Thank you for your interest in volunteering with our organization. Volunteers play a vital role in the delivery of our programs. All volunteer applications are reviewed with consideration of current volunteer opportunities. Applications are kept on file for three months.
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Before you Apply please read our FAQs.
FAQ on volunteering with FOFCOD
Can I volunteer with FOFCOD?
Yes. You can volunteer with FOFCOD by participating in its programs or activities.
What kind of volunteer work is available?
Volunteers can work on various programs for the Civic Education, Advocacy and Lobbying, Election Monitoring and Voter Education, Strengthening of the Multiparty, Human Rights Education and Advocacy, Conflict Resolution, Institutional Capacity Enhancement and Corruption Prevention and awareness , Entrepreneurship and skill development, women empowerment etc.
Do I need to be from South Sudan?
No, volunteers come from all over the world. To volunteer in South Sudan you just need to be eligible for a visa to enter South Sudan.
What age do you have to be to volunteer?
Volunteers must be 18 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no age limit, but volunteers do have to be in good health.
Is there any time of the year when I can't volunteer?
Volunteers are able to participate in FOFCOD programs all year round.
When will I know specific details on the placement?
The specific details of your placement are determined during orientation. You will consult with the programs manager for FOFCOD so that requests and specific needs can be met with regards to both the volunteer and the needs of the community.
Where will I be located?
FOFCOD Implements programs and Projects in south Sudan.
Tell me more about flying into South Sudan?
Volunteers will fly into Juba and will be met at the airport on arrival.
When do I need to arrive in South Sudan?
Volunteers can arrive at any time. After arriving, Volunteers take part in a orientation program for some days before they start to volunteer with FOFCOD. It is suggested that volunteers arrive a few days earlier to settle in before programs begins.
Tell me more about the accommodation?
Please get in touch with the programs manager to discuss this further.
Do you make provision for special diets?
It is possible for special arrangements to be made if you have a vegetarian diet or other special dietary requirements.
Are there holidays or festival I should be aware of when traveling?
There are many festivals in South Sudan. However, this will not hinder your volunteering, as you will most likely be invited to celebrate with everyone.
What immunizations/vaccines will I need?
This is a suggestion of what may be needed - please consult with your medical professional or travel specialist for more details:
- Diphtheria and tetanus
- Hepatitis A & B
- Yellow fever
- Malaria (needs to be closely discussed with doctor)
Some of these can be taken in oral form so please discuss with your doctor to see what is best for you. Some people can be affected quite differently to others by medication.
What is the criterion for volunteers to be accepted into the program?
Each applicant is considered by the information they provide to FOFCOD. If further information is required applicants will be emailed to request this. We also look further at your application as to skills and experience specifically related to the programs you have applied to. We look at volunteer experiences, travel experience and also your particular interest in the program to make our decision.
Do I need to speak English to volunteer?
Yes, you need to speak English to volunteer. You may have English as your first or second language. South Sudan's two main languages are English and Arabic. Unless you are hopelessly lost in the bush somewhere, you will probably be able to find someone who speaks English.
Can I bring my own family with me to South Sudan?
Family members over the age of 18 can volunteer together and couples can be placed together. In some cases it may be possible to volunteer with your children as well, provided they will not require additional supervision. Due to the type of work you will be involved in and the current environment it is not advised that you bring young children with you.
Are there more expenses once I arrive?
The in-country fee covers your entry visa (resident permit), accommodation, meals, supervision, and transport during your stay. You will need to have additional money for bottled water, food, airport departure tax, any personal shopping you may do.
How safe is it to volunteer in South Sudan?
South Sudan is now more peaceful than before. Safety is paramount to us and we endeavor to ensure the safety of volunteers. The people are very warm and friendly towards foreigners, so you will be well looked after. However, basic common sense needs to be used - don't go out wandering the streets at night alone.
What hours I am I expected to take part in the program?
Volunteers will be required to work between 4 and 6 hours per day. Weekends and school holidays are free time.
Is there the opportunity to take classes such as language or more cultural activities while Juba?
Yes, there are several opportunities for these types of activities. Specifically, you might have the chance to take Arabic language lessons, drumming lessons, etc. You should discuss this with staff if you are interested in using spare time to participate in activities outside of FOFCOD.
Are we able to do any sightseeing?
FOFCOD expect you to be committed to the project during weekdays. Private traveling must take place in weekends, public holidays or prior to or after volunteering period.
What clothing is appropriate for Juba?
South Sudan is a very hot area with high temperatures most of the time. You will need light clothes.
Do I need travel insurance?
As with any overseas traveling, insurance is recommended. FOFCOD has arranged a comprehensive travel insurance package specially designed for volunteering. It includes excellent medical and accident cover as well as a 'loss of deposits' cover which covers all fees paid to FOFCOD, Airlines etc (up to US$8,000). The cost is US$150.00 for the first month and then US$100.00 per month after that.