Read our information sheet or FAQs to learn more about the program.

Information Sheet

FAQs

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

Questions?

E-mail ambassadors@accion.org with questions or to request more information about the program.

 

 


 

 
Accion Ambassadors Blog
Traffic and Microfinance in Lagos, Nigeria
Last Sunday, I set foot for the first time in Lagos, Nigeria, accompanied by my two great supervisors, Francis (from Uganda) and Kwashie (from Ghana ). What a busy and lively city, was my first reaction after the 45 minute … Continue reading
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:13:37 AM

Getting settled in Paraguay
My wife, Karen, and I arrived in Asuncion on Sunday morning on an overnight flight from Miami. We were tired, but ready for a complete change of daily living. Our introduction to the city began with a cab ride to our hotel apartment … Continue reading
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:51:34 AM

Loan collections: Up-close and personal
Three weeks go by very quickly in a new place, and as I was lucky enough to arrive at Swadhaar during the monthly 6-day collection period, I was eager to dive right in! For years, I have discussed and even … Continue reading
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:43:31 AM