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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

Article of Interest

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

Organizations that Seek Volunteers or Help to Place Volunteers

Information provided by the Family Liaison Office
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