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.