Do I need a college degree?
Several of our opportunities do not require a degree. As a responder, opportunities are available for individuals with a combination of relative job experience and education, though some opportunities will require a four-year degree or other varied vocational training. Search the Volunteer Openings page for specific requirements.
Do I need to speak a foreign language as a responder?
Language requirements are not a requirement for volunteering at this time. If in the future we have more technical volunteer opportunities that require such, it will be listed in the trip opening. Search the Volunteer Openings page for specific requirements.
How do I check the status of my CSi application?
You will be contacted by our team within 2 weeks.
Is there an age limit to serving for CSi?
No, there is no upper age limit to CSi service. However, volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years old to serve. Some exceptions may be granted (if 16 and older traveling with family).
I want to serve with my spouse. How do we apply?
Couples can serve together, but must apply to individual job postings separately.
Where will I stay during my service trip?
Volunteers will be staying in clean, safe, and moderate hotels. We try to make sure all accommodations have internet access to keep in touch with loved ones at home.
I have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies. Will this effect my application or CSi service?
Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Some nations may necessitate you bringing in snacks as all needed items may not be readily available.
What if a family emergency occurs while I am serving?
You will be provided with an emergency contact number that your loved can contact you in case of emergency. The emergency will be evaluated and options for returning home will be given.
May my minor children accompany me during my service trip with CSi?
Due to the nature of our trips we encourage children to stay at home but they will be delighted with all of the pictures and maybe the tiny souvenir you can bring home.
I don't see any CSi openings that match my skills. What should I do?
If you don't see an opening now that matches your skills, you should continue to monitor open positions, as new opportunities are posted as funding is received and help is needed. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive information about featured openings.
What kind of training will I receive as a CSi Response volunteer?
You will receive a short orientation upon arrival to your country of service. Technical and language training is minimal; it is expected that you already possess the skills needed to successfully complete your assignment.
Is the applicant medical evaluation process different for older candidates?
The medical evaluation process is the same regardless of an applicant's age. All applicants undergo a comprehensive medical and dental assessment based on their health history and examinations to determine if their medical needs can be supported in our host countries.
Medical and Health
I have a specific medical condition. Will it impact my ability to serve or where I am placed?
It may. CSi volunteers serve around the world in physically, emotionally, and mentally challenging environments where medical resources and local transportation serves may vary significantly from those in the U.S. Each applicant's medical history is considered individually to ensure CSi is able to safely meet their medical needs in their country of service. When you apply, you must fully disclose your medical history so CSi can consider your health needs.
What immunizations do volunteers need?
CSi requires proof of routine childhood immunizations, which may be shot records or blood tests, to include tetanus/diphtheria, chickenpox, polio, measles, mumps and rubella. Depending on a volunteer's country of service, yellow fever vaccination may also be required. Vaccines necessary for a specific country of service will need to be administered before the trip. Many nations require a medical card to enter into customs and immigration.