VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT PROCESS
There are multiple steps to the placement process and often more than one approval is required. The process varies slightly from country to country and project to project. We strive to make this process as quick as possible but potential volunteers should be aware that final approval can take several months. Feel free to be in touch with your recruiter about where your application is in the process.
- To begin the placement process, you must submit your CV and the Supplemental Volunteer Information Form. Click HERE to begin the process.
- Once your CV is submitted, a recruiter will contact you to discuss volunteer opportunities.
- After discussions with a recruiter, you will decide which location(s) to pursue. The recruiter will then forward the proper documents to the Program Director(s).
All program directors are volunteers located in the US or Canada. They have been to the site and have a clear understanding of the needs of the program and the necessary qualifications of volunteers.
Please do not contact program directors prior to submitting your CV!
If the decision is made to move forward with a site, then the program director(s) will contact your references to verify your credentials and suitability for the program (you should notify your references that they will be contacted by the program director).
Your paperwork will be forwarded to the site for review and approval.
Once approved for an assignment, you will then work with the recruiter to finalize dates and other administrative tasks.
All volunteers with confirmed assignments must be members of HVO. Membership dues are a critical source of funding for HVO and help defray the high costs associated with recruiting, preparing and placing volunteers.
To join, click here and use our secure web site or call the HVO office at 202-296-0928.
After you have been scheduled (and your membership is current), you will receive access to the HVO KnowNET and a confirmation email from HVO will be sent about 4 to 6 months before your assignment date. The HVO KnowNET is a members-only website that provides access to all the tools and resources you need to prepare for a successful trip abroad. There are extensive orientation materials available on this site and you are encouraged to visit it often as you prepare for your assignment. Access is available to all current HVO members.