So many possibilities arise when you decide to volunteer for an NGO. Help is always needed and it’s likely that you will organically grow into the program abroad and end
up doing the jobs that you excel at.
Your activities will depend on the duration of your stay abroad.
Let’s look at
some of the different activities you will be doing
as a business development volunteer:
- Managing the team
- Focusing and implementing on marketing strategy
- writing proposals for fundraising
- doing research on future development opportunities.
The longer you stay, the more responsibilities and work you will get.
More new opportunities will unfold the longer you stay and rest assured that future jobs will follow.
NGOs differ from profit organizations in the sense that their primary goal is to provide help. Their focus is on the activity while profit organizations focus on
generating profits as their main goal. Although NGOs focus on their activities, they still rely on funds to be able to fulfill their purpose and support the communities.
An important aspect of these programs is
creating awareness about their cause and attracting funds to ensure continuity.
Volunteers will make great assets to the business development team when they are:
- comfortable in sales
- great at developing relationships
- standing up for what they believe in.
If this sounds like you, volunteering for business development will bring great satisfaction.
You will be part of the puzzle that enables the program to continue to support the local community
and you will get the unique opportunity to apply your business skills in a unique setting.
There are some projects that focus on helping local communities set up their own businesses with the support of micro-financing. If you have an economics background and
like coaching others, consider joining one of these programs. By
volunteering for micro-financing projects you will help raise the standard of living
of so many simply by empowering them with the ability to run a small business.