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WLF Ambassadors

The World Literacy Foundation is looking for passionate and determined individuals to:

Be a voice in their community to advocate for literacy

 

Ambassadors will speak at their school, university, media or community group to raise awareness.

Support the education of vulnerable children around the world

 

Ambassador will raise funds to support one of the literacy programs of the World Literacy Foundation.

Develop their leadership and advocacy skills

 

Ambassador will receive online training to learn how to get others involved in their cause and make a greater impact to help eradicate illiteracy in the world.

 

Please read our Terms and Conditions.

Think Global, Act Local!

 

Meet Yasmin, Arman & Kelly; our former WLF Ambassadors from Canada. After participating in our WLF Ambassador Program in 2020, these young leaders felt motivated to start their own initiative called ‘Lives for Literacy’.

Why become a WLF Ambassador?

  • Take on a volunteer role within a global organization to advocate for literacy
  • Gain leadership, advocacy, communication, fundraising, and PR skills
  • Make a positive impact on the education of vulnerable children
  • Join a network of individuals that are motivated to eradicate illiteracy
  • Have your voice heard through WLF website, social media and mainstream media

Program at a glance…  

  • Location: Worldwide
  • Start date: May 31, 2021
  • End Date: November 5, 2021
  • Training method: Online
  • Certificate of completion upon closure of the program for participants that fundraise for the World Literacy Foundation

 

Who can apply?

 

We are looking for young people that meet 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 preferred but not essential

 

Key Dates

 

March 22 – April 19: Expressions of Interest (EOI) submission

April 19 – 23: EOI evaluation

› May 10 – 23: Profiles assessment

› May 24: Letter of acceptance

› May 31: Level 1: Introduction to WLF and the Ambassador Program

› June 14: Level 2: Education and Literacy in the world

› June 28: Level 3: Leadership Skills

› July 12: Level 4: Advocacy

› July 26: Level 5: Fundraising Strategies

› August 9 – October 11: Fundraising and advocacy activities

› September 8: International Literacy Day Celebration

› October 18: Final report submission

› November 5: Program closure

 

 

How to apply?

 

You need to make a 30-second video introducing yourself and telling us why you want to become a WLF Ambassador. The link to submit your video will be available from March 22 to April 19, 2021. You will receive the outcome of your application by April 26, 2021.

FAQ’s

I’m interested in the WLF Ambassador Program, how can I apply?

You need to make a 30-second video introducing yourself and telling us why you want to become a WLF Ambassador. The link to submit your video will be available from March 22 to April 19, 2021. You will receive the outcome of your application by April 26, 2021.

 

How are ambassadors selected?

Interested people can submit a 30-second video telling why they want to become a WLF Ambassador. We evaluate that each person meets the 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 preferred but not essential

 

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 that stage. If you are selected you will receive an invitation to finalize your registration as WLF Ambassador. 

 

I’m under 16, can I apply?

If you are under 16, you cannot apply by yourself. You need to have your parents or tutor involved in the registration process. 

 

I missed the EOI deadline, can I apply after April 19, 2021?

If you did not submit your video (EOI) between Mach 22 to April 19, you missed the opportunity to receive the invitation to apply for the program. However, this is a program that we run every year, so you are encouraged to participate in 2022. 

 

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.  

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 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 project 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. It means the fundraising component is NOT mandatory, you can complete your report with the information about 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 the fundraising money from the Ambassador Program goes?

 

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. For further information about our projects and work, click here.

 

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. However, we do not sponsor or give grants to other programs, 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 only an ambassador badge by the end of the program.

Became a WLF Ambassador