FEM International offers two volunteer and internship programs at the local and international level. All volunteers and interns will receive hands-on training on issues such as gender equality, economic empowerment, social entrepreneurship, ethical fashion, globalization and poverty.
Locally, volunteers and interns join the organization for a minimum of three months. Most participate for a period of six months to one year. They commit a minimum of 15 hours of volunteer work in total, while interns do a full-time program in exchange for course credits.
The areas where local volunteers offer support are public awareness, responsible consumption projects and leadership training programs. Work can entail anything from developing and updating of curricula to market research , and organizing networking events depending on their professional background.
Internationally, there are two programs. The Volunteer-Consultants progam allows volunteers to support FEM International’s training program as resource persons. Through the group volunteer initiation program young Canadians can support FEM International’s cooperation projects. The aim of the program is to increase awareness of globalization issues among young Canadians and provide them with a concrete way to become part of the change while supporting a local organization. In the summer of 2016, we will be offering this program exclusively in Bolivia.
International volunteers will receive three months training (150 hours). The program is running in collaboration with CEGEP Marie-Victorin. The volunteers will receive coaching support and will always be accompanied by a staff member of FEM International while working on projects abroad.