United Nations Youth Volunteers are a separate category of UN Volunteers, recently created for greater engagement in volunteerism of history’s largest generation of people under 30.
- Volunteers will be rewarded with an experience that will stay with them for the rest of their life.
- It will be an opportunity to change the world for the better
- Also, you will be honing your own skills, gaining knowledge, and having a better understanding of the realities of international development and peacebuilding.
- Volunteers receive a basic living allowance that allows them to live healthily and safely in the assigned area.
- If they volunteer outside of their home area, return airfare or land transport (as applicable) and some other basic costs are paid by the host agency.
- They will receive orientation and training before and after the assignment.
- Motivated and talented youth between the ages of 18 and 29
- want to engage in development and peace initiatives in their own country or in another country around the globe.
- In addition, the educational background and experience required vary by assignment
- However, generally, work experience over two years is not necessary
Volunteers may work in:
- human rights
- climate change adaptation
- primary health care
- disaster management
- youth engagement
- Moreover, many other areas
They may work directly in a United Nations agency or in one of its partner organizations, a university, or the government.
Most UN Youth Volunteer assignments are between 6 and 24 months.
On occasion, national and international UN Youth Volunteer assignments are less than six months.
When UN Youth Volunteers are sponsored by an academic institution, they are called UN Youth University Volunteers. UN Youth University Volunteers undertake shorter duration generally between 3 and 6 months.
How to apply
Interested volunteers can find vacancies here or on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.