Policy on international volunteers at La’o Hamutuk
La’o Hamutuk appreciates the interest of international volunteers in working with us to support equitable and democratic development in Timor-Leste. Such an experience can be rewarding and productive for both La’o Hamutuk and the volunteer.
However, our experience with international volunteers over many years has prompted us to establish guidelines and mechanisms for selecting and working with volunteers. We are a relatively small organization with a principal focus on building the capacity of Timorese people to do the kind of work we do, so we are fairly selective regarding international interns or volunteers. We want people who will be able to work effectively and share skills quickly, and who will not require a lot of support or training. Although all of our staff speak some English, Tetum is the working language in our office and Bahasa Indonesia is understood by most.
Receiving a volunteer requires similar non-monetary support to receiving a new staff member. While the compensation is obviously different, the requirements and skills we look for are essentially the same, and the application process is almost identical. You can read it at http://www.laohamutuk.org/misc/LHJobAnnouncement.html.
We accept two categories of volunteers:
1. Participation as a full staff member (we are a non-hierarchical collective)
2. Participation focused on a particular topic.
All volunteers must be ready to help with La'o Hamutuk's work, and must understand and agree with our mission, vision, priorities and activities. They should represent LH well when they meet with others. LH will assign a staff person to work with each volunteer and coordinate her/his work, and all staff will help as necessary. LH can pay expenses relating to volunteers' work with LH, but not travel costs. When volunteers use LH's resources or equipment, they have the same responsibilities as other staff.
If you are interested in interning here, send us a cover letter, CV, writing sample and references to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will interview you and consider your application.
The Timor-Leste Institute for Development Monitoring and Analysis (La’o Hamutuk)