We are always looking for volunteers to help us fulfill our mission. From time to time Board positions will also become available. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering with Abundant Water, with a brief description of your background, and we will be in touch.
Abundant Water seeks volunteer interns hoping to gain hands-on experience in some of the most pressing real world development issues. Interns will be involved in a variety of tasks (details below) while learning about some of the challenges and rewards of working in a developing country with limited infrastructure.
Intern responsibilities will include the following:
- Day-to-day work & management of the Abundant Water compound/facilities in Vientiane (where filters are produced), working alongside the local team, inventory management, technical issues, etc.
- Attending meetings with international & local NGO partners, government ministries and local communities as a representative of Abundant Water
- Field work with local communities in training potters in filter-making techniques, micro-enterprise selling filters, etc. Trips to villages within 100km of Vientiane can be expected, and the opportunity for trips further afield may arise
- Short, Medium, and Long-term project planning alongside the project manager
- Planning, monitoring, and reporting on projects
- There may be opportunities to assist with grant-seeking/grant-writing
Intern Qualifications and Expectations:
This is a small NGO with a start-up atmosphere. Flexibility and open-mindedness are of the utmost importance, in addition to a demonstrated interest and passion for humanitarian development. The bulk of intern responsibilities will be comprised of practical, hands-on tasks, with limited office work. In turn, interns will be rewarded with a true insight into sustainable development project management in a lesser-developed country, and the opportunity to work on a wide variety of tasks.
Interns should have a Bachelor's Degree (or comparable work experience) and be able to commit for a minimum of four months. While anyone with a passion for this line of work is eligible, preference would be given to those with a background in Development/International Studies, Engineering, Anthropology, Communications, and/or Water and Sanitation.
Interns can be expected to work six days per week (Monday through Saturday) alongside the local team. While there will be no paid compensation during the internship program, accommodation in Vientiane will be provided for the duration of your stay (a private room in a comfortable shared house with other Abundant Water volunteers and/or international staff living & working in Laos). Work-related travel expenses will be reimbursed. Basic day-to-day costs such as food are quite low in Laos (e.g. $2-3 USD for a meal), allowing the intern to live on a small self-funded monthly allowance. Recommendation letters will be provided upon successful completion of the internship program.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, please send your CV with a brief explanation of your motivation for applying to:firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, so start date is flexible