CONNECT: Job/Volunteer Opportunities
What’s it like to work or volunteer with us? At Imagine Scholar, we are passionate, creative, driven, and committed to lifelong learning. We seek innovative solutions and collaborate with others to challenge the status quo of educational norms. Most importantly, we hold ourselves to the same rigorous standards as the youth in our program.
The Imagine Scholar community is built around a shared purpose, what we call our ‘WHY’. We commit and aim to: Awaken the confidence to step outside our comfort zones; Cultivate the extraordinary in ourselves; Develop the courage to do the right thing, and; Be empowered to inspire our community and the world.
If this sounds like a team you want to be a part of, check out openings below.
International Development Internship
TYPE: Part-time (10-30 hours/week)
LENGTH: 5+ months
INFORMATION: International Development Interns can be based anywhere in the world, completing the internship remotely as well as joining our ground staff on site in South Africa for 2-4 weeks. This development experience is well positioned for applicants who are interested in fundraising, campaign creation, youth empowerment, and sustainable development.
The International Development Internship is done in three phases.
Phase 1: Fundraising and Awareness Campaign! (Can be done anywhere in the world!)
What You’ll Do: Work with our team to develop and implement a fundraising campaign in your local area. By identifying your key networks, you will organize a variety of events to build excitement about and funds for Imagine Scholar.
Timeline: 3+ months
Phase 2: Work On-Site at Imagine Scholar South Africa!
What You’ll Do: Build meaningful relationships with our students through joining class sessions, facilitating your own workshops, and engaging outside of class. Bring your passions, interests, and skill sets for a fulfilling experience.
Timeline: 2-4 weeks
Phase 3: Share your story!
What You’ll Do: After crafting your own Imagine Scholar narrative during the first 2 phases of the internship, you’ll go home and share! There is creative liberty with this phase of the internship as there are many ways to continue building your relationship with us as an organization and the students!
Timeline: 1-3 months
- Phase 1 & 3 are volunteer, during phase 2 interns will receive a 500 rand/month stipend ($50). While living on-site for phase 2, all living expenses (housing, food, internet) is covered by Imagine Scholar
- Round trip ground transportation (not airfare) will be arranged and covered by Imagine Scholar.
- Team members will be responsible for their round-trip airfare, extra off-site activities should they wish to partake in, ‘eating out,’ and any visas (would be required if you stayed more than 90 days) or shots that may be required/or that you wish to get.
- Imagine Scholar offers flight credit reimbursement for fundraising for the organization.
- Fundraising Incentive Structure:
- Raise $2000 – $2999 = flight reimbursement credit (up to $250 credit)
- Raise $3000-$4999 = flight reimbursement credit (up to $500 credit)
- Raise $5000+ = flight reimbursement credit (up to $1000 credit)
- *Please note that a $1,500 fundraising minimum is required to book Phase 2
Even as part of the international team, Imagine Scholar offers an innovative, free-form, and collaborative work environment. The experience is best suited to self-starting individuals who are motivated enough to prototype their own ideas but communicative enough to collaborate with our team.
While the focus of the internship is development (fundraising), there is plenty of room to pioneer your own personal efforts and explore your personal areas of interest.
- Stipend Provided
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit your resume and cover letter to Caitlin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should explain your motive for joining the Imagine Scholar team as well as relevant experience.
Successful applicants will be contacted via e-mail to begin a 2-round interview process.
LENGTH: 6 months, preferred (open to shorter stay)
Start date: early April 2018
End date: (ideally) October 2018, though potential for extension if good fit
LOCATION: Nkomazi, South Africa
INFORMATION: The Program Associate will serve as a youth mentor and assist with a variety of tasks to ensure the program is running smoothly.
Program Associate’s schedule: Wednesday – Sunday; 9:30am – 5:30pm (*however, Imagine Scholar is open Tuesday – Sunday; students attend our program 2:00 – 5:30pm between Tuesday – Friday and 9:00am – 5:30pm between Saturday – Sunday)
What’s in it for you:
The Imagine Scholar community is a group of creative, inspired, driven youth and adults exploring their own development and learning. Being a part of the IS team means being a student. You’ll have access to our expansive library of fiction and nonfiction books, like-minded staff from around the world, curious teenagers who love to share ted talks and articles with you, and the beautiful solitude of rural South Africa (a space to think, reflect, and grow yourself in whatever field you’re interested in).
If you’ve been looking to get away from the hustle and bustle and dive into your own passions, this is a fantastic space to work in. You’ll have the opportunity to contribute to a meaningful cause and while spending your free time on your own personal projects.
Team members will live on site in Kamhlushwa, South Africa with the other Imagine Scholar staff in a simple, private dormitory bedroom. At any given time there are 4-7 international team members on site.
Food, clean drinking water, running water, and unlimited internet access are also all provided for!
The Program Associate will also be provided a 1500 rand stipend per month.
Round trip ground transportation (not airfare) will be arranged and covered by Imagine Scholar.
Team members will be responsible for their round-trip airfare, extra off-site activities should they wish to partake in, ‘eating out,’ and any visas (would be required if you stayed more than 90 days) or shots that may be required/or that you wish to get.
Candidates who commit to a 6-month placement are offered a $500 flight reimbursement check upon the completion of their commitment.
Imagine Scholar offers additional flight credit reimbursement for team members who wish to participate in fundraising for the organization. Please ask about this if interested!
- Stipend Provided
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
HOW TO APPLY
Please send your resume and a written or video (a video is preferred!) personal statement as to why you’re interested in this opportunity to email@example.com. Please, no generic cover letters! We want to see who you are, what you’re all about and how you see yourself contributing to the Imagine Scholar family. Our organization is an amazing place to work – our team and students are fun, dynamic, and really personable. Thus, we’re looking for excited and genuine candidates. Tell us about your skills and quirks. Anything that makes you, you! Please also provide the following information:
- Where you saw this post
- Your first and last available date