Fundraisers: join Cuso, see the world

publication date: Jun 5, 2012
Cuso International is recruiting fundraisers to serve internationally. Are you the right person for the job? It takes more than the right professional skills and good intentions to volunteer overseas with Cuso International.  Based on years of experience, we know that soft skills are as important, if not more important, than having a great resumé.  

Applications to volunteer are pre-screened based on the skills and experience needed for the placement. The shortlisted candidates are interviewed by phone, and if successful, invited to a full assessment day. 

Cuso International evaluates potential volunteers based on six dimensions or competencies:
  • positive and realistic commitment to volunteering and Cuso International;
  • commitment to personal learning and supporting the learning of others
  • self -assurance;
  • flexibility and adaptability;
  • working with others; and
  • sensitivity to the needs of others. 
Candidates selected after the assessment day work with an advisor to complete the pre-departure steps, and attend our five-day course, Skills for Working in Development.  Volunteering overseas with Cuso International is not for everyone, but is a unique, challenging experience that provides volunteers with the opportunity to contribute and learn as a global citizen.

Roles are generally longer term, ranging from one to two years, but we also have occasional short-term assignments for up to six months. We look for volunteers with degrees in a related field and at least three of years of practical work experience.

Experience can be varied and include areas such as institutional funding, resource mobilization techniques, financial planning, event management, grant management, donor management strategies and marketing.

Volunteers help raise essential funds, both by developing funding proposals and by training local colleagues to do the same. They support and train staff in areas like grant development, institutional funding proposals and resource mobilization.

Right now, we have placements in Nigeria, Bolivia and Ethiopia. To find out more about Cuso International visit our website, To view current fundraising and advocacy volunteer opportunities, visit

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