How to Volunteer

 International UN Volunteers in Lao PDR. Photo: UNV Lao PDR/Valter Ziantoni

UNV recruits a great diversity of talents and offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. There are three distinct modalities of volunteer opportunities available through UNV, each with different application processes. These are:

International UN Volunteers

Those interested in applying for International UN Volunteer Specialist and Youth posts must meet the following criteria:

Youth modality Specialist modality
Aged between 18 and 29 Must be a minimum of 25 years of age
Educational requirements vary according to the needs of the assignment Have completed a university degree or higher technical diploma
Have up to 24 months  of professional experience Have at least 3-5 years of relevant working experience


It is not possible to apply for specific positions. Instead candidates must create a profile on the UNV’s global roster online. Candidates’ profiles are then matched with the assignment that best fits their skills. UN agencies around the world create the demand for the recruitment of UN Volunteers by drafting the terms of references for the assignments. New Descriptions of Assignment reach UNV headquarters every day.

 Volunteer training by UNV. Photo: UNV Lao PDR/Carla del Castillo

National UN Volunteers

Candidates interested in National UN Volunteer posts must meet different criteria to International candidates. National UN Volunteer must:

  • Have academic credentials (Bachelor's, Master's, doctorate, or technical award)
  • Have 3-5 years of relevant working experience following qualification
  • Be a minimum of 25 years old
  • Be a Lao national

In order to apply for National Volunteer positions, interested candidates should submit their application to the UNV office in Vientiane by contacting

Online volunteers

The Online Volunteer modality allows individuals to volunteer with many non-profit organizations around the world without leaving their home, all is needed is a computer and Internet connection. No matter if you are an organization or a potential online volunteer, please register on

A wide range of assignments such as translation, design, editing, proofreading, project proposal writing, and much more are posted here on a daily basis. Online volunteers receive certificates for their contribution, which can be useful in their further professional development.

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