AMERICAN VOLUNTEERS FOR
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (AVID)
BOARD OF TRUSTEES PROGRAM
Walter J. Schloss
Ned W. Bandler
Governance and Ethics Officer
Bette Bao Lord
Max M. Kampelman
Alan P. Dye
Carleton S. Fiorina
Thomas S. Foley
Malcolm S. Forbes, Jr.
Theodore J. Forstmann
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
John T. Joyce
Kathryn Dickey Karol
Michael McFaul VOLUNTEER APPLICATION
John Norton Moore
Diana Villiers Negroponte
P.J. O'Rourke 1301 Connecticut Ave., NW
David M. Rubenstein
Calvin Sims Washington, DC 20036
Arthur Waldron Tel: (202) 747-7037
Wendell Willkie II Fax: (202) 296-2840
Washington, DC New York Budapest
American Volunteers for International Development (AVID) Program
Freedom House’s American Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program transfers “how
to” technical and managerial expertise to emerging democracies by providing hands-on, practical training.
Through AVID, Freedom House identifies and sponsors qualified American professionals who volunteer to work
side-by-side with their counterparts in NGOs, government, public administration, and media. Following a pilot
program, AVID was formally launched by the National Forum Foundation (which later merged with Freedom
House) in June of 1992. President Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic serves as the Honorary AVID Chairman.
In designing AVID, emphasis was placed on creating a practical, low-cost program that would advance
a country’s democratic and economic development by responding directly to its needs and solving real
problems. AVID Volunteers are doers—they provide the practical know-how, continuity, and staying power
that produce tangible results. The AVID program is driven by the applications submitted by prospective host
organizations in different countries. These applications specify the training to be achieved, as well as the skills
and expertise required of a volunteer. Applications are reviewed and prioritized by Freedom House using a
range of criteria. Priority is given to those host organizations whose activities have a disproportionately large
impact on the country’s political and economic development.
Eligibility: Freedom House seeks qualified volunteers who can meet the professional training needs
requested in the host organizations’ applications. In order to participate, volunteers must have a minimum of
five years of relevant professional work experience and commit to 3-12 months of service in the host country.
Candidates without local language skills are eligible but, of course, will be assigned to offices where English is
spoken. All AVID assignments are in the fields of non-profit, governance/ public administration or media
Freedom House provides volunteers most of their transportation and housing costs. In addition,
Freedom House can provide a living expense stipend based on local standards. Since its inception, the AVID
program has placed approximately 175 volunteers at host organizations in Belgrade, Bielsko-Biala, Bishkek,
Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest, Chisinau, Kyiv, Komarno, Krakow, Krasnoyarsk, Lowicz, Lviv, Minsk, Moscow,
Nizhny Novgorod, Opole, Prague, Rousse, St. Petersburg, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Szeged, Tallinn, Tirana, Uman,
Vilnius, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Yekaterinburg and other cities.
AVID is the natural extension of Freedom House's Visiting Fellows Program, which has brought more
than 800 leaders from emerging democracies to the U.S. for professional training. This internship program, the
largest of its kind in the United States, is internationally recognized as one of the most effective training
programs supporting nations’ democratic and economic transition.
Established in 1941, Freedom House is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to establishing
liberty, freedom, and democracy throughout the world. It conducts programs, which promote an engaged U.S.
foreign policy; monitor human rights; support public education campaigns; provide training and technical
assistance to promote democracy and free market reforms; support the rule of law, free media, and effective
governance; and provide studies, analysis, and research to further these goals.
Major funding for Freedom House programs is provided by: Ned Bandler, The Lynde and Harry
Bradley Foundation, Bridgewood Fieldwater Foundation, The British Council Romania, F.M. Kirby Foundation,
Foundation for Democratic Education, The Freedom Forum, JT International Romania, Lilly Endowment, Inc.,
Lockheed Martin Corporation, The LWH Family Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, National
Endowment for Democracy, Nihan Family Trust, Open Society Institute, Mark and Sushma Palmer,
Saladrigas Family Foundation, The Schloss Family Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., ULLICO
Management Company, Unilever United States Foundation, Inc., US Agency for International Development, and
the US State Department.
The American Volunteers for International Development (AVID) Program
2. E-mail address
3. Permanent home address and telephone number
4. Name of employer, address, and telephone and fax numbers
5. Employment history (starting with current position):
Position Company/Organization Dates of Employment
6. Please select skills that you could provide to an organization:
–––––––Accounting/Finance –––––– Policy Making ––––––Political Communication
–––––––Business Management –––––– Media Management ––––––Political Organization
–––––––Law –––––– Journalism ––––––Public Administration
–––––––Public Relations ––––––Non-Profit Management –––––Organizational Development
–––––––Fundraising ––––––Volunteer Training ––––––Advocacy
7. Education (starting with most recent degree):
Degree Institution Date Completed
8. List your foreign language abilities, indicating oral and written competency
9. On a separate sheet of paper, elaborate on the skills and expertise that you are qualified to offer to an
organization in the emerging democracies of Central and Eastern Europe. If you already know of a specific
organization with which you wish to work, please list the name of the organization and contact information.
10. Please list, in priority order, the countries in which you would like to work
11. Please describe any travel and work experience outside the U.S., especially in the region you indicated in
#10. Include the names and phone numbers of references, the sponsor of your trip, length and purpose of your
visit, as well as the countries visited.
12. Do you have teaching/training experience? Yes No Years
13. Will your employer continue to provide a salary for you while you are abroad?
Full Salary Partial Salary No Salary
14. Please discuss if you are able to provide some portion of your airfare or living expenses.
15. Volunteer assignments range from 3 months to one year. Please indicate the minimum and maximum period
you will be available: Minimum Maximum
16. During what period could you work and live abroad?
17. Please enclose a resume or curriculum vitae and the names of at least two references (include
addresses/phone numbers) who are familiar with your work.
18. Please provide two names and phone numbers of emergency points of contact.
19. Please list below any family members who will be traveling with you. Are there any special conditions that
should be taken into consideration in your housing placement? Are there any special health conditions that
should be taken into account?
20. How did you learn about the Freedom House AVID program?
21. Please give your general salary range in your current or most recent employment
(information is used for cost sharing purposes).
Please return all materials to:
AVID Volunteer Application
1301 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20036 USA
Tel: (202) 747-7037
Fax: (202) 296-2840