AU Youth Volunteer for the African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC) (Fully-funded) Apply Now!

AU Youth Volunteer

Program(s) Offered: Leadership/Volunteerism
Program Level: Short Courses/Training
Provider: African Union Youth Division (HRST)
Country to Study in: African countries

Scholarship Description
The African Union Youth Division runs and oversees the African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC) program. The AU-YVC, established in 2010, is a continental development program that promotes youth volunteerism in Africa.

The AU-YVC program aims to deepen the status of young people as key actors in Africa’s development targets and goals, enhancing their participation in policy development as well as design and implementation of relevant interventions towards the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063, ‘The Africa we want’. It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity and learning to build a more integrated, prosperous and peaceful Continent driven by its citizens.

Young African professionals are recruited to serve for a period of 12 months as AU Volunteers in an AU Member State other than their own. The volunteering opportunities are intended to build professionalism and a sense of responsibility among the participants, thus enhancing their employability.

African Union Youth Volunteer Corps Program (AU-YVC)

Applicants have to meet the following criteria:
  1. Citizen of an AU Member State living on the continent or the Diaspora;
  2. Aged between 18 – 35 years;
  3. Have a post-secondary certified qualification(s) (TVET, Bachelor’s degree or equivalent)
  4. Available in 2018 to dedicate 12 (twelve) months for volunteer work;
  5. Willing to live and work in another AU Member State;
  6. Is proficient in at least one AU working language (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese);
  7. Has at least one year verifiable volunteering experience and one year professional work experience.
Eligible groups
Citizens of African countries

Participating Institutions
This program is run by the African Union Youth Division

Fields of study
Africa’s development targets and goals; Africa's policy development and design; and implementation of relevant interventions to achieve Africa Union’s Agenda 2063, ‘The Africa we want’.

Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
This is for 12 months. Key dates include:
  • 1st August – eligibility Check;
  • 14th August: Successful applicants will be notified;
  • September 2017: Pre-deployment training;
  • 2018: Deployment of trained volunteers.
Scholarship benefits
For the successful candidates, the African Union Commission and its partners will cover the full costs of their pre-deployment training. On deployment, African Union Youth Volunteers receive the following:
  1. Economy return air ticket from home town to place of deployment
  2. A modest monthly stipend
  3. Health insurance cover
  4. Separation allowance upon successful completion of twelve months service
Method of Application
Interested candidates are invited to apply online only here. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Candidates who had applied in previous years and still meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to re-apply.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on the Application Process before you commence your application.

The deadline date to receive all applications is 31st July 2017 at Midnight GMT+3

The African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC), established in 2010, is a continental development program that promotes youth volunteerism in Africa. In July 2006, African Union Head of States and Governments meeting in Banjul, Gambia, endorsed the African Youth Charter (AYC). The Charter is a political and legal document which serves as the strategic framework that gives direction for youth empowerment and development at continental, regional and national levels.

Application Deadline: 31 July 2017
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)

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