Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Apply: Become an OLPCorps volunteer!

OLPCorps is One Laptop Per Child’s official field volunteer program. It is a worldwide community dedicated to transforming education for children who have had little or no access to modern information technology. OLPCorps gives young people the opportunity to contribute their minds, bodies, time and skills to delivering better education for children living in some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities.


Who should apply?

OLPCorps represents an exciting opportunity for tertiary students and young adults working in fields such as education, computer science, health and social sciences to help local communities build their 1:1 learning programs using the OLPC’s XO laptop.

We are looking for energetic, self-motivated, independent thinkers who are able to build upon OLPC projects in innovative ways. We want people who are passionate about education and technology, and who relish solving complex problems in challenging environments. We need people who not only want to make a difference, but are sensitive to the cultural differences they may encounter in the communities where they will be living and working.

We welcome applicants from anywhere in the world, however applicants must be 18 or older and conversant in the first language of the country to which they are applying. For example, applicants for Cameroun, Mali and Haiti must be fluent in written and spoken French. Applicants for the Palestinian Occupied Territories must be able to speak Arabic. Those applying for Afghanistan will need to be fluent in Pashto and/or Dari.

Successful applicants will be seen as ambassadors for OLPC in the field and must therefore demonstrate the highest standards in personal integrity and respect for the rights of others. We expect them to be committed to professionalism, honesty and transparency in their actions; to act creatively in resource-poor settings, work proactively without oversight, and have had significant experience working cross-culturally.

They must be committed to respecting local cultural practices and beliefs, and, most importantly, to protecting the rights and welfare of children above all else.

To apply: please click here

Applications closes tomorrow March 31, 2010

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