Since our inception in 2007, The Forgotten International has sponsored fellowships that place skilled individuals in the field with agencies around the world to do the work of poverty alleviation.
The fellowship details, requirements, and general guidelines are listed below. Contact us with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TFI works with a variety of schools, NGOs, and grassroots agencies. Placements abroad may involve:
- teaching English or other skills to children or young adults in a village school
- writing, reviewing, and editing English-language publications for an NGO
- performing legal research and writing for a human rights organization
- creating or updating simple websites or promoting marketing campaigns to help a NGO raise awareness
- performing public health field work or trainings
For each type of placement, related experience is expected by the host agency. More importantly, however, are the skills which any volunteer needs:
- ability to communicate clearly and compassionately
- capacity to remain flexible and take initiative with projects
- willingness to make time to share information with curious students or colleagues
- desire to work cooperatively with local agencies
- respect for different cultures and beliefs, and ultimately,
- patience with yourself and your new surroundings
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have relevant experience and skills as well as be physically able to endure the sometimes difficult conditions associated with living in a developing country for an extended period of time. A time commitment of at least 8 weeks is required and can sometimes extend to 12 weeks in special arrangements. Candidates from the San Francisco Bay Area are preferred so that we might conduct in-person final interviews, as well as possibly having them work with us as alumni of the program. Ultimately the best-suited applicants will be selected for each placement, regardless of your place of residence.
TFI will pay for 75% of travel-related costs with the fellow up to $2,500, based on an 8-week stay. The travel budget is based on up-front costs for tickets and visas, plus estimated costs for lodging and daily incidentals. See a sample budget here. We will help arrange travel and accommodations for a safe live/work experience. TFI fellows can receive funding from other sources, and your time abroad may be eligible for university credit.
Be sure to read the stories of the fellows who have traveled on behalf of TFI in the past. It was based on their experiences and enthusiasm, as well as the meaningful work they each accomplished, that we decided to adopt a Fellows Program as part of our commitment to the schools and grassroots organizations we support abroad. Read about the work experiences of our Former Fellows.
We require a resume with relevant education or experience and a cover letter describing your interest in a specific program or programs and ability to do this type of work. We typically recruit candidates through an application process ending March 1 of each year for 8-week placements for the Summer and Fall of that year. Applications open in January of each year.