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The Humanitarian Side of English
Perhaps one of the most obvious options for graduates of English is going into developing countries to teach English as a foreign language. And you’d be right in thinking that there are plenty of opportunities to do this, especially if you have a TEFL certificate already.
However, you might also like to go into grant writing, helping NGOs whose cause you genuinely support. There is a lot of scope for using your skills all over the world. In fact, there are plenty of materials you could get started on!
Kimberley Baldwin Radford recently wrote a piece for writing-world.com, telling us that 38,000 potential humanitarian markets are out there waiting for your writing talents, and you don’t necessarily have to be in the same country to help out. So whether it’s a nonprofit in the education, agriculture, development, health or economy sector that you’re looking for, you can get involved. And doing that can really help you work towards earning a living from doing good. Many NGOs like CARE, Save the Children and Doctors Without Borders are secular and need proposals and reports; proofreading and editing services; public relations materials; assistance with IEC development. Learning how to write excellent grantmanship skills would be a great way to start your journey.
So let’s take a look at some opportunities you can find online right now (at the time of writing).
Careers in Nonprofits is searching for a grants writer. This staffing firm works with the nonprofit sector exclusively, and this part-time, temporary assignment position is based in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. The salary is $16-$18 per hour, and you’ll need to research local and national foundations and major corporations for potential funding opportunities, manage the grants calendar, create proposals, etc. You’ll also preferably need prior grant writing experience, a Bachelor’s Degree, donor database experience, etc. There are many positions like this available that could turn out to be potential freelance opportunities if you’re not in the region. Contact the job provider and ask!
The Gladstone Institutes is a famous center of excellence and nonprofit affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco that works in the area of health through research, education and outreach in the fields of neurological disease, cardiovascular disease, virology and immunology. The Institute is looking for an experience grant writer to help investigators in the preparation of grant applications and funding requests to diverse private foundations.
While an advanced degree in neuroscience would be an additional strength for this position, you would only actually need an established track record of critically contributing to the preparation and successful competition of grants of this kind, and “outstanding” verbal and written communication skills.
The American Cancer Society is currently advertising their need for a grant writer with a Bachelor’s Degree and 3-5 years’ experience developing major gifts from foundations/institutional funders who will work in New York.
The internet is literally covered in these types of positions, but you will often need experience to get them. A voluntary placement can help you produce evidence of the efficacy of your grant writing, and work at small organizations can help you build your experience, so don’t worry. A master’s degree will also provide you with that competitive edge and lead to the pay you deserve.
If you want to pursue grant writing specifically, you can either go and study for a post-graduate certificate at a university or other institution, or do an Master’s in Nonprofit Management or Nonprofit Administration, where you will learn to write grants, as well as run an entire organization!
The University of Oregon has a Master of Nonprofit Management program, where you can learn how to manage organizations in this blooming sector, and their unique funding and management structures; gathering funding, seeking government and foundation grants, membership revenues, gifts from major donors, broad-based support (small gifts), events and sponsorships, bequests, and other forms of funding. There’s a whole semester during the first year that’s dedicated to fundraising and grant proposal writing.
When it comes to certificates, Boston University has a Fundraising Management Graduate Certificate which allows you to obtain entry to a mid-level position in a development office of a well-established nonprofit organization. For more information, see www.bu.edu.
If you’re not in a position to study outside of your own home, don’t worry, there’s also online graduate certificate opportunities out there. The Mizzou Online Graduate Certificate in Grantsmanship is available at the University of Missouri. It’s an 8-week course, and costs international students $90 to apply. If you need help with your application to make sure that’s not money wasted, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Alternatively, there’s a Graduate Certificate in Grant Writing, Management and Program Evaluation at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA, designed to improve the quality of your grant writing and program evaluation when working within local governments, nonprofits, educational settings, and criminal justice and public service agencies.
If a solid M.A. is more what you’re looking for, what about Concordia University Chicago’s M.A. in Grant Writing, Management and Evaluation? It costs $12,900 at the time of writing. It’ll prepare you to locate, implement, manage, report, coordinate, research, submit and track grant applications and grant compliance. It’ll also allow you to conduct both internal and external program evaluation within organizations to a high level of competence. What better way to prepare yourself for a career in humanitarian work?
Other options include doing an M.A. in TESOL & Creative Writing, like the program offered at the University of Westminster, London, UK. This course provides students with a combination of theoretical academic study, practical application and skills development in teaching English. There’s also an interesting focus on using creative writing in the classroom. The tuition fees are 12,500 GBP for international students, and this 1-year, full-time or 2-year, part-time course could prepare you exceptionally well for a career teaching abroad or working for a related NGO in a high position.
Sometimes choosing a path can be really difficult. You might not be sure which direction would be best for you. Voluntary work abroad can help prepare you for the world of humanitarian work, and your Bachelor’s degree in English makes you a valuable addition to any team.
Studying a Master’s can only add to the quality of the contribution you provide in your humanitarian work. If the application process is something you’re nervous about, please don’t hesitate to hit us up! We’ll help give you the best chance of getting on the program of your dreams.
College Degrees in Languages
Although training requirements can vary, almost all interpreters and translators have a bachelor's degree. Even if you are already fluent in another language, a formal education enhances your cultural awareness, attention to detail and nuances in communications, understanding of contextual vocabulary and slang, and it builds superior listening and communication skills. A degree in a certain language will help you develop an understanding of the literature and culture of its speakers. If you can't take the time for a traditional college degree, you can take online college courses in many languages, which can lead to certificates or accredited degrees.
When choosing electives, you should try to get a good mix of both language courses and cultural study. Include courses in history, politics and even religion to help you understand the environment of the people who speak that language. Your language degree program also helps to hone research and memorization skills that you'll use for translations, not to mention giving you practice in working with reporting, deadlines, and communications.
So if you decide, for example, to become an acquisitions specialist in Italian Renaissance art, it's important to not only have Italian fluency to deal with the sellers or lenders of the art, but a cultural fluency as well, to perform research and translate any historical documents pertaining to the pieces you are considering. If you work in an inner-city medical clinic serving Spanish-speaking patients, you can converse with them about their specific concerns, but also read what is written in their native country or get a sense of how to approach the problem with cultural sensitivity.