Sunday, April 12, 2009

Young People Can Volunteer at UNESCO

Interns at the UNESCO Asian Youth Forum
Source: Korean National Commission for UNESCO: Luce Program - Korea
via Wellesley College Internship website.

UNESCO offers unpaid internships of one to four months to graduate and postgraduate students. The internships are available in UNESCO's Paris headquarters and also in UNESCO's field offices.

Depending on qualifications, these internships relate either to UNESCO's strategic activities or to administrative or technical functions. The aim is to provide an opportunity for professional experience in an international organisation which relates to and supplements interns' studies. UNESCO does not remunerate or pay interns. Costs and arrangements for travel, visas, accommodation, health insurance, and living expenses are the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institutions.

The UNESCO office in Bangkok has an especially active program that not only offers internships but also puts non-student volunteers to work.

It appears that UNESCO decentralized institutes such as The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg and The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Bonn will sometimes provide internships.

The World Heritage Center offers opportunities to volunteer at World Heritage sites around the world.

Gorillas and Chimps are among the world's most endangered species. The UNESCO/IUCN Great Apes Survival Project (GRASP) looks for volunteers to help in their protection.

For several years the Institute for International Education managed a UNESCO Fulbright Fellowship Program for U.S. citizens funded by the State Department, but it seems no longer to be available.

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