Unleash your own potential by connecting the world’s poor to theirs.
Since 2008, Bankers without Borders has connected skilled volunteers, like you, with some of the world’s most promising social enterprises to help increase their organizational capacity, transfer skills and knowledge to their workforces, and deepen their impact. Today, more than 18,600 professionals, from more than 170 countries and representing an array of professional backgrounds and industries —from banking and finance to IT, marketing, and human resources— are part of our global skillanthropy movement to end poverty.
For more information on how our volunteer program works and what you can expect, read our FAQs.
Ways to Engage
At Bankers without Borders, we know there is no ”typical” volunteer. Our volunteers come to us with a variety of skills, experience levels, and interests, and it is this diversity that allows us to meet the range of challenges facing our client organizations. We offer volunteer opportunities that vary in length, location, and focus to fit any skill set or schedule, with time commitments ranging from a one-time commitment of 3-4 hours to a full year on-site with a social enterprise.
We’ve developed a suite of crowdsourcing approaches, from virtual brainstorming sessions to open-source research projects, designed to be completed remotely and with an expected time commitment of just a few hours. Our popular Ideation Sessions demonstrate that even a few hours of involvement can result in significant impact. We use video conferencing to bring a group of volunteers face-to-face with a client to generate new ideas or troubleshoot a challenge facing the organization. These sessions require approximately two hours of preparation and 1-2 hours of active participation. Search for opportunities.
Experienced professionals can serve as coaches or mentors for senior management at one of our 163 social enterprise clients. Duration and time commitment varies to meet the needs of both volunteer and client, but typical engagements are for 2 hours a month, over the course of several months. Experienced volunteers who wish to stay engaged in between assignment also have the opportunity to act as a peer mentor for new volunteers. By sharing your experience and answering questions, peer mentors help our new volunteers prepare for their upcoming projects. Search for opportunities.
Pro Bono Consulting Engagements are an opportunity for you to use your skills to increase the scale, sustainability, and impact of poverty-focused organizations through on-site technical assistance and training or through remote consulting. Engagement duration and time commitments vary, but on average, volunteers contribute approximately 200 hours of their time over a three to four month time period. Read more about the types of projects our volunteers work on.
The Human Resources (HR) Reserve Corps is a unique opportunity for skilled HR professionals with at least two years of experience and/or a professional degree in HR Management to become pre-qualified for a specific type of pro bono consulting projects.
Our HR Reserve Corps volunteers utilize the Human Capital Hub framework to help social enterprises design and implement the human capital management practices need to achieve sustainable growth, reach greater numbers of the world’s poor, and better serve their needs.
Grameen Foundation Fellowships are a unique opportunity for talented business and technology professionals to work with some of the brightest minds in global development and social innovation on projects that make a difference in the lives of the poor. These 12-month field-based assignments offer significant in-depth and hands-on experience in the social sector. All fellows receive monthly stipends, group orientation, and ongoing professional development training. Learn more.
Grameen Foundation Internships
A Grameen Foundation internship provides students and recent graduates an opportunity to gain new skills, learn more about our work, and strengthen Grameen Foundation’s ability to carry out our mission to help the poor create a world without poverty. We offer a wide range of internship positions, each tailored to align student’s talents and interests with the needs of our teams.
Grameen Foundation Internships have three terms: Spring (January-May), Summer (June-August), and Fall (September-December). Applications for the internship open approximately two months before the term starts. To be alerted when the application opens, please fill out this form.
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