Our work around the world is powered through our network of over 95,000 volunteers, who have committed to positively impact the world by dedicating their time and resources. Our volunteer network helps expand our reach to serve millions of vulnerable people each year.
World Relief has 20 offices throughout the United States, each with unique volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer work includes activities like providing a warm welcome at the airport, helping refugees resettle and find community in their new cities, helping immigrants in the U.S. apply for citizenship, teaching ESL classes and more.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
All World Relief Volunteers are required to submit an application, pass a Criminal Background Check and pass a Motor Vehicle Records Check, depending on the nature of the position.
Volunteers are also required to acknowledge World Relief's mission, vision, and values. Here are some frequently asked questions to guide you during your journey to becoming a World Relief volunteer.
Are the positions paid or unpaid?
All internships and volunteer opportunities at World Relief are unpaid and self-supported. No compensation, stipends or financial benefits are provided.
What are the application requirements?
Volunteers are required to submit an application, pass a Criminal Background Check and pass a Motor Vehicle Records Check, depending on the nature of the position. Volunteers are also required to acknowledge World Relief's mission, vision, and values.
Do I have to be a Christian to intern or volunteer with World Relief?
World Relief is both an equal opportunity employer and a faith-based religious organization. This means that we conduct hiring without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, marital status, parental status, membership in any labor organization, political ideology, or disability of an otherwise qualified individual. The status of World Relief as an equal opportunity employer does not prevent the organization from hiring candidates based on their religious beliefs so that all staff share the same religious commitment. Pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Section 702 (42 U.S.C. 2000e 1(a), World Relief has the right to hire only candidates who agree with World Relief’s Statement of Faith.
Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?
No. However, if you are applying for a U.S. based position, you must already have legal authorization to live in the U.S. World Relief cannot offer visa assistance for individuals coming to the U.S., and cannot accept undocumented volunteers.
What is the difference between an intern and a volunteer?
An intern is typically an undergraduate or graduate student who is pursuing an opportunity for academic credit, or a recent graduate seeking professional experience. A volunteer can be anybody from a student to a retiree, there is no age limit.
How long do volunteer positions last?
For U.S. based positions, the length of volunteer positions vary.
What if I’m interested in an international volunteer opportunity?
Great question! For international positions, an internship or volunteer position lasts between three and 12 months. There are exceptions, but in general, a minimum commitment of three months is necessary to properly train interns/volunteers, and to invest in the relationship between our organization and the individual For more information, please refer to the specific position description that interests you or contact us at 443.451.1900.
What if I have more questions?
Please contact us at 443.451.1900.