Atlas Corps


Welcome to the Atlas Corps Volunteer Page!

Join a diverse community of global professionals. Become an Atlas Corps Volunteer!
 
Atlas Corps seeks in-person and virtual volunteers to support our growing global network of more than 800 social change leaders from 95 countries. Atlas Corps engages mission-driven individuals committed to social change in 12-18 month, professional fellowships at organizations in the United States to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global changemakers.
 
Our volunteer opportunities are especially interesting for individuals with an interest in global social change and/or connection to AmeriCorps, Fulbright, Humphrey, Peace Corps, or other volunteer service programs. 
 
Note - if you want to apply for the 12 - 18 month Atlas Corps Fellowship, please visit apply.atlascorps.org. Applicants to the Atlas Corps Fellowship are not eligible for any of the volunteer opportunities listed on this page. 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Local Ambassador (in-person or virtual experience)

Get to know an amazing social change leader from another part of the world and help them feel at home in a new country and city

Overview: A Local Ambassador is a dedicated "first friend" who is paired with an incoming Atlas Corps Fellow in the same city for the first four months of the Fellowship. Local Ambassadors serve as on-the-ground support who help the Fellows adjust to the city, navigate through local culture, and meet up with them in-person or virtually once per month for a fun activity. In the past, Fellows and Local Ambassadors have gone hiking, visited museums, explored new restaurants, and attended networking events. 

Time Commitment: 2 - 4 hours per month with a commitment of at least 4 months.

Expectations: We ask that you check-in with the Fellow at least once per month, although twice is recommended, either virtually or in-person. 

Apply now! We are currently recruiting volunteers who will be matched with Fellows arriving in April or July. For April, we need volunteers located in DC or Dallas. For July, we need volunteers who are located in DC or the San Francisco Bay area. 

Group Captain for Virtual Leadership Institute (virtual experience)

Atlas Corps seeks Group Captain volunteers for Virtual Leadership Institute 

Want to meet the world's rising social change leaders and improve your facilitation skills right from the comfort of your own home? 

Overview: Atlas Corps is looking for virtual volunteers to facilitate monthly peer coaching groups as part of our new Virtual Leadership Institute, which is an online learning community for global social change leaders between the ages of 22 - 35. The Leadership Institute was developed based on the three pillars of the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab model: Developing Self, Developing Others, and Leading Movements. This seven-month online program includes keynote speakers, interactive workshops, self-led activities, and community-building activities with leading U.S. organizations and leaders. The peer coaching groups give the institutes' participants an opportunity to meet in smaller groups to discuss the program curriculum, trade advice, and engage with each other in the development of their leadership projects. 

Impact: Designed for mission-driven individuals seeking social change, the Virtual Leadership Institute will help these individuals obtain additional professional development skills and drive an even greater impact in communities around the world. The result is a global society ecosystem that is strengthened with knowledge, inspired by a shared passion for positive social impact, and empowered with the tools to achieve results.

As a group captain, you will create a productive environment for co-learning, help the participants develop their leadership projects, and guide the group through discussions around leadership development and social impact.

Time Commitment and Expectations: 2 - 2.5 hours per month. There will be 7 peer coaching groups via a monthly video call (each call is approximately 75 minutes) over the course of seven months from March - October 2021. If you are unavailable in March, Atlas Corps may have this opportunity starting in May 2021. 

You will be given the materials and guidance for each peer coaching group, and some pre-reading and preparation will be required before each session. Video calls will be scheduled in advance each month based on both your availability and the availability of the program participants.

