to the alumni network.