Accountants: volunteer abroad! Use your skills in a rewarding way, challenge yourself and see the world

16/08/2012 -

From orphanages to hospitals to International charities, volunteer accountants are needed across Africa, Asia and South America. Accounting for International Development (AfID) arranges volunteer placements from 2 weeks to 6 months or more at these organisations.

French speakers and English speakers needed. (Basic English is required to communicate with AfID office staff)

Grassroots organisations such as health clinics, street child centres and schools hugely benefit from financial coaching and support: the improvement in financial management allows them to do more work with the same amount of money, and in a number of cases saves them from closing down.

Assignments typically focus on 1 of 3 primary areas:

  • Conducting a Financial Health Assessment/Internal Audit
  • Coaching and developing the accounting skills of local charity staff
  • Assisting with the preparation and analysis of financial plans and budgets

The need for skilled accountants is largely driven by a lack of training at local level, combined with the complex reporting requirements of donor organisations. When you are a headmistress, doctor or a nun trying to run a charity with very limited resources, it can be very difficult to keep accurate records and perform your normal duties - with a different set of accounts and reports required by each donor, of which there can be many, you begin to see the problem.

Additional responsibilities may include:

  • International donor relations
  • Sourcing new local charity partners
  • Implementation of financial controls & procedures
  • Assisting partners with funding proposals and assessments.
  • Teaching sports & Microsoft Office skills

For more information please contact us on +44 (0) 207 559 1422 or email Please forward our details to any accountants in your network that you think would be interested in our work.  

Thema's: Beroep > Internationaal