Who’s Hiring? 7 Orgs Filling International Roles

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Whether you’re looking for a change of pace, have some new language skills that you’d like to put to good use in the social-impact space, or are simply ready for your next big adventure, a nonprofit career overseas could be the answer.

While certain countries don’t have as vast a nonprofit sector as we have here in the U.S., you’d likely be surprised at the range of opportunities calling for everything from language teachers and social media coordinators to executive directors and sales representatives.

If you’re looking for an international job but don’t know where to begin, start with these seven organizations, all hiring for roles located outside of the U.S.

African Impact | Cape Town, South Africa

African Impact is a sustainable volunteer travel organization running and managing meaningful and responsible volunteer experiences and internship programs throughout Africa.

The Small Enterprise Foundation | Tzaneen, South Africa

The Small Enterprise Foundation works to eliminate poverty by reaching the poor with a range of financial and non-financial services in order to help populations in need to realize their potential.

Yananpuma Foundation | Quito, Ecuador

The Yanapuma Foundation is a grassroots, self-sustaining NGO in Ecuador that works with a number of rural, indigenous and marginalized communities on sustainable development projects in the areas of health, education, economic development, environmental protection and agriculture.

Shenzhen Youth Leadership Exploring and Developing Center | Shenzhen Guangdong, China

Shenzhen Youth Leadership Exploring and Developing Center provides programs and services to cultivate leadership skills, improve personal qualities among the youth. Programs include but are not limited to mutual cultural communications, international internships and consulting.

VSO, various locations

VSO offers international volunteers an opportunity to share their skills and develop new ones while working volunteer projects and living as a part of a local community overseas.

Open Door Group, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Open Door Group provides person-centered employment services and innovative leisure programs, operating on the fundamental belief that all individuals have the right and the ability to succeed. Open Door Group specializes in supporting persons with disabilities and individuals facing multiple barriers to employment.

International Rescue Committee, various locations

International Rescue Committee provides emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. The IRC is committed to freedom, human dignity and self-reliance.


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