Volunteer: Retired/Experience Librarians

7.23.16 –  Retired/Experienced Volunteer Librarians
International Professors Project, New York, USA (Virtual)

Sarah P’s comments: A chance to become involved with international work without leaving home and part-time as well for anyone who is working.

1. 3 Librarians needed to identify, organize and curate Open Educational Resources for an online global university currently being established for populations in developing countries. Experienced retired librarians are most welcome to apply. Please be available for 6-8 hours a week with a minimum 6 month commitment.

Our all volunteer group enjoys some Google backing.

2. 2 Librarians wanted for helping us design and develop a networked organization, beginning with integrating in house activities with our growing reliance upon social media activities to serve professors, students, university deopertments, NGO and nonprofit organizations, mainly within the developing world.

Retired librarians are warmly welcomed to share their expertise, imaginations and experience with our all volunteer-driven group,which sports some Google backing.


The International Professors Project ( IPP ) is a global network of professors assisting emerging nations, especially in higher education. We accomplish this as academic citizens of the world, on university campuses around the globe, and also remotely via email, Google+, Skype, LinkedIn, etc.

Academic professionals and students now are part of IPP’s development .

IPP is an innovation, inspired in large part by current trends towards globalization.It uses interconnections , conultations, promotions and recruiting to fulfill its mission.

We are a technologically-oriented, hybrid academic organization, working to meet the higher education faculty and libarian needs around the world. Google has for years been generous, with a grant, a gift, volunteers, and free tools.

Helping less developed countries improve domestic educational opportunities, especially by assisting professors, is how we spend much of our volunteer time.

Spreading partly by our dedicated networking diffusion, with each participating professors group, individual academic, and university department making its own cultural, social, ideological, and technological contributions.

International Professors was also founded to create and maintain a new institutional pathway towards an appropriate and ‘developing-world-sensitive’ internationalization of higher education.

We also work to engage and volunteer for universities and professors less attached to locale, such as transnational and expatriate professors, and those academics who identify themselves as international professors.

We serve developing world professors, students, NGOs and universities

The International Professors Project is a U.S. not-for-profit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.


Webinar: Opportunities for LIS Professionals in the Fulbright Program

4.5.16 –  Opportunities for LIS Professionals in the Fulbright Program

Sarah P’s comments:  IRRT (The International Relations Round Table) recently hosted a very interesting and informative webinar about the Fulbright Program, an opportunity for USA citizens. I have more information and resources about the Fulbright Program listed on my Book Resources page (Chapter 8).  Fortunately for those who missed it, the program was recorded and you can listen to it via this link:

Opportunities for LIS Professionals in the Fulbright Program

About the program: An overview of opportunities for LIS professionals in the Fulbright program, including: the application process, getting your workplace on-board with your candidacy and grant, experiences living/working/teaching abroad, and how a Fulbright can enhance your career and studies. This webinar is informal and is not an official webinar sponsored or endorsed by Fulbright, CIES, IIE, or the US State Department.

Co-sponsors of this webinar are the Society of American Archivists’ Stu-dents and New Archives Professionals Roundtable and the International Ar-chival Affairs Roundtable. The speakers will include: (1) Natalie Baur, US Student Researcher; (2) Chris Prom, US Scholar; (3) Richard Sapon-White, US Scholar; (4) Andrea Malone, Fulbright Specialist.

Volunteer: School Librarian

3.30.16 –  Volunteer School Librarian
Haven of Peace Academy (HOPAC), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Sarah P’s comments:  This institution advertises this position every December however they have just re-advertised so I assume they have not yet found a candidate.


The mission of Haven of Peace Academy (HOPAC) is to provide an excellent, Christ-centred, international education that meets western academic standards and equips students to live out a biblical worldview in all areas of life to the glory of God.

Haven of Peace Academy is seeking a Librarian for the 2016/2017 school year. School year: August – June with classes Monday to Friday. HOPAC follows the Cambridge curriculum.

HOPAC, founded in 1994, is an international Christian K-12 school with over 300 students from 33 different countries and a variety of religious backgrounds including Christian, Muslim and Hindu. While the majority of students come from families of missionaries and the non-profit and international business community, one third are Tanzanian.

HOPAC teachers must be committed Christian, 55 years of age or younger with Bachelor degree, at least 3 years of teaching experience and fluency in English. HOPAC expects teaching staff to be supported spiritually and financially through a mission organization or home church. The school provides volunteer staff assistance in the form of a monthly living allowance that covers a significant portion of monthly in-country expenses.


– Bachelors Degree

– Evangelical Christian

– 3+ years experience

How to Apply:  Please email Cover Letter and CV to personnel@hopac.net. Kindly state the job posting in the email subject line.

