Join First Things Foundation

First Things Foundation asks hard working individuals to give up their comfortable existence for at least two years. Why? Because when we live simply and share in the experience of those who suffer we gain humility and acquire insights. We have found that when we close our mouths and quiet our minds we actually turn out to be assets for the poor. It's not rocket science: Good projects and healthy change always grow out of authentic, loving, dynamic relationships. People matter more than plans. And bright, motivated, hard-working people can be found wherever one finds poverty. But we must be quiet and patient enough to find them.

Benefits
Be part of a small team of like minded individuals looking to shake up the aid world.  See your ideas tested and implemented in the field as you learn what it takes to live in different worlds.

 
 
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abroad

Medical Volunteer - Sierra Leone

Medical Specialists, General Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners; we invite you to the job of a lifetime. If you have the spirit of adventure and a heart for those who suffer, FTF has a unique service opportunity that is much more than a simple application of your unique skills. Join us on a journey.

Locations

  • Freetown, SL

  • Waterloo, SL

Responsibilities:

  • Guard the continuity of care in the 2 clinics (Waterloo and Freetown)

  • Coordinate education of local staff (medical, language skills...)

  • Financial management of the clinic

  • Human resources management (local staff)

  • Being humble and open minded as you work within an Orthodox Christian mission

  • General consultations in the clinic and cooperation with local health promoters  

  • Contributing monthly to our media through blogs, pictures, and video

  • Learning and speaking in national and local languages (Krio, English)

Requirements:

  • Specialized doctors, general practitioners, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, or final year medical students preferred

  • Pursuing or possess a college bachelor’s degree in health, nursing or a medical science

  • Able to adapt to a variety of social and economic differences

  • Self-motivated, with a good level of organization

  • Being an independent and creative person (there are a lot of unexpected problems you’ll have to solve that will occur during your service!)

Programs:

6-11 Month Service Commitment

We Cover:

  • Your food, lodging and in country transportation

  • Outgoing flight to Sierra Leone

  • Visa costs

  • Medical travel insurance

  • Evacuation insurance

You cover

  • Your vaccinations

3-6 Month Service Commitment

We Cover:

  • Visa Costs for SL

  • Food, lodging, and in-country transportation

You Cover:

  • Flights to and from Sierra Leone ($700-$1100)

  • Medical travel insurance ($100-$200)

  • Short term evacuation insurance ($300-500)

  • Your vaccinations ($200-$500)


1 yr. + Service Commitment

We Cover:

  • Your food, lodging and in country transportation

  • Round-trip flight to Sierra Leone

  • Visa costs

  • Krio/Local language Lessons

  • Medical travel insurance

  • Evacuation insurance

  • $300 monthly stipend to your bank account

  • Vaccinations

TO Apply

Please send the following to Andrew Schwark at andrewschwark@first-things.org (or if you have questions about the program please feel free to email him!):

  • Your resume / CV

  • A cover letter no longer than a page outlining why you would like to volunteer for this experience and for how long

  • We will also require 3 medical letters of reference before a final decision can be made


Abroad

Field Worker - Guatemala

We are actively engaging with poor entrepreneurs, visionaries, local leaders, and community projects to consult, facilitate, and network people together in order to get their projects and ideas off the ground.

This is not your average job! What does this mean? It means we live the same as those we serve: cold concrete floors, only filtered water, local meals, lots of walking and a ton of new friends and stories.

We are looking for a motivated individual who believes in offering hand-ups not hand-outs and is willing to live and breathe Guatemala for 2 years.

Responsibilities:

  • Serving a local community in an area of need as a volunteer for the first 8 months

  • Consulting with entrepreneurs and projects and being a facilitator to their ideas

  • Actively creating a network of local and national volunteers, partners, and sponsors

  • Contributing monthly to our media through blogs, pictures, and video

  • Learning and speaking in national and local languages (Spanish and Maya K'Iche')

Requirements

  • Be willing to commit for a 2 year experience

  • Open-mindedness and a team player at all levels

  • Able to adapt to a variety of social and economic differences

  • Self motivated with a good level of organization

Skills and Experience

All backgrounds accepted, we will teach you what you need to know!

To Apply

Please send your resume and a short letter describing why you want to join us to Andrew Schwark at andrewschwark@first-things.org

If you have any additional questions we would be happy to answer them!

 
 

Abroad

Field Worker - Sierra Leone

We are building and expanding our operations in Sierra Leone. We currently operate out of Freetown and Waterloo. We are in the first stages of establishing our presence in Sierra Leone and this means the job may be more demanding than the usual!

This is not your average job! What does this mean? It means we live the same as those we serve: cold concrete floors, only filtered water, local meals, lots of walking and a ton of new friends and stories.

We are looking for a motivated individual who believes in offering hand-ups not hand-outs and is willing to live and breathe Sierra Leone for 2 years.

Requirements

  • Be willing to commit for a 2 year experience

  • Open-mindedness and a team player at all levels

  • Able to adapt to a variety of social and economic differences

  • Self motivated with a good level of organization

Skills and Experience

All backgrounds accepted, we will teach you what you need to know!

Responsibilities:

  • Serving a local community in an area of need as a volunteer for the first 8 months

  • Consulting with entrepreneurs and projects and being a facilitator to their ideas

  • Actively creating a network of local and national volunteers, partners, and sponsors

  • Contributing monthly to our media through blogs, pictures, and video

  • Learning and speaking in national and local languages (Krio)

To Apply

Please send your resume and a short letter describing why you want to join us to Andrew Schwark at andrewschwark@first-things.org

If you have any additional questions we would be happy to answer them!