Barefoot College is sincerely grateful for your interest in Volunteering with us.
For more than 40 years, we have been dedicated to developing the capacity of the rural poor in India and around the world. This dedication naturally focuses our organization inward when we look to develop our organizational capabilities. For this reason we have a dedication to accepting only a few specially selected International volunteers who are committed to learning from and sharing their experiences with the entire Barefoot College Family. Preference is given to volunteers from within India who do not have formal education.
We work in partnership with more than 60 Non-Governmental Organizations and Community Based Organizations internationally. We would also encourage you to contact any of them to offer your time to our International projects around the world. International partners can be located in the Partners section.
We offer International Fellowships in the following regions: West Africa, East Africa, Pacific Islands, Central America, and South East Asia. For information please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Volunteer Openings
Measurement & Evaluation Assistant Volunteer
Organize oral translations of all M&E survey tools and work directly with women trainees to train them on the utilization of available survey tools and the tablet. Tilonia, Minimum commitment 6 months. Tilonia, Rajasthan Based. Living accommodation provided. Hindi and English Bi Lingual only please apply.
International Volunteer Program Fellowships
Develop Regional communication, training and execution of the Measurement & Evaluation Program at Barefoot College. Support villages by reinforcing the Barefoot Approach methodology and trouble shooting collectively with villages and ground partners to carry out course correction. These positions report to the International Communications Office and the Regional Directors. Candidates must speak and write at high level English together with a at least one Native Language. Volunteers agree to spend a minimum of 3 weeks training in Tilonia before field placements and agree to commit an overall 5 months to the Fellowship. Costs for Travel on behalf of the college are covered by Barefoot College., Room and board in Tilonia are also covered. Fellows are expected to fund their own living arrangements , board and local transportation in their countries of placement.
Regions currently open for Fellowships: SE Asia, Central America, India East Africa, West Africa, Pacific Islands
International Communications Volunteer
Manage the International communications across all capacities; Ground Partners, Regional Program Fellows, External Communications, Press and Social media participation. Excellent written and spoken English. Hindi extremely helpful . Minimum commitment 6 months. Tilonia Rajasthan Based. Living accommodation provided.
Sport Teacher/ Coach
A sport teacher or coach Volunteer is needed for implementation of sport curriculum pilot program at NGO Day school and Bridge school. Co educational activities and girls/boys sport options to be developed. A minimum of 6 months commitment is required as this is an opportunity to develop and implement the curriculum. Experience in sports education or coaching with primary school age children necessary. Hindi speaking helpful but not neccessary. Tilonia, Rajasthan Based. Living accommodation provided.
Design Team Volunteers
Tilonia has a 35 year history of being a development resource for handicrafts as linked to cultural language and livelihood security for women. We would like to expand this capacity to include the development of some international products from the areas where our Women Barefoot Solar Engineers originate. We have a goal to develop a new line of luxury products across multiple countries with a high design sensibility.
We are seeking Product deigners and developers willing to give a period of time to being part of a unique team, building not only a new line of income bearing handicrafts but also a design department structure within the college.
A 3-6 month commitment if selected is mandatory. While it is not mandatory for all team members to be based in Tilonia, one extended trip in Tilonia to work at the college is required.
Graphic Designer Volunteers
In keeping with the Barefoot Philosophy of decentralized capacity and skill sets, we are looking for a group of Graphic designers willing to do ad hoc projects from wherever they are based across a range of projects and languges. You will be part of a pool and “jobs” will be posted on a central portal, for which you can submit designs for selection. Please submit several samples of previous work and details of where you can be reached.
Barefoot College volunteers are extraordinary and interested to learn, unlearn and relearn! We strive for diversity and encourage bi-lingual volunteers. We recommend a minimum period of 6 weeks with a maximum of 6 months. In special circumstances we may accept less or more time commitment. We have volunteer positions available in the following subject areas:
- Grounds and building work, eco sanitation and water management
- Rural livelihoods and handicrafts
- International Partner Communication (Language speciality French, Spanish, Arabic)
- Measurement and evaluation
- IT teaching (Excel, Word, file management, basic email usage, Google Docs and file sharing)
- Women’s Barefoot Solar Initiative
To apply for a volunteer position, please write to email@example.com
and reference your area of interest in the subject line. All applications should include the following:
- Name, address, age, nationality and languages spoke/written
- Statement of skills and attributes you feel would make you a great Barefoot College Volunteer
- What you hope to learn or experience by being a volunteer with us
- 3 things you are passionate about
- Any hidden talents or hobbies you would like to share (music, craft, artistic, etc)