The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

on Thursday, December 2, 2010 |

Applications Are Now Open for the ACCION Ambassadors Program


2010 ACCION Ambassador Farah Mohammadzadeh 
with members of the Comité Esperanza de Ikatu - 
a microentrepreneur solidarity group of Fundación Paraguaya in Paraguay.
To read blog entries by Farah and other 2010 Ambassadors, visit the Ambassadors Blog.
ACCION International is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the second class of Ambassadors!
The Ambassadors Program is a volunteer program whose goal is to send dedicated individuals to the field to document the impact of microfinance on the lives of the poor. It is a unique experience that offers participants rare exposure to the work of ACCION’s partner microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the field.
Once accepted into the program, Ambassadors receive one week of intensive training at ACCION’s headquarters in Boston, MA, covering essential topics such as what to expect in the field, an introduction to microfinance and ACCION’s work, and how to document field experiences through blogs, photographs, journals and video testimonials.
Following the training, teams of 2-3 Ambassadors will travel to an ACCION partner MFI, where they will carry out special projects and visit microentrepreneurs for up to 12 weeks.
Ideal candidates will possess the following skills and meet the following requirements:
  • 21+; university graduate
  • Fluency in a local language (such as English, Hindi or Spanish – depending on the host MFI location)
  • Experience traveling or living overseas (preferably in a developing country)
  • Excellent writing, communication and analytical skills
  • Interest in microfinance, economic development or social entrepreneurship
  • Familiarity with video, photography and Web-based applications, such as blogs and social networks
  • Flexibility, humility and self-motivation
To apply to become an ACCION Ambassador, please visit our website www.accion.org/ambassadors where you can complete our online application and submit your resume and cover letter. We will contact short-listed candidates for phone interviews, language screening and a writing test.
Please send any questions to ambassadors@accion.org.