Volunteering internationally with MEDA is an opportunity for individuals to give their time and talent to create business solutions to poverty.

*All volunteer opportunities are currently on hold due to COVID-19.

MEDA’s international volunteer programs are designed to benefit the businesses that MEDA works with and build strong business relationships through MEDA’s global work.

These relationships have the ability to create jobs and provide economic benefits through the transfer of business knowledge and leadership skills so that businesses around the world can scale sustainably for years to come.


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Volunteer Business and Technical Experts

Do you have expertise in a technical area of business? MEDA recruits individuals for short-term business/technical expert volunteer roles with our projects around the world. These opportunities are for experienced individuals who would like to make an impact using their business and/or technical skills in an international development context.

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Volunteer Auditors

Do you have accounting or audit experience? Consider serving as a Volunteer Auditor at a MEDA field project! We require volunteer auditors to assist MEDA’s internal finance team with audits in our field offices around the world.

Join us as we work together to create sustainable solutions to poverty through business.

Volunteer FAQs

You can find additional information on how to apply to each opportunity on the specific volunteer page that is of interest to you. You can also view some opportunities on the Careers page. If you have any question, email volunteers@meda.org 

It is important to note that applying to be a volunteer with MEDA is a competitive process. We are looking for specific skills and experiences from our volunteers. Visit the volunteer page of interest to see more specific qualifications for that opportunity.

The cost of the volunteer placement varies depending on the project budget, location and duration. Specifics details about cost will be available for each individual opportunity.

Typical costs for international volunteer placements may include:
• Return airfare and visa costs
• Required vaccinations and anti-malarials
• Accommodations
• Food and incidentals

In addition, if the project budget is able to cover some of these costs, volunteers are still encouraged to cover a specified portion of the associated costs for their placement or to provide MEDA a donation to contribute to the project. Having volunteers cover a portion their own costs allows MEDA to maximize the use donor and project funds for our clients.

As a MEDA supporter, we welcome the opportunity for you to engage at a deeper level with the work that we do. We appreciate your willingness to share your time and talent to help those around the world. Volunteering is a great way for you to contribute to sustainable economic development while you gain valuable cross-cultural experience.

No, at this time, MEDA only offers paid employment opportunities in North America and international volunteer opportunities.

Below is the typical recruitment process for a volunteer (subject to change):

  • Step 1 – Apply online
  • Step 2 – Preliminary Phone Interview
  • Step 3 – Second Phone Interview
  • Step 4 – Final Decision and Contract
  • Step 5 – Pre-departure Preparation and Training
  • Step 6 – Depart for Placement
  • Step 7 – Post-Placement Follow-ups

All volunteers interested in international opportunities must meet the following criteria to be eligible to participate:

  • Valid Passport
  • Ability to obtain country entry visa
  • Proof of health and travel insurance
  • Required Innoculations

Have more questions?

If you have additional questions, email volunteers@meda.org