Finance Volunteer Project
Several of our finance volunteer projects work with microfinance borrowers who are introduced for the first time to the concepts of saving, budgeting and repayment plans. Other finance volunteer projects work with NGOs that are looking for extra support with financial management or fundraising efforts. You will use your financial acumen and love of spreadsheets to review accounts, set up policies, manage money and look for ways to improve profitability. All are invaluable activities that you as a financial expert can share with local staff, community members and organisations for their long term benefit.
As a finance volunteer, you may participate in a microfinance project. These initiatives have been expanding around the world, offering those in acute poverty the opportunity to improve their lives by participating in small income-generating activities. Borrowers learn about savings and loan repayment and also develop a good work ethic. Many families benefit as the extra money helps with school uniforms, medicines and improving nutrition. Managing a microfinance programme is not easy as the reality is that some borrowers miss repayment dates, abscond and have difficulties with other group members. Managing the impact of this on the larger loan pot is important and this is where the skills of finance volunteers are useful.
Our finance volunteers work with small businesses, NGOs and foundations who seek support with financial matters. Transparency is a hot topic in international development and without central financial management policies in place, it can be difficult to secure funding. Planning for activities and raising money to help organisations to meet their medium-term goals is essential for the survival of many NGOs. Your financial know-how can help with this.
Projects that are looking for finance volunteers with a strong financial background include our microfinance projects in Ghana and Peru. Internships are available for students and qualified professionals in fundraising in Swaziland. Or if you would like to support NGOs with their finances why not join an NGO development placement in Cambodia.
If you have strong maths, finance, and budgeting skills supporting individual borrowers or an NGO as a finance volunteer could be perfect for you. You must be comfortable using Excel and have a knowledge of financial policies. You will be working with a range of people including local borrowers who may not speak your language, local staff and the MD so adaptability and good communication skills are key. But most of all bring a positive attitude and willingness to help.
Join us as a finance volunteer project and know that you will be assisting organisations and individuals with their goals of improving lives and escaping acute poverty while adapting your skills and experience in a completely different setting.
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Easy 3-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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