Volunteering with the UN: A mid-level career strategy

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Volunteering with the UN: A mid-level career strategy

Volunteers are commonly perceived as young and inexperienced individuals who are eager to make a difference, but those on assignment with the United Nations Volunteers have an average of 5 to 10 years of work experience. So while some aspiring aid workers start out in the industry by volunteering, this profile doesn’t quite encompass the many volunteers — and volunteering needs — out there.

Devex hosted a webinar with United Nations Volunteers, where many participants were surprised to learn that volunteering is not just for recent grads, but in fact most U.N. opportunities require significant amount of experience and technical expertise.

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  • Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is an Associate Editor for Devex. Based on the U.S. West Coast, she works with Devex's team of correspondents and editors around the world, with a particular focus on gender. She previously worked as Devex’s Southeast Asia correspondent based in Bangkok, covering disaster and crisis response, resilience, women’s rights, and climate change throughout the region. Prior to that, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.