August 30, 2010

Opportunities provided by Volunteers in Asia

VIA is a US-based nonprofit organization offering practical, on-the-ground experience in Asia for Americans. For college graduates and others who seek practical work experience in Asia, VIA places volunteers with partner NGOs, schools and universities in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, or Vietnam.

VIA places volunteers in often-neglected locations where few Americans go.

VIA partners work in education, women’s rights and anti-trafficking, the environment, community development, and other areas meeting local needs. There, VIA volunteers help build local capacity in English or offer resource training to local NGO organizations, while learning about local culture, building new friendships, gaining field-based experience in areas of interest.
Since 1963, VIA has provided innovative experiential-learning programs in Asia that promote cross-cultural understanding, build partnerships, and offer transformative experiences for participants and the communities they serve.

VIA seeks recent college graduates and adults of all ages living in the United States, who are interested in exploring new opportunities in Asia. Fluency in English is a prerequisite for program participation, and a college degree is required for one- and two-year positions.

If you are interested in working with Asian partners, experiencing cross-cultural exchange, and furthering communication and understanding between the peoples of the United States and Asia, chances are high there is a VIA program for you. Check out the VIA website at or for further questions, contact David Manning at david (at)

Posted by zzhu at 04:41 PM

August 26, 2008

Host Families Needed for Chinese Exchange Student

Please contact Shuming Bao.
Senior Research Coordinator, China Date Center
phone: 734 647 9610

email: email:

Posted by moyera at 02:17 PM

June 27, 2008

Amnesty International

Amnesty International USA is seeking Country Specialists who are willing to donate their time and knowledge to the Human Rights Movement in China.

You must be willing to DONATE at least 10 hours per week and make a minimum two year commitment to the program.

Salary: Volunteer position, but AI-related expenses will be compensated.
Start Date & Application Deadline: not stated

AIUSA's network of Country Specialists serve as our primary monitors and experts on the relevant country, serve as spokesperson's support other AI activists, and develop and implement action strategies to improve human rights.

Ideal candidates should have a combination of country/regional expertise, academic background in the region, relevant language abilities and Amnesty International or other human rights activist experience. You must be willing to donate at least 10 hours per week and make a minimum two year commitment to the program. This is a volunteer position which is unpaid, but AI-related expenses will be compensated.

While we currently have a particular need to find experts on China, feel free to contact us if your expertise lies in some other area.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to:
Amnesty International USA
Attn: Cogroup Program
600 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20003

Phone: 202.544.0200 ext. 261
Fax: 202.546.7142

Additional Information:
Country Specialists represent various ages, backgrounds, and professions: what they all share in common is a desire to promote and defend human rights around the world on a volunteer basis.

AI is a movement of nearly two million people in over 150 countries who campaign for human rights worldwide. Our vision is of a world where every person enjoys the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which begins, "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." Within this context, we work to expose and stop specific cases of human rights violations -discriminations, enforced disappearances, unjust imprisonment, torture, and exectuions. AI also fights for the recognition and fulfillment of basic human rights such as food, housing, education, and adequate health care. We are committed to building a culture of respect for human rights through our reports, actions and educational programs.

Country Specialists are volunteer activists who serve as the US section's primary experts and strategists on particular countries. The approximately 120 specialists are organized into coordination groups, who collaborate to address specific human rights concerns in specific sub-regions of the world.

Country Specialists are slected on the basis of a combination of country expertise and experience, Amnety International knowledge and human rights activist experience, and th eorganizations's needs in that area. Candidates who have lived in the country and speak the language are preferred. Country Specialists also serve as spokespersons, support other AI activists, and develop and implement strategies to improve human rights. In most cases, a minimum of a two-year commitment is requested.

For more information, feel free to call or email. See above.

Posted by moyera at 01:45 PM