Be a Team Leader

Become a DWC team leader and volunteer abroad for free

Be a Team Leader

Become a team leader with Developing World Connections
Team leaders are essential on our volunteer trips overseas. While they themselves are volunteers, they are also experienced travelers and who are willing to take on more commitment and responsibility.

We choose leaders who are knowledgeable about travelling in developing countries because they must understand the conditions they are leading people through. Additionally, we choose leaders who can be called upon in an emergency (they are required to have first aid training) and who want to make sure their team has the best experience possible.

Watch the video below to find out why people volunteer to be leaders with Developing World Connections.

 What’s it like to be a DWC Team Leader?VIDEO: What’s it like to be a DWC Team Leader?

What does a team leader do?

  1. Recruitment and advocacy: Team leaders recruit some of the volunteers for their trips abroad. The fees paid by volunteers will cover the team leader’s cost, which means at least six people need to sign up to make this work.
  2. Organization and planning: Team leaders work with DWC staff to organize teams and plan trip logistics. This can start a year in advance because planning is a long process. Although, a lot of time isn’t required early on.
  3. Facilitation: Team leaders are responsible for ensuring volunteers’ safety in the country. As a result, we require all of our team leaders to have level one first aid training. Additionally, the team leader oversees a trip budget and acts as a liaison among the volunteers, the in-country partner, and the community.

What qualities does a team leader have?

  • An outgoing personality
  • A proactive approach to problem-solving
  • Trustworthiness
  • The ability to think analytically and logically
  • The ability to perform under stressful/uncertain conditions
  • A high emotional intelligence
  • The ability to remain calm, as well as optimistic
  • Strong organizational, communication, and leadership skills
  • Recruiting and team building skills
  • Enthusiasm for international development, global solidarity, and service
  • Ideally, previous DWC experience (not required but preference is given to past volunteers)

How to apply:

1Complete the team leader application form.

2 Write a letter of interest outlining why you want to be a team leader. This letter must include your:

  • Leadership skills, style, and experience
  • Time availability and future commitments
  • International experience as applicable to this position
  • How you would successfully build a team of volunteers
  • How this position would fit within your personal short- and long-term goals

3 Submit your completed application form, letter of interest and resume:

  •  1st Option: Email to [javascript protected email address]
  • 2nd Option: Fax to 250-851-9813
  • 3rd Option: Mail to:

    Developing World Connections
    RE: Team leader applications
    #220 – 141 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC, V2C 1Z5

We’ll contact you about your application. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the email above or by phone (toll-free in North America) at 1-866-458-8209.


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