Interested in Volunteering With Us?
Please consider the many ways to volunteer! There are opportunities in Latin America (Spanish required) as well as in the U.S.
PLA is always looking for volunteers in either a one-time or ongoing capacity. Here are some organizational needs:
- grant-writing or other fundraising
- new workshops (meditation, non-hegemonic masculinities, restorative justice, and healing from sexual and gender-based violence)
- translation of materials (Spanish/English)
- special events to introduce PLA to your community
- [Any other idea? We want your creativity!]
Become a Working Group Member
The Working Group (WG) governs the work of PLA. WG members are volunteers, and many of them live in the U.S. However, since we use Skype and email to communicate regularly, you can be a WG member from anywhere in the world. **Spanish is not required for this role**
The members can accept any of the following roles or support activities:
- Attend monthly meetings
- Review program activities and discuss administrative needs of PLA operations
- Give feedback on communication materials
- Serve as treasurer, clerk, or recorder for minutes for the monthly Working Group meetings by Skype.
- Review bookkeeping and advise WG as it relates to finances, donations, and/or annual budget
- Help schedule and promote speaking opportunities of WG members or international AVPers/partners
Facilitate a Workshop With Us
Are you a Bilingual AVP Facilitator interested in facilitating a workshop with one of our programs?
It is easier (and safer) than you think! PLA will help coordinate your trip, offering recommendations and contact information for you to connect with Coordinators in the field. This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know our programs firsthand and see the impact AVP has on communities. While PLA does not currently offer funding for this option, we can help provide you with fundraising materials.
Extended Service Volunteer
As an in-country volunteer, you can either be a national of one of the countries where we work (Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras), or you can be from another country. **Requires strong Spanish speaking skills**
- Report to Country Coordinator
- Support bookkeeping and reporting
- Outreach to community, church, NGO, and school groups
- Co-facilitate AVP workshops
- Create fundraising opportunities
- Take photos, videos, and write about experiences
Volunteers who are not nationals need to consider how they will cover the costs of their expenses for travel, food, and housing during their visit, as well as the visa requirements for the country. PLA offers ideas and materials for fundraising. We can also offer general suggestions for housing options and information about visa requirements. PLA cannot obtain a work visa for volunteers who are not nationals nor offer a stipend for expenses.
Although many members of the Working Group are Quakers and decisions are guided by Quaker philosophy and practice, you do not have to be Quaker in order to volunteer. The programs we run are non-denominational.