FAQ

How can I become a UN Volunteer?

To become international UN Volunteers, who are UN Volunteers serving abroad other than their own country of nationality, visit and register online in the UNV database.

Generally, the UNV programme draws a short-list of three to five profiles from the UNV database for each assignment, which are then submitted to the relevant authorities of the country requesting the services of a UN Volunteer. The requesting authorities make the final choice and select the candidate who best fulfils their needs and requirements, usually following an interview and/or an in-depth assessment.

To become national UN Volunteers, who are UN Volunteers serving within the country or territory of their own nationality (for instance, as Mongolian national you cannot serve as international UN Volunteer in Mongolia but only serve as national UN Volunteer), check Vacancies.

Is there an age limit for UN Volunteers?

Age Limits:

- For regular international UN Volunteer, at least 25 years old.

- For international UN Youth Volunteer, must be between 18 and 29 years for the whole duration of their assignment

- For national UN Volunteer, at the minimum of 22 years old.

For more information, please refer to ‘Types, Eligibility and Qualifications of UN Volunteers’ under ‘How to Volunteer’. (link to the page)

Where do international and national UN Volunteers work?

UN Volunteers are assigned to a Host entity which is a UN organization, or different entity such as a non-governmental organization that requested the service of UN Volunteer.

Together with other UN personnel, UN Volunteers work within the framework of specific UN development project designed by various UN agencies or directly assigned to support any given office functions of specific UN agency and contribute to the neutrality and visibility of the United Nations.

What benefits are entitled to UN Volunteers?

The key benefit of being a UN Volunteer is the personal satisfaction the volunteer assignment brings to you as you make a positive impact on peace and development. However, we support you during your assignment in several ways, e.g. through a monthly volunteer living allowance, annual leave, or medical insurance.

UN Volunteers are not paid but receive monthly Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA). VLA is strictly intended to allow the UN Volunteer to sustain a modest and secure standard of living and is not a salary and is not meant as compensation or reward for the volunteer service

What is the difference between UN Volunteers and Online Volunteers?

Online volunteers are not UN Volunteers. Online volunteers are individuals who commit their time and skills over the Internet, freely and without financial considerations, for the benefit of society. They are mobilized through the Online Volunteering service are volunteers for the organization with which they collaborate.

For more information, please visit http://www.onlinevolunteering.org/. (link to the page)

Have you not found what you were looking for? More information can be found under FAQs at the UNV Global Website. (link to the page)  

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