August 4, 2005

Paid Volunteer Opportunities with Geekcorps

Ed Dodds writes "In bringing the World Wide Web to the whole wide world, Geekcorps http://www.geekcorps.org/ a volunteer-based international nonprofit development organization, is looking for volunteers to travel to Africa for several challenging IT programs that are changing the role of information and communication technologies in the developing world.

Volunteers willing to work with people and innovate with minimal technical equipment in a developing country are needed immediately (Summer-Fall
2005) and would stay in Africa about four months. More volunteers will be needed in Winter 2005-06 to continue the experience. Geekcorps can offer great benefits besides that warm & fuzzy feeling from doing good.
International airfare, expat-level lodging, decent living stipend, and dedicated in-country staff are provided. Daily challenges and rewards are guaranteed.

- Linux OS Developers

If you have decent French and at least 3-5 years of professional experience with advanced Linux, maybe even radio broadcasting and/or WiFi experience, you could be a Geekcorps volunteer in the Mali Connectivity Project http://mali.geekcorps.org/

Geekcorps is teaching Malian radio stations and community centers how to work with Linux-based systems, connect the systems by WiFi over several kilometers, and maintain both the systems and connections with great ingenuity and minimal expense.

- Small Business Consultants & Open Source Software Developers

If you have decent French and at least 3-5 years of professional experience in ICT consulting with either tourism or light industry with a small and medium sized business focus OR you are an experienced Open Source Software developer, you could be a Geekcorps volunteer with the Senegal Digital Freedom Initiative http://www.dfi.sn/

Geekcorps is paring with local business to teach them how to effectively use multiple ICT disciplines and Open Source Software to improve their internal processes, external communications, and access to financing and credit, building replicatable models to expand the impact nationwide.

- Communications Designers & Database Developers

If you have at least 3-5 years of professional experience with either user interface and relational database design experience, especially distributed implementation and administration OR rural communication installation, management, and integration experience, and maybe French and/or West Africa experience you could be a Geek volunteer with the Ghana Marketplace Portal Project http://www.mistowa.org/

Geekcorps is teaming up with other organizations to connect existing and new market information system databases into an open-source database that links the public to the database and producer & trader organizations to improve the flow and analysis of market and trade information throughout West Africa.

- Open Source Software Developers & Web Designers

If you have at least 3-5 years of professional experience in developing and designing websites with modern website back-end technologies OR you are an experienced Open Source Software developer, you could be a Geekcorps volunteer with our newest program.

Not even named yet, this new program will set up an ICT training center in Rwanda to develop Free and Open Source Software, including localized Linux, to improve the ICT sector and its ability to support other Rwandan industries.

Interested? Geekcorps http://www.geekcorps.org/"

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