AVS has a very small staff.
It relies heavily on
volunteers as well as the collaboration of other organizations and
institutions to achieve its objectives. AVS needs volunteers who
understand and abide by the Rights and
Responsibilities of a Volunteer. Its volunteers may make
different time commitments, depending on their personal circumstances
and the specific work they do for AVS: volunteers who can help AVS on a
one-time basis, volunteers who take responsibility for a specific
project, and volunteers who regularly work with AVS at a specific time
each week. Volunteers who cannot come to the AVS office during its
regular office hours (9:00 am-4:00 pm on weekdays) can often arrange to
come to the office outside of regular office hours or do the work away
from the office. Virtual volunteers can, in fact, help AVS from
anywhere in the world. While we appreciate the efforts of all who
volunteer for AVS, those who make a greater commitment can be given
greater training and responsibility, and can consequently have a greater
impact on the effectiveness of AVS.
AVS has one immediate need for volunteers this April.
Would you like to be a monitor for Global Youth Service Days projects
throughout Lebanon on April 18, 19, or 20???? If you want to learn
Here are some of the different things you can do as an AVS volunteer:
AVS Volunteer Opportunities
WEB MASTER Ongoing/
Individual, Pairs/ Virtual Volunteer (could be anywhere)
Description: Critique the AVS website, propose and implement
improvements, update pages, and develop new features. Help create an
Skills: Skills in website construction, design. Knowledge of
English and/or Arabic.
Requirements: Access to a PC, and the necessary software for web
GENERAL ASSISTANT Ongoing/
Individual, Pairs/ Beirut
Description: Come to the AVS office at a fixed time each week to
help with whatever work needs to be done at the time phoning, sending
faxes, getting price estimates for items in funding proposals, inputting
information on the computer, collating and folding newsletters,
addressing envelopes, and much more.
Skills: No special requirements other than a willingness to help
with whatever needs to be done.
Requirements: The work will be assigned according to the skills
of the volunteer and the tasks to be done.
LIBRARY MANAGER Ongoing/
Individual, Pairs/ Beirut
Description: Come in to the AVS fairly regularly, to enter books
and videos into our database, write brief summaries for our records,
cover and label the books, create topical bibliographies, and re-shelve
books as needed.
Skills: Ability to read/write English, alphabetize in English and
/ or Arabic, minimal computer skills.
Requirements: Commitment to come to the AVS office at least 1
hour/week. Hours flexible.
ARCHIVE MANAGER Ongoing/
Individual, Pairs/ Beirut
Description: Organize AVS archives from past years, label and
file the pamphlets, brochures, and handouts collected from NGOs in
Lebanon as well as those from abroad.
Skills: Ability to read/write in Arabic and/or English.
Requirements: Commitment of at least 1 hour/week. Hours flexible.
GRAPHIC DESIGNER Ongoing/
Individual, Pairs/ Virtual Volunteer (can be anywhere)
Description: Design the graphics and the layout for our stationary,
newsletters, brochures, posters, website, etc.
Skills: Computer skills in graphic design and/or drawing ability.
Requirements: Work can generally be done away from the AVS
WEEKLY FEATURE EDITOR Ongoing/
Individual, Pairs/ Work can be done from anywhere in Lebanon.
Description: Collect information, help select what is used, and
write it up for a weekly feature on volunteerism in a newspaper. A
number of different newspapers are willing to give us the space but we
need volunteers to do the work.
Skills: Ability to write well in Arabic, French or English.
Requirements: We could have 2-4 volunteers doing this,
alternating so that a feature is submitted each week. Requires traveling
to events and organizations featured in a particularly article.
NEWSCLIPPER Ongoing/ Individual,
Pairs/ Family (Anywhere in Lebanon)
Description: This is a job you can do from the comfort of home.
Choose one of the many newspapers in Lebanon to browse, and cut or copy
articles related to volunteerism and NGOs, mount on paper, label or
submit them to the AVS to be filed appropriately.
Skills: No special skills needed.
Requirements: You need to subscribe to the newspaper (we may be
able to get a free subscription). Yu can choose an Arabic, English, or
French newspaper, but you need to do it regularly and systematically.
FUNDRAISER Ongoing/ Individual,
Pairs (Anywhere in the worl)
Description: Help organize activities or make contacts that
generate funds for AVS. This can mean anything from contacting a rich
cousin who believes in good causes, to getting a small club or group of
friends to each contribute 10,000 LL, to designing and selling T-shirts
that encourage volunteerism.
Skills: Depends on the approach to fundraising needed. May need
special training about AVS and fundraising techniques.
Requirements: Serious commitment to the objectives of the
OUTREACH PRESENTER Ongoing/
Individual, Pairs (Anywhere in Lebanon)
Description: Give presentations to organizations, schools, and
groups of individuals about volunteering: Who can volunteer? Why
volunteer? Benefits to the Volunteer, the Organization, Society,
Rights and Responsibilities of Volunteers, etc.
Skills: Good presentation skills in Arabic and/or English,
willingness to be trained.
TRANSLATOR Ongoing/ Virtual
Description: We need lots of these. Translate articles,
correspondence, and/or publications on volunteerism from Arabic to
English, or English to Arabic. This can be done from home and either
faxed or emailed to us.
Skills: Excellent knowledge of the two languages you are
Requirements: We have translation needs that are one time,
occasional, or a project. Let us know what you are able/willing to do.
PHOTOGRAPHER Ongoing/ Generally in
Description: Take pictures or videos of AVS events, also perhaps
take pictures for weekly newspaper features on volunteerism. This would
require going to events/organizations featured.
PHONE CALLER Ongoing/ Individual,
Pairs (Anywhere in Lebanon)
Description: This job can be done from any place where you have
access to a phone, whether our office or elsewhere. Call affiliated
organizations or those who we would like to introduce to the AVS to give
them messages from the office.
Skills: Pleasant speaking style. Ability to speak Arabic.
Requirements: Access to a phone preferably a fax/phone own or
phone at AVS office.
CREATE YOUR OWN POSITION Ongoing/
Individual, Pairs/Group/Family (Wherever you are)
Description: You are invited to create a job description that
contributes to fulfilling AVS objectives based on your own interest,
skills and abilities. Propose it to us and well see if it can fit into
our programs and objectives.
Skills: Whatever skills you have.
Requirements: We are flexible in our hours, but we do expect
commitment to actually DO whatever you volunteer for, and do it the best
FUTURE AVS PROGRAMS (Waiting for
funding and a committed coordinator)
Volunteering of those with Disabilities
Volunteering of the Elderly
Volunteers from Abroad (particularly Lebanese emigrants visiting
If you are interested in becoming an AVS
Volunteer, please contact the AVS office,
fill out a volunteer application there, and discuss your volunteer
interests with the AVS staff.