Solidarity Worker Program
NCP offers the opportunity to work with our partners around the world as what we call Solidarity Workers. We see this as a chance to walk alongside our global neighbors (the “solidarity” part), learning from them even as we work with them to build a better world (the “workers” part).
For qualified applicants, NCP offers up to $2000 per year to cover travel and living expenses. The participant, in turn, agrees to make their network aware of their upcoming adventure before they depart. Then, on their return, the participant will be expected to share about their experience with their network. The purpose of this is to help educate our neighbors about our world, as well as to encourage participation with and support of NCP.
Sarah Durnbaugh's final reflections on her summer in Sudan—worth the read!
How It Works
After contacting NCP to express interest, candidates will be sent a questionnaire related to their background, education, any language fluency, and previous experiences of traveling abroad, along with an idea of the kind of work with which they wish to be involved and for how long. NCP then works with partners to seek a placement for the candidate. Sites currently available for placement are Myanmar, Ecuador, Nepal, and South Sudan. Also check out Apprenticeship positions at the NCP Sustainable Living Center in Virginia.
In Nepal, the volunteer would work with NCP partner Shakti Samuha, an organization started by women formerly trafficked in the sex trade. Their goal is to assist young women in reintegrating into Nepali society following their experience as a sex worker.
Shakti welcomes interns interested in working with them, and especially those engaged with social issues. For those wanting to do research, Shakti can assist in this process. They hope for minimum of six month commitment, but can work with shorter term volunteers if necessary. They welcome creative interns with skills in areas such as finance, monitoring and evaluation, and working directly with the young women.
NCP’s trekking guide and reforestation partner Jimmy Zan welcomes help in his work to reforest badly deforested areas in the Palaung hill tribe area of central Myanmar. Additionally, Jimmy is interested in promoting less chemically-intensive farming practices. Candidate should have some knowledge of plant cultivation, soil conservation and/or previous experience as an arborist. Position would be based in the town of Kalaw in the Shan State of Myanmar. Jimmy speaks English, but an openness to learning conversational Burmese would be important.
In South Sudan, volunteers typically commit to three months of service, and usually from mid-May to mid-August. Supervision and coordination is provided by the Girlchild Education and Development Association in Nimule, South Sudan, where the workers would be based. This organization is the NCP partner for girls’ education and women’s development in this part of South Sudan. Opportunities include teaching in local schools, assisting in a reforestation program, and working with women’s groups. All work can be conducted in English. Total cost for participation is approximately $3600, including roundtrip airfare, requiring the participant to cover costs beyond the $2000 NCP stipend.
NCP’s partner in Ecuador is Fundacion Selva, a nonprofit organization working for native rights, rainforest preservation, and women’s empowerment. NCP has worked with Selva since 2004, sending Learning Tour groups and Solidarity Workers, as well as supporting rainforest preservation.
Responsibilities for the participant will be determined by the needs of Selva and the skills of the participant. Spanish language fluency is preferred.
Contact NCP director David Radcliff to explore the possibilities!