Global Community Fellowship

VIA (Volunteers in Asia)
  • Location
    San Francisco, California
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 30

Position description

VIA (formerly Volunteers in Asia) is a Bay Area non-profit organization with over 55 years of experience facilitating international experiential learning programs in Asia and the US. VIA’s mission is to provide innovative experiential learning opportunities that promote cross-cultural understanding, build partnerships, and offer transformative experiences for our participants and the communities they serve.


The Global Community Fellowship is a 13-15 month program for young and established professionals. Fellows work at NGOs and schools across Asia (Hong Kong, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam) to support community development and education programs. By working directly with communities, fellows get hands-on experience learning how organizations in Asia are using creative and innovative methods to address critical social challenges.


Each fellowship program requires different qualifications, which are listed on our website. Some desired qualifications include but are not limited to:

  • Interest or experience in teaching or NGO work
  • Self-starter, able to proactively find ways to contribute to an organization
  • Ability to work independently and in a team

Note about citizenship requirements:

Due to certain visa/work permit restrictions and the needs of our partner organizations, Global Community Fellowship posts are often limited to US citizens/residents, or individuals who have received their bachelor's degree from a US university. 

The program is funded by our alumni, partners, and grants. Funding covers the cost of:

  • Approximately three weeks of training, covering program management, cross-cultural communication, leadership development, and teacher training
  • Comprehensive emergency medical and evacuation insurance
  • Living and housing stipend (based on local cost of living) while working at your post or on a short-term VIA program
  • Intra-Asia travel (from training to your post and wrap-up conference)
  • Language study grants and tutors are available at some posts

Application instructions

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