Volunteers in Asia Global Community Fellowship

The Global Community Fellowship is a 13-15 month program for graduating seniors and young/ established professionals. Fellows work at NGOs and schools across Asia to support community development and youth education programs. By working directly with communities, fellows get hands-on experience learning how organizations in Asia are using creative and innovative methods to address critical social challenges.

Fellow Duties:

Education-focused Posts — As a teaching fellow, you’ll advance student development using critical thinking, peace and conflict resolution, and cross-cultural communication curriculum. You’ll also help students to access future education and professional opportunities.

NGO-focused Posts — As an NGO fellow, you’ll support community development and international communication efforts by supporting NGOs to access resources, networks, and collaboration opportunities.

Eligibility

Starting and experienced professionals with a BA or BS degree (must graduate June 2018) may apply. Although the fellowship is primarily aimed towards US citizens, we do accept applications from international residents who have a previous connection to VIA or a substantial US connection.

Period of Study

Posts vary from 13-15 months. 

Award

Included in your award is: 

  • Approximately four weeks of training, covering program management, cross-cultural communication, leadership development, local language lessons, and teacher training
  • Comprehensive emergency medical and evacuation insurance
  • Living and housing stipend (based on local cost of living) while working at your post or on a short-term VIA program
  • Intra-Asia travel (from training to your post and wrap-up conference)
  • Language study grants and tutors are available at some posts

Application

There are four parts to the online application:

  1. Personal Information
  2. Post Preferences
  3. Short Essay Responses
  4. Resume

Detailed requirements are available on the ViA Application website

Deadline(s)

Applications open mid-September and are typically due in mid-November. 

Additional information and materials are available on the Volunteers in Asia Global Community Fellowship website

Details

Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate

Discipline

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple

Language

  • English
  • Non English

Duration

  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Post-Graduate
  • Professional
  • Public Service
  • Teach Abroad

Region

  • Asia

GWU Sponsored?

No

GWU Endorsement Required?

No