Put your skills to good use as a volunteer in your country of origin by exchanging ideas and passing on your knowledge

Do you have at least two years' relevant professional experience and expertise in a specific field? Do you currently live and work in Germany and want to put your skills to good use in your country of origin?

What we offer

  • Financial assistance towards your expenses during the assignment
  • Paid travel expenses
  • A basic insurance package
  • Referrals to suitable organisations that are interested in your expertise
  • Local support during your assignment from our team of coordinators 

Your profile

  • You are currently living in Germany and have a migration background in one of the following countries:
    Albania, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Serbia, Tunisia, Ukraine or Viet Nam.
  • You have completed your vocational training or degree in Germany and have at least two years' relevant professional experience in the field in which you would like to work during your assignment.
  • You are planning to undertake a short-term assignment of between three weeks and six months in a development-related area.

Apply now to work as a diaspora expert.

The term ‘diaspora experts’ is used for well-qualified and skilled people with a migration background who wish to support their country of origin by putting their expertise to good use as volunteers. As a diaspora expert, you will pass on your knowledge and skills through short-term assignments in development projects involving local organisations. This is a great way to support development in your country of origin while achieving a sense of personal fulfilment.

CIM’s recruitment role

The Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) supports short-term assignments of experts in volunteer roles. It will put you in touch with suitable organisations that are interested in your skills – unless, of course, you already have such an organisation in mind. Support is available for assignments lasting between three weeks and six months with state institutions or public-benefit organisations such as administrative bodies at various levels of government, academic institutions, chambers of commerce, associations and non-governmental organisations. The programme is open to people from a wide range of careers and sectors, including managers, financial advisors, organisational developers, engineers, legal specialists, doctors, vehicle mechanics, skilled manual workers and health care professionals. Of course, in order to qualify for support, the assignment must have a development focus.

Real life experience

Expertise from Germany for a nursing home in Ethiopia

Surafel Mengistu trained as a nurse in Germany. His desire to help others led him to volunteer in his native country, Ethiopia, where he applies his expertise at a nursing home of the Macadonias Humanitarian Association.  

Are you interested in what we have to offer?

Please fill out the following form and upload it together with your application documents.

Expression of interest (DOCX 51549 kb)

Apply now or request support funding


Please note that due to the Corona pandemic, assignments as diaspora experts are only possible to a very limited extent. There are only a few countries where assignments are possible and only for a duration of 4 months or more or to support partner institutions in dealing with the Corona pandemic. Nevertheless, we encourage you to apply and kindly ask for your patience


If you would like to volunteer as a diaspora expert in your country of origin, you have two options:

  1. You can apply for an opportunity advertised on our ‘Job opportunities’ page, and CIM will place you with a local institution. We will provide individual advice, financial assistance towards your expenses during the assignment, a basic insurance package, paid travel expenses and reimbursement of equipment costs.

2. Alternatively, if you have already identified an institution that is interested in your know-how, you can apply for the support funding we offer.

3. You have questions or would like to get information.



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