Internship: Librarian

3.29.16 –  Librarian Intern
HELP Center, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Sarah P’s comments:  They list this as an internship but it could also come under the category of volunteer.  Nice that travel, housing and living expenses are provided.  I would love to do this opp however note that both English and French (or Creole) are required.  I think this will be a popular posting but you might try applying anyway (and quickly studying French) if you have the required KOHA experience because they need someone fairly quickly.

Position: Librarian (Volunteer – travel, housing and living stipend provided)
Location: HELP Center, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Department: Student Affairs
Supervisor: Deputy Country Director
Duration: Eight weeks during the summer of 2016

Overview of the Position : HELP is seeking a French or Haitian-Creole speaking Library Science student or graduate who would supervise the overall classification of the HELP library. The focus is on migrating the entire library (approximately 3000 books) from an Excel spreadsheet to a Koha Integrated Library System (ILS). The HELP Library is a major service provided to students that allows them to have the necessary materials they need for their university classes and related research. By establishing a professional ILS (Koha), HELP staff and students will be able to more efficiently use the library resources.

Summary of Responsibilities : Below are the major responsibilities and tasks, in order of priority, related to this position. Please note that this summary is not exhaustive.

A- Establish a systematic process for cataloguing all the books in the HELP library and those used by the HELP Academic Department into Koha
B- Train and supervise HELP student interns focusing on ILS data entry.
C- Provide general library management training to select HELP staff and students.
D- Provide recommendations to HELP for other library resources that would be useful for our students and staff and ideas on how those might be integrated into HELPs existing systems.

Minimum Qualifications :

– Education: Current MLS/MLIS/MSIS student or graduate..

– Work experience: Experience with data entry for Cataloging with an Integrated Library Systems (Koha experience preferred). You should be familiar with copy of records from other systems as well as creating new ones where no other accessible system has the book. Note: this library will be organized using Dewey Decimal.

– Essential skills: Ability to teach and supervise others. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Ability to stay focused on task with many interesting distractions in close proximity.

– Language(s): English and either French or Haitian Creole are required.

Duration:  The maximum length of this assignment is 2 months (preferably June and July 2016), however for the right candidate it is possible this could be a shorter commitment. The intern can end at either the end of two month or after the key goals have been met and the staff feels able to take over.

Benefits:  HELP will provide airfare to and from Haiti, housing near its office in Pacot, Port-au-Prince, and a $600/mo stipend to help cover other expenses.


How to apply:

Email CV and Cover letter to awalsh@uhelp.net

News: Volunteer Librarian Returns…

3.4.16 – Volunteer Librarian
Sand Castle Library & Bookmobiles, Bay Islands, Honduras

Sarah P’s comments:  As promised, here is the review of Cate Carlyle’s recent volunteer trip to the Bay Island of Honduras.  This was an opportunity I posted last year after I received an introductory e-mail from the Director.  From the start Cate worked hard to make this opportunity work for her.  She corresponded about how best to help the library and the best times to go and then found time in her busy schedule.  I am glad the result was an overall positive experience and I hope this paves the way for other librarians to volunteers there as well.


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Cate walking to work

I spent this past week, Study Break Week at the university where I work, volunteering in the Sandcastle Library on the island of Roatan Honduras. I covered my own travel and accommodation costs and used personal holiday time away from work. With the help of a generous donation from Mount saint Vincent University’s Faculty of Child & Youth Study, as well as the monetary donations and donations of school supplies from colleagues, friends and family, I was able to take two extra suitcases of school supplies and ship Spanish childrens’ books and readers to Roatan as well. These books and supplies were very much appreciated by the Partners in Education Roatan (PIER (http://www.pierroatan.org/) and Sandcastle Library staff. The kitchen timers (used to train teachers on how long to plan and deliver lessons in the classroom) and the magnifying glasses I donated were of particular interest, while scotch tape are markers are precious commodities as well. The staff also proudly wore the Nova Scotia and Canada tartan lanyards I took down for them.  I worked from 9am to 4pm most days organizing and cleaning the library, classifying the collection and assisting staff with the translation of language arts lesson plans and the integration of games into lesson planning. I also conducted a brief PD session with staff on book talks, conducting read-alouds, reading response, promoting and modeling reading and selecting materials for children.




There are no other public libraries on the island and only one school library. SandcastleLibrary was created in a former resort dive centre, by an ex-pat couple, for the community of Sandy Bay. The PIER President, Cam O’Brien, and Sandcastle staff (shout out to the amazing Celaura in the library) are incredible people; all highly motivated, generous, caring and committed to improving the quality of life on the island. Plans are in the works to move the library closer to town, off the beach, and to increase its size, scope and influence. PIER also runs two bookmobiles which travel to local schools and PIER and the library staff work on training local teachers in more current educational practices. The island does not have a newspaper, parents share the belief with their children that “reading makes you crazy”, and most reading is of the Bible (learned by rote). Reading for pleasure and reading comprehension are two of the hurdles the staff face when promoting literacy on the island. This year, PIER is facing an extra hurdle of trying to keep their second bookmobile on the road. They face a cost of $4000 US to keep the bookmobile running to the schools with books and staff eager to engage with children, promote literacy and model modern teaching methods for the teachers. Monetary donations are desperately needed in order to keep this program running.