Eligibility: 

  • Time Commitment: able to commit to an initial 1.5-hour training and 2 - 2.5 hours per month for monthly video calls and pre-reading preparation 

  • Facilitation Experience 

  • Work Experience: 4 or more years of full-time professional experience (experience in supporting programs/projects in the nonprofit or social impact sector is a plus)

  • Internationally-Minded: Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills and proven ability to interact effectively with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds 

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent 

  • Language: English Fluency (oral, writing, reading) 

  • Tech Savvy: Knowledge of and/or the ability to quickly become familiar with Zoom for video conferencing 

  • A positive attitude and an open mind

  • Coaching experience (preferred, but not required)

Benefits: 

  • Practice your facilitation skills

  • Access to all content, resources, and live sessions of the Virtual Leadership Institute 

  • Learn from social change leaders from around the world who want to drive social impact 

  • $150 honorarium 

  • Certificate of completion 

Apply now! The priority application deadline is February 14, 2021 (for cohort 3), and we will accept applications after that on a rolling basis. The application takes approximately 15 - 30 minutes to complete. 

About Atlas Corps 

Atlas Service Corps, Inc. (Atlas Corps), started in 2006, is an international network of social sector leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world’s 21st-century challenges. Our mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Profiled as a “best practice” in international exchange by the Brookings Institution and featured in the Washington Post as a model social entrepreneurship program, Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 12 to 18 month, professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global changemakers. For more information on our current programming, please visit https://atlascorps.org/programs/

Selection Board Interviewer (virtual experience)

Interview the world's rising social change leaders for our Fellowship and change someone's life

Want to meet the world's rising social change leaders and improve your interview skills right from the comfort of your own home?

Overview: Interviewers on the Atlas Corps Selection Board play a crucial role in interviewing and scoring applicants to help identify the world's top social change leaders for a 12 - 18 month professional fellowship in the United States. Fellows serve full-time at Host Organizations to develop professional skills and learn effective leadership practices through the Global Leadership Lab.

Impact: Designed for mission-driven individuals seeking social change, the Fellowship engages talented leaders who obtain additional professional development skills and have an even greater impact in communities around the world.

As an Interviewer, learn about social change leaders from all over the world and hear their unique stories, passion, and dedication to addressing enormous global challenges. At the same time, you can also benefit from this volunteer opportunity by enhancing your own interviewing skills.

Eligibility: Ideal interviewers on the Atlas Corps Selection Board are academics and professionals with experience in one or more of the Fellowship's thematic areas and an interest in global social change. Interviewers must have advanced proficiency in speaking, writing, and reading English.  

Time Commitment and Expectations: 4 - 6 hours per month for 4 months or until approximately 20 interviews are completed. This is a virtual volunteer opportunity and you can make your own schedule. 

Selection Board Application Reviewer (virtual experience)

Review applications and help choose the world's best social change leaders for the Atlas Corps Fellowship 

Overview: Application reviewers on the Atlas Corps Selection Board play an important role in reviewing and scoring applicants to help identify the world's top social change leaders for a 12 to 18 month professional fellowship in the United States. Fellows serve full-time at Host Organizations to develop professional skills and learn effective leadership practices through the Global Leadership Lab. 

Impact: Designed for mission-driven individuals seeking social change, the Fellowship engages talented leaders who obtain additional professional development skills and have an even greater impact in communities around the world. As an application reader, you can be a primary-decision maker in the selection process and have the opportunity to learn about social issues around the world. 

Eligibility: Ideal application reviewers on the Atlas Corps Selection Board are academics and professionals with experience in one or more of the Fellowship's thematic areas and an interest in global social change. Application readers must have advanced proficiency in writing and reading English.  

Time Commitment and Expectations: 4 - 5 hours per month for four months or until approximately 60 applications are reviewed. This is a virtual volunteer opportunity and you can make your own schedule. 

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About Us

 

Atlas Service Corps, Inc. (Atlas Corps), started in 2006, is an international network of social sector leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world’s 21st-century challenges. Our mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Profiled as a “best practice” in international exchange by the Brookings Institution and featured in the Washington Post as a model social entrepreneurship program, Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 12 to 18 month, professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global changemakers.

 

Mission

 

To address critical social issues, Atlas Corps develops leaders, strengthens organizations and promotes innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled professionals.