BECOME A WLF AMBASSADOR
Join a Global Community of Literacy Advocates
Every year, the World Literacy Foundation runs a free global program to train and encourage youth individuals to become literacy advocates and generate change in their communities. Our ambassador program is an incredible platform to interact, share and cooperate with other like-minded people determined to eradicate illiteracy worldwide.
Be a voice in your community
Ambassadors will speak at their school, university, media or community group to raise awareness and advocate for literacy.
Support the education of vulnerable children
Ambassadors will raise funds to support one of the literacy programs of the World Literacy Foundation.
Develop your leadership and advocacy skills
Ambassadors will receive training to learn how to get others involved in their cause and make a greater impact to help eradicate illiteracy.
Applications for the 2021 WLF Ambassador Program are closed. We will open registrations in April, 2022.
Think Global, Act Local!
Program at a glance…
Why become a WLF Ambassador?
Who can apply?
How to apply?
Registrations for the 2021 Ambassador Program have closed. However, this is a yearly program and there will be an opportunity to apply in 2022. Follow our social media channels or subscribe to our newsletter below to stay updated on when applications open next year.
Please read our Terms and Conditions carefully before you apply.
To apply, you need to submit a 30-second video or a short message introducing yourself and telling us why you want to become a WLF Ambassador.
2021 Key Dates
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m interested in the WLF Ambassador Program, how can I apply?
Registrations for the 2021 program have closed. However, this is a yearly program and there will be an opportunity to apply in 2022. Follow our social media channels or subscribe to our newsletter below to stay updated on when applications open next year.
To apply, you need to make a 30-second video or write a short message (max. 50 words) introducing yourself and telling us why you want to become a WLF Ambassador.
We evaluate each person based on the following criteria:
▶︎ Be 16-year-old or older Have a deep passion for literacy, human rights, and social causes
▶︎ Be a native English speaker or having an advanced level in English
▶︎ Have access to a computer and internet connection
▶︎ Have the availability to contribute 30 hours of service across the 5 months to complete the program
▶︎ Leadership and public speaking skills are preferred but not essential
I’m under 16, can I apply?
If you are under 16, you cannot apply by yourself. You will need to have your parents or tutor involved in the registration process.
I submitted my video, what else do I need to do to complete my application?
If you have already submitted your video, that’s great! There’s no further action you need to take at this stage. If you are selected, you will receive an invitation to finalize your registration as a WLF Ambassador.
I missed the EOI deadline, can I apply after April 19, 2021?
If you did not submit your video (EOI) between March 22 to April 19, you have missed the opportunity to apply for this year’s program. However, this program runs yearly, so we encourage you to apply and participate in 2022. Follow us on our social media channels or subscribe to our newsletter below to stay updated on when applications open next year.
If selected, am I going to get paid for my role as WLF Ambassador?
No, the WLF Ambassador is a volunteer role NOT a paid position in the organization. This is NOT a job opportunity. The program is an opportunity to access a platform to develop your leadership skills, and cooperate with other literacy advocates around the globe to help eradicate illiteracy.
TRAINING AND MENTORING
Do I have a personal trainer during the program?
No, due to a large number of participants, all learning materials are provided through our e-learning site. The modules are designed so that ambassadors can self-study at their own pace. The program coordinator can only assist you in answering very specific questions that are not included in the e-learning platform content.
Do I have to travel to any of the locations where the World Literacy Foundation works? Do I need to attend any on-site events?
The 5-month program will be delivered ONLINE. You are not required to travel or attend any on-site events. You will need access to a computer/smartphone, and a good internet connection.
What is the program structure?
The program consists of five self-paced training modules delivered through our e-learning platform. We allow two weeks for each module. Throughout the program, Ambassadors are required to work on fundraising or advocacy projects in their own community. By the end of the course, you are required to complete a final report to assess your progress.
Is it mandatory to organize an event or activity?
Yes, to complete the ambassador program, you are required to organize a fundraising OR an advocacy activity within your community. This means that the fundraising component is NOT mandatory, and you may still complete your report using the information from your advocacy activity.
Can you provide me with a computer and/or internet?
No, unfortunately, we are not in the position to provide ambassadors with these resources.
Is it mandatory to raise funds for the World Literacy Foundation?
No, ambassadors can choose whether to focus on fundraising or an advocacy project. There is no requirement to raise a certain amount of money. Many of our past ambassadors have chosen to focus on raising awareness and advocating for literacy instead. We are grateful for all results, big and small!
Where does the fundraising money from the Ambassador Program go?
All funds raised during the Ambassador Program 2021 will go towards one of our literacy projects. Participants can vote to select the nominated fund, the options include Africa, Australia, Colombia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Can the World Literacy Foundation sponsor my own project or initiative?
No, the Ambassador Program is designed to inspire individuals to take action to reduce illiteracy rates worldwide. We do not sponsor or give grants to other programs, as we work with limited resources, and all of them are invested in our current projects.
Will I get a certificate from the World Literacy Foundation?
To receive the certificate of completion, ambassadors need to finish the whole program and organize a fundraising activity to support one of our literacy projects. Participants that conduct an advocacy activity will receive an ambassador badge at the end of the program.