Geckos on the bookmobile, in the books and on the shelves, mouse droppings, and biting bugs were a new challenge for me (bugs and geckos in the bed also made sleeping a bit tricky). I was able to initiate a “Get Caught Reading” campaign which the library will soon implement, as well as plant the seeds for an open house/community day to try to dispel some of the negative images which the parents have of the library and reading.

Library Before.jpg

Library Before…

Library After.jpg

Library After



Volunteer: Graphic Designer for Libraries

2.11.15 –  Graphic Designer for Libraries
Libros Para Pueblos, Oaxaca, Mexico

Sarah P’s comments:  For anyone with graphic design skills, here is a unique opportunity.  Could not find any reviews.

We are Libros Para Pueblos, a growing NGO based in Oaxaca, Mexico. Our mission is to inspire the love of reading in Oaxaca’s children. We create and support libraries in communities and help librarians to improve their job with children.

We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to join us in Oaxaca, Mexico. If you are interested in supporting our work through volunteering, please contact us.

The Graphic Designer position is an exciting volunteer post that offer a wide range of activities: Help to improve all out communication materials through graphic designer, help to develop a visual identity manual, develop brochures, advocacy materials, editorial design, slide shows, photo edition, web design.. Also, you can offer your time for activities like: reading to children once in the week, help us to set up events and workshops. We offer you support to gain experience as a Graphic Designer and support you to integrate to the cultural and social life of Oaxaca

Duration of program: 3-6-12 months

Age requirements: 25-100

Cost: There are no program fees. Volunteers can expect to spend from 20 dollars in food/accommodation.

Other information: We will support volunteers in finding appropriate accommodation, Spanish courses, etc. Recommendation letter at the end of the project.

Volunteer: Join LWB in Guatemala

2.8.16 – Volunteer with Librarians Without Borders in Guatemala

Sarah P’s comments:  LWB is an American-based organization which has existed since 2005.  Their goal is ‘to build sustainable libraries and support their custodians and advocates — librarians’ and every year they organize a volunteer trip.


Service Trip Description 

Every Spring since 2010 LWB travels to the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala to execute our remote work on the ground, to discuss emerging needs with our partners, and to re-connect with the students and school staff. We invite you to join us and work alongside us this year from April 22 to May 2, 2016.

This year’s work at the Academy will include ongoing collection management activities (cataloguing, processing, and organizing materials) and information literacy/outreach programming for students and teachers. LWB works with Asturias to also provide opportunities for trip participants to engage in activities that will help nurture a comprehensive understanding of libraries, education and culture in Guatemala. Typically trip participants are also given the opportunity to help finalize the last weekend activity (for example, visit scenic Lake Atitlán or trek to one of Guatemala’s volcanic peaks).

Primary Projects

  • Continued support of ILS implementation and lending system at the Asturias Academy through collection management support.
  • Information literacy and outreach programming targeting all students and levels through multi-day library events.
  • Professional development workshops for teachers supporting library integration into the curriculum.

Housing and Food
While in Quetzaltenango (Xela), participants will stay and eat most of their meals at the COFA Catholic Retreat Centre. On the weekends meals are eaten with a local family or at local restaurants. Vegetarian options will be available.

All trip volunteers are expected to:

  • Attend online meetings (3-4) to discuss projects and receive training on the Asturias Library and the local community context. These meetings are mandatory for all volunteers.
  • Join and contribute to a working team before the trip.
  • Participate in pre-and post-trip assessments (e.g. evaluation surveys).

Program Fees
The program fee is $1500 CAD* (= ~$1080 USD) for 11 days. This total covers lodging, food, transportation and entrance to all activities within Guatemala, as well as a fundraising fee to support LWB’s Guatemalan programs. Trip participants are responsible for paying their own airfare to and from Guatemala.

There is a $500 CAD non-refundable deposit due by all accepted applicants by March 3. The remainder of the fees ($1000 CAD) can be paid at the same time or by March 10*.

In addition, all trip participants are expected to bring extra spending money for additional purchases such as souvenirs and snacks, as well as occasional meals in Guatemala ($50-100 is adequate).

Important Dates

  • Guatemala Information Meeting (online) – February 9
  • Application Deadline – February 23
  • Successful applicants selected and notified – February 29
  • $500 CAD* non-refundable deposit due – March 3
  • $1000 CAD* (remainder of program fees) – March 10

*Note: The $1500 CAD may be revised to a new final figure if a significant change in exchange rate occurs. This information would be published by March 3.

How to apply: Submit a completed Volunteer Application to servicetrip2016@lwb-online.org by February 23. Thank you!