Volunteer and Internships Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
When do I apply?
TVT accepts applications for volunteers and interns throughout the year. Nevertheless, there are more opportunities available during the summer but we host a continual stream of internships every month of the year. It will therefore depend on when one is available and application must be received two months before the volunteer/internship start date.
What is the time commitment?
This varies by internship, but generally most student internships are for 6 - 12 week. The volunteer programme is available throughout the year and ranges from 2 weeks depending on one’s availability. TVT is flexible on the number of days worked but one must be able to work for at least three days in a week if assigned to a project sites in any country. For virtual volunteers or online volunteers, time spent will depend on the individual time plan.
Are all of internships in Kenya?
Yes, for the time being TVT projects are in Kenya but arrangements are under way to role out similar projects in other countries of Africa and this will be communicated through the TVT website.
Who can apply?
Anyone can apply. It doesn’t matter what your skills, experience or background are, or how much time you have to give. Even if you only have a couple of hours a week to spare, we'll have something to suit you and therefore TVT welcomes applications from people of all ages and backgrounds. The specific criteria will vary depending on the roles individuals decide to undertake, but in general the following minimum criteria is required:
- Be 15 years or older for students internship programme and more than 18 years old for the volunteer programme
- Basic computer skills
- An interest in serving people in need
- Be able to communicate in English
- Be a person of people and a God fearing individual
How do I apply?
Complete application form and attach recent copy of your resume/curriculum vitae (CV) and motivation statement。A copy of the bank transfer to confirm payment of a non refundable application fee of Kshs. 1,500 (Euro. 15 or US$20) is also required. Applications must be received at least two months before the proposed volunteer/internship start date. You may choose to apply online using this form (click here) or Download the application form here and mail it to us.
How do I know if I have been selected for the internship or volunteer programme?
Application forms request for contact details. Please include your most reliable contact information email or telephone。TVT will confirm will confirm receipt of your application and arrange for an interview either by phone, video conference or in-person. TVT will contact each applicant within two weeks to confirm the status of their applications.
What is involved in the assessment process?
TVT will evaluate the fit (skills and experience) of each candidate against the needs of TVT projects. After successful completion of the initial evaluation round, TVT will send emails to the shortlisted applicants for a more comprehensive interview to assess competencies, skills and interests in line with the prevailing needs of TVT. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will receive an email in two weeks after the closure of the assessment or interview process.
Will I get paid?
TVT is a small charitable organisation with limited resources to support income generating activities for women and youth in rural villages. Thus the interns and volunteers will not be paid for their participation in the programmes. However, TVT will be responsible for organizing logistics such as office space, arranging meetings and other local operational requirements.
Will you provide me with a reference?
Both interns and volunteers will receive a commendation or reference letter upon completion of their programme with TVT.
What are some of the areas I can volunteer in?
Internships and volunteer services are available in any of the following areas:
- Communications and social mobilization
- Humanitarian Education
- International Finance and accounts
- Project management
- Youth Engagement
- Website maintenance and improving internet presence
- Advertising and marketing
- Environmental protection and new farming methods
- Architectural, engineering, accountancy and human rights and legal services
- Organizing exhibitions and promotion of group products
How much time do I need to give?
You can give as much or as little time as you can. Fit your internship or volunteering around your studies or work.