Volunteer as a Fellow
Being a BOOKBRIDGE Fellow gives you the unique opportunity to gain more work experience, get to know a new culture, make new friends and gain intercultural skills. This helps you to meet people from other cultures at eye level. At the same time you add contribution to access to quality education in the Global South.
You are eligible to apply for a Fellowship position if you fulfill the following criteria:
- You have experience in working with children and young adults
- You have already worked with people from different cultures
- You are open towards new cultures, different life styles and mentality
- You have a very good command of the English language
- You are highly flexible, creative and able to work independently
- You are able to cover your own costs such as vaccinations, health insurance, flight and food
- You are at least 21 years old, preferably
- You are able to commit yourself at least a minimum of 6 months, preferably
- You are proved free from all kinds of criminal acts or child abuses
If you cannot commit a minimum of six months, you may still have the chance to volunteer at our learning centers but not through the official fellow program. Please look at our FAQ for more information.
We offer Fellowship positions in all our countries with learning centers.
BOOKBRIDGE Fellows support our learning centers as volunteers for at least six months. Fellows mainly offer free activities for our learning center students and co-teach English classes. Another main element for fellows is to build and advance our staff`s skills in English and teaching methods in a critical and intelligent way. Besides, you are also required to write at least one blog article every two to four weeks to increase our learning center’s visibility. Depending on the learning center needs and the fellow`s skills the responsibilities may vary. Other areas can be related to business, social entrepreneurship, project management, learning center and library management, leadership as well as scouting.
What is the process before I depart for my project?
You can apply as a fellow at any time. We plan volunteer services with a minimum of 3 months in advance. After having sent us your application, you will get an answer within 4 weeks. In case you get accepted as a fellow we sign a working contract with you, which includes our Code of Conduct and learning center guidelines. Our fellow manager in the respective country connects you with the learning center staff as well as previous fellows. Our fellow manager will provide you all needed material and information needed prior to your departure.
What is the process in the country?
In the country you first attend a short training, which prepares you for your work at the learning center. Two weeks after you have started working at the learning center you will define your own goals jointly with the fellow manager and the head of learning center. During your stay you can expect to have bi-weekly status calls with the fellow manager and bi-monthly reflection meetings. Additionally, you have a mid-term call with our country operations manager at headquarter. At the end we ask you to provide feedback about your experiences over the last six months.
In case of any further questions, please reach out directly to our Country Teams:
sanha [at] bookbridge.org
tunga [at] bookbridge.org
Country Manager Sri Lanka
saradha [at] bookbridge.org