Long-term volunteer

Long-term volunteers commit to work with Common Hope for one year or longer. Their leadership, expertise, and old-fashioned hard work are an integral part of what has made Common Hope a highly respected human development organization. Working for a small living stipend, our long-term volunteers demonstrate a very strong commitment to the mission of Common Hope.

Common Hope long-term volunteers:

  • Fill a specific, posted position such as Vision Team Coordinator, Physician, Speech Pathologist, Construction, or Teacher/Tutor.
  • Make a commitment of one year or more.
  • Work 40 or more hours a week.
  • Travel independently and pay for airfare and Spanish language training if necessary.
  • Are commited to understanding a new culture, able to listen and willing to learn.
  • Become multipliers of Common Hope’s work by sharing their experience with friends and family.

Typical experience includes:

  • Two weeks of general orientation, working in all areas of organization.
  • Training in specific program area where volunteer will work.
  • Small volunteer stipend negotiable.


  • Fulfill requirements of posted position
  • Minimum intermediate level Spanish
  • Flexibility, open-mindedness
  • Willingness to work outside specific position as needed
  • Attitude of learning


  • Airfare
  • Language school
  • Room and board

Application process:

  1. Determine if there is a long-term volunteer opening that suits your skills.
  2. Complete long-term volunteer application for specific position and submit along with resumé.
  3. One of our volunteer coordinators will contact you via email within 1-2 weeks of receiving your application to notify you whether your skills are a good fit for our needs.
  4. If you are a good fit, you will be instructed how to proceed to the next step of the application process.

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