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.
We have opportunities for Swiss Civil Servants to engage with us through our Fellowship program in the areas of Teacher Training or Curriculum Development. If you have experience and skills in these two areas, great English and a desire to use these skills for incredible impact in Cambodia or Mongolia, please review the Terms of Reference (TOR) below. If you believe you are a match and eager to join our team, head over to our application form and send it to us.
Listen to Roman and Olivier who did their civil service with BOOKBRIDGE:
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:
saradha [at] bookbridge.org
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements and tasks?
Your tasks and responsibilities may vary depending on your individual skills and the learning center needs. In general, the most important requirement for our fellows is to have experience in teaching English as a second language. This is important to co-teach English classes and provide further training to our teachers in teaching methods. Other experiences or skills that may be beneficial are business, project management, pedagogy, library management, leadership, social entrepreneurship, development cooperation, intercultural skill or scouting.
What do I do if I cannot stay for at least six months?
If you travel to Mongolia or Cambodia independently and you still would like to volunteer, please directly contact the respective Country Manager upon your arrival. You may then have the opportunity to support the learning center in a shorter term.
Do I get a stipend or financial support?
BOOKBRIDGE provides you a simple accommodation. All other expenses such as vaccination, flight, food, insurances and others need to be covered by you.
Do I need insurance?
You are required to have a health insurance for the respective country and indemnity insurance prior to your departure.
Do I get support at the project?
At the learning center, the respective head of learning center and fellow manager support you when you have questions or problems.
Does BOOKBRIDGE take care of my accommodation?
BOOKBRIDGE provides you with a simple accommodation. In case you wish a high-standard accommodation you need to take care of it yourself and cover the extra expenses.
What kind of visa do I need? Does BOOKBRIDGE help me with the visa application?
For Cambodia, depending on your nationality we recommend you to apply for an ordinary (business) visa.
For Mongolia, you will need to apply for a working visa at the Mongolian embassy in your country. As soon as you have been accepted as a fellow, our Mongolian Country Manager Assistant will explain you the procedure.
Do I need vaccinations?
Please consult your national health insurance or national health ministry for further information. As for Mongolia you can also read the handbook written by one of our former fellows.
How many hours a week do I have to work?
At your project you work for the same condition like the staff of our learning center. Depending on the respective country, weekly working time varies from 35 to 40 hours.
What happens in case I get sick?
You have to have health insurance for the project country in case you get sick during your stay. In case of any problems please directly inform the head of learning center and country manager assistant so that they can help.