International Aid Worker

Maribel Martinez

Job Description

International aid/development workers focus on meeting the needs of people and communities in the developing world. International development seeks to work with developing countries to implement long-term and sustainable solutions to problems. Many work on development projects in fields such as education, sanitation, health and agriculture. They also work in urban, rural and small business development.
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Daily Tasks and Responsibilities

  • administering the day-to-day work of an office or team;

  • managing, monitoring and evaluating projects;

  • conducting needs assessments;

  • organizing fundraising;

  • researching and writing project proposals and reports;

  • strategic planning for long-term development and/or disaster management to reduce the need for crisis intervention;

  • evaluating the response required in fast-moving emergency situations

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Preferred Job Skills

  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty

Work Enviroment

Living situations vary depending on the mission – you might find yourself in isolated accommodations or living in close quarters with a number of other people. In addition, you may be without the comforts to which you are accustomed. Security restrictions may limit where you can go, what you can do and when you can do it.

(frequent traveling to different countries/living in poverty in poor conditions


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Job outlook/salary

the job out look is very good but it is expected to decrease later on.

Average Salary : $30,000

Expected Lifetime Earnings: $1,600,000
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Related Courses at Leyden

modern languages, psychology, family consumer sciences


Extra-Curricular Activities

key club, student council


Work and/or Volunteer Experience

volunteering/working for the community center non profit charities


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post-secondary plan

2 or 4 yr college/university/internship


related college majors: bachelor's degree

Career Connections

“After university, I travelled through several developing countries. The experience was amazing but I couldn’t close my eyes to the poverty. I got a job teaching English to fund a masters in international development. It’s a tough route in – I studied a distance-learning course, which is really isolating – but I found local volunteer groups and made good contacts.”

In the first summer I spent three months volunteering in the Philippines. The reaction from the people I worked with was really positive but, even so, I realised that any kind of change takes time. You have to scale back your ideas and think locally to make it achievable.

"Getting my first paid role wasn’t easy – aid work is full of high achievers who are stiff competition! The key is to have solid experience – volunteer in your own community. You also need to be culturally aware so get out there and travel!”


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References

  1. Emily Reynolds: counselor

  2. Dr. Nick Polyak- Superintendent, School District #212

  3. Mr Russotto- teacher