"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

- Winston Churchill


IAWA is always looking for dedicated, creative, and passionate volunteers to join our team.  

If you are interested in assisting IAWA in this key phase of our development, please send a cover letter (stating why you are interested in volunteering with IAWA and which team you are interested in supporting) and your resume to info@iamweareyouth.org.




Board of Directors

Board Members play an active role in IAWA’s development by assisting the Executive Director with IAWA’s management, strategy, fundraising, and general promotion and ensuring sustainable growth. The Board meets monthly via videoconference and serve a term of two years.

Fundraising and Development

Assist IAWA in the development and implementation of fundraising plan.  Create, plans, and implement fundraising events.  Research and contact foundations or corporate sponsors.

Curriculum Development and Training

Assist the Curriculum Development team with the design, development, and revision of IAWA's Bokgoni Empowerment Program curriculum and training materials such as lesson plans, worksheets, student content and facilitator training guides.

Impact Monitoring and Evaluation

Support the development of monitoring systems and tools.   Review and update current evaluation tools and surveys.  Calculate, synthesize, and analyze data points for all projects.

Marketing and Communication

Assist in updating and enhancing IAWA’s digital footprint through managing social media (facebook, twitter, etc) and website.  Assist in publicizing IAWA events (correspond with media and attendees, write press releases, take pictures, etc.).   Assist in writing and publishing quarterly enewsletter.


Assist in the day-to-day oversight and administration of IAWA's  program and development activities including financial management, and project management.

Youth Facilitator

Assist IAWA’s Bokgoni Empowerment Camp administrator(s) plan, lead, and implement IAWA’s core and non-core programmes and experiences in South Africa for ambassadors.  As such, they share responsibility for the general safety, character development, and growth of IAWA’s ambassadors.



  • Desire to serve youth and represent the principle of Ubuntu (human cooperativeness or I am because we are)

  • Commitment to sustainable solutions, rather than "quick fixes"

  • Honesty, respectfulness, resourcefulness, resiliency, self-discipline, and flexibility

  • Innovation and Intrapreneurship (ability to work within structures to create something new)

  • Team-oriented and collaborative



  • Hands-on and real time experience in an international context; we work with people and organizations around the world

  • Opportunities for leadership and decision-making; your work is integral to the development of IAWA

  • Visibility; we are a small, close knit group and your voice will be seen and heard

  • Both a macro and micro-level perspective on development; we work with young people, teachers, community members, as well as larger organizations and policy makers. You will get to see the ways in which these sort of partnerships unfold and the effects that they have.

  • Extended network for future career options; wherever your interests may lie, IAWA can help you make unique connections with people who can help you along the way


We have operations in Washington, DC, USA and Phokeng, South Africa but most work will be done virtually.