Entry into NGO aid work
June 28, 2007 12:15 PM Subscribe
How does one groom oneself for development/aid work in developing countries? What are your experiences (or resources for experiences) landing positions with NGOs, and the difference between bottom-up and top-down approaches for contact?
posted by iamck to Work & Money (4 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
In the Amazon I met friends of Dorothy Stang
who traveled to the (then) poorest district of Pará, utilizing her dedication and international attention to drastically change the area (establishing schools and sustainable development projects). Her story is inspiring and surprising - to alleviate poverty, to fight "on the ground" what does one need?
In the small villages in Northeast Brazil, I discussed the possibility of teaching in exchange for food and a place to live and was welcomed with open arms. Acquaintances with a hospital in Mozambique said they need translators, and I was welcome to come.
All of these options are voluntary of course. I'm not independently wealthy, and would like to be able to get home to see my family at least once in awhile - so it would be beneficial to someday work this into some type of work. Before diving headfirst in, is there something I should know? Would I be better off training and specializing in a field, or am I better just to hit the ground already? (I currently hold a Bachelors in Bioengineering, practically sans skill set besides speaking English and Portuguese).