Become a Fellow or Book Champion

We are grateful for the support of our Family of Bridgebuilders. You may join as a volunteer and become a Fellow at one of our learning centers in Asia or collect books as a book champion in Europe.

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Become a BOOKBRIDGE Fellow

BOOKBRIDGE Fellows support our learning centers in Mongolia or Cambodia 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.

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Why becoming 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.

What are our requirements?

  • 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 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.

What is the organizational 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 organizational 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.

Please check the following links to learn more about our program.

FAQ
Fellow blog articles

Are you interested in becoming a BOOKBRIDGE fellow?

Are you interested in supporting us as a fellow in Mongolia or Cambodia? Please have a look at our job descriptions: See job descriptions and send an application with your CV and motivational letter to Tunga for the fellow program in Mongolia and to Chantreara for Cambodia.

Whom do I contact in case of further questions?

Tunga

Altantungalag Munkhjargal
Country Manager
Assistant Mongolia
tunga [at] bookbridge.org

Yourngchantreara-Sao_Ra

Yourngchantreara Sao “Ra”
Country Manager
Assistant Cambodia
chantreara [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. Please respect the following requirements:

  • You have experience in working with children and young adults
  • You have already worked with people from different cultures
  • 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 flight, visa, food, accommodation
  • You are at least 21 years old, preferably
  • You are proved free from all kinds of criminal acts and child abuses

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.

Become a Book Champion

Book Champions support our learning centers by collecting and sorting English children and youth books. In addition, we provide activities which allow book champions to learn about the educational chances of other people in the world. A book champion can be an individual, a scout troop, a school or even a company. They all work on a voluntary basis.

You get a good impression of our book champions´ work at the BOOKBRIDGE UK´s Facebook Group or by watching this video of one of our big sorting events in London:

Since 2009, more than 200,000 books have been collected, sorted and shipped to Mongolia and Cambodia. NGOs like the UK Scouts, schools like the FIS Erlangen, publishers like Dorling Kindersley, Klett, Finken and companies like Mildenberger Verlag, MunichRe, Europcar, Asklepios, Julius Bär, HILTI GB and Starbucks participated in our collection campaigns.

In 2013, we setup fixed BOOKBRIDGE Hubs in the four European countries we are operating. Instead of having large collection campaigns, we focus on a small team of dedicated book champions. That allows us to ensure the quality of books donated.

Whom do I contact in case of further questions?

Carsten

Carsten Rübsaamen
CEO
carsten [at] bookbridge.org

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do you get to know more about the educational chances of other people?

    We have created a set of activities which all0w you to find out more about the educational chances of other people. You may use it in your school class, scout troop or youth group.
    Click here to download the activities.

  2. What do I need to do to collect books?

    If you have books matching our criteria posted below and you would like to donate them, please contact the hub which is nearest to you. We are not able to provide support on postage. Please also refrain from sending books to our office. If you want to join our book champions in their efforts, feel free to contact them directly:

    Germany
    Franconian International School
    Elaine Smith & Ellen Bird
    E-Mail: bookbridge [at] the-fis.de

    Switzerland
    Infoklick.ch
    Markus Gander
    E-Mail: markus [at] bookbridge.org

    United Kingdom
    2nd East London Scout Group
    Vicky Thompson & Kay Legett
    E-Mail: ukscouts [at] bookbridge.org

    Netherlands
    Willem Bosman
    E-Mail: willem [at] bookbridge.org

  3. What books are you looking for?

    To make sure that the the learning centers benefit of your books, please pay attention of the following points:
    – We collect children and youth books exclusively in English.
    – The books should not be older than 10 years.
    – The books should be in a very good condistion so that the children benefit from them for a long time.
    – We love to get fiction and non-fiction books.
    – We love to get dictionaries, especially with pictures and English grammar for children and youth.
    – We love to get simple games like memory or puzzles.
    – We love to get intact CDs, DVDs and CD-ROMs.
    We send the books in another cultural sphere: to Mongolia and Cambodia. That‘s why the books must not have racist, pornografic, euro-centric or exlusively Christian content.

  4. Does BOOKBRIDGE support with transportation?

    Unfortunately, we are not able to financially support the transport of the books to the BOOKBRIDGE Hub financially.

  5. May I send books directly to the BOOKBRIDGE Office?

    No. This would only cause additional cost and work. Please contact the BOOKBRIDGE Hub in your country.

  6. Whom do I contact in case of further questions?

    Please send an E-Mail to Carsten at carsten [at] bookbridge.org .