Volunteer service contributes to the well-being of an individual and the community, and is usually coordinated by a non-profit or public sector organization. These positions rarely offer any salary or wage. Volunteering internationally offers a native's perspective into a country, a chance to work with people from around the world, and unparalleled experiences.
Voluntary work can be desirable if you are unable to gain legal work in Qatar, or wish to gain skills or experience (you would still need an entry visa if you require one). Although unpaid, board and lodging may be provided.
Application depends on the organization. Most groups require a formal application, a personal statement, and some kind of deposit. There are periodic deadlines, so check the organization's sites to find out the deadline.
There are many charitable and professional organizations that welcome volunteers in Qatar. These include:
Islamic social welfare organization.
Phone: +974 4441 6422
Phone: +974 4454 7341
Phone: +974 5534 1818
Breast cancer fund-raising and awareness organization.
Other international events, such as the recent Doha 2012 UN Climate Change Conference, also regularly recruit volunteers. Keep your eyes on the news for upcoming international events in Doha, and contact event organizers directly about volunteer opportunities.
You might also look at our other articles on Summer Jobs and Internship abroad on the left column of this page for other opportunities.
Many volunteer programs also handle visa arrangements and include insurance coverage in their program fees or as part of their compensation. If they do not, you will need to shop around for rates and coverage. Ask for a letter of introduction and prepare to shop around for best rates and coverage.
Insurance for volunteers should cover personal injury, liability for accidents, and loss of property or damage to property. There are no special insurance regulations in Qatar for volunteers.
You may also consult our section on "International healthcare & Medical Insurance" to find out more about your options.
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