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How to Become a UNICEF Volunteer Abroad

UNICEF is an international organization that focuses on promoting children’s welfare. Their goals include improvement in nutrition and education, prevention diseases and HIV, and protection of children from violence, exploitation and abuse. UNICEF has headquarters in over 200 countries, with its main office in New York, and is partnered with government units worldwide.

In the United States, children can contribute to the effort by joining the “Trick or Treat by UNICEF” campaign. This exposes them to the importance of volunteering even at a young age. To join and pitch in your own efforts in ways that you can, visit the U.S. Fund for UNICEF website and sign up to be a volunteer. After signing up, you can choose from Advocate, Educate, Fund raise, or Campus Initiative activities.

If you are considering a long-term commitment in providing free services, you can become a UNICEF volunteer abroad by joining the UNV or United Nations Volunteer program. Here you can be assigned in developing countries like South Africa, parts of Asia and Central and Eastern Europe. It is required for you though to be at least 25 years old, a college graduate and at least have two years of work experience.

Apart from the requirements on paper, you should be willing to work in poor living conditions. You will also interact with many people from different cultures, so the ability to cooperate with others is a must. Nonetheless, if you’re not yet 25 years old or if you feel like you cannot meet the expectations, you can always volunteer online through www.onlinevolunteering.org.

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