Become an Ambassador

The application period for the 2015 Ambassadors program has officially closed. If you are interested in the program and did not get a chance to apply this year, we encourage you to check back with us next year in order to be considered for acceptance into the 2016 cohort.


Experience the power of financial inclusion firsthand

Accion’s Ambassadors Program is a volunteer program that sends dedicated individuals to host institutions to experience the impact that microfinance, impact investing and financial education can have on the lives of the working poor. The program is individually funded and offers volunteers unique and customized exposure to the work of Accion’s partner institutions in the field.

How the Program Works

  • Ambassador placements are made to fit the unique skills and interests of qualified candidates, as well as the needs of our partners.

  • Ambassadors attend an intensive training session at Accion’s headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts that covers essentials as to what to expect in the field, an introduction to microfinance and Accion’s work, and how to document field experiences through blogs and photographs.

  • Ambassadors travel to an Accion partner institution for a minimum of eight weeks. (Longer placements are also available).

  • Once in the field, Ambassadors work independently or as part of a team. There is no “typical” Ambassadors assignment.

Benefits to Ambassadors

  • Customized training and networking opportunity with microfinance pioneer Accion.

  • Valuable work experience in the financial inclusion space at leading MFIs, fin-tech start-ups, and Accion programs in the field.

  • Future networking opportunities through the Ambassadors alumni network


View our FAQs page, or e-mail with questions, or to request more information about the program.


Accion Ambassadors Blog  
The Importance of Getting to the Field “If you want to be involved in microfinance, get to the field, ” was the advice that Accion CEO Michael Schlein gave to our group of Ambassadors during training in Boston last month.   Here I’ve realized the importance of getting to … Continue reading Friday, June 27, 2014 8:01:03 AM
Meet Esther from Agbogbloshie Located in Agbogbloshie suburb of Accra, the Agbogbloshie market is as lively and busy a market as the ones that I am most familiar with, like that of Adjame in Abidjan or the HLM in Dakar. The vendors are calling you from … Continue reading Thursday, June 26, 2014 8:42:01 AM
Make Your Dream Come True “Nadira El Khang came to the United States five years ago not knowing any English from a male-dominated society. Now, she speaks English, has a college degree and owns her own business. If that’s not the American Dream, I don’t … Continue reading Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:17:39 AM