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Volunteering


From an employment perspective, volunteering can provide an avenue for future work opportunities or help in making a career change, if one finds the right volunteer opportunity.  Foreign Service family members might want to consider the following:

  • Determine the amount and duration of time you are able to work, without pay, before committing to volunteer work with an organization.
  • When possible, use your volunteer opportunity to build new skills, as well as use those you have already mastered.  
  • If the volunteer position is of value to future job possibilities, consider listing meaningful volunteer accomplishments on your resume / CV. 

Volunteering can be personally rewarding.  Giving back to the community and the offering of your talents to organizations in need is always appreciated by those you help.   

Guidelines for Describing Volunteer Activities on Your Resume
Family Liaison Office Publication

International Association for Volunteer Effort
The International Association for Volunteer Effort was created in 1970 by a small group of women from throughout the world who shared a common vision of how volunteers can contribute to the solution of human and social problems and to the development of bridges of understanding among people of all nations. The association's Web site has news and events, as well as education, public awareness, youth involvement, and membership services information.

Articles of Interest

Finding the Right Volunteer Opportunity
by John Rossheim, Monster Senior Contributing Writer

Volunteering Can Boost Skills, Advance Careers
"A survey reveals that volunteering your time can boost both your cause and your own career development," from Monster.com

Organizations that Seek Volunteerss or Help to Place Volunteers

Information provided by the Family Liaison Office
Contact the Family Liaison Office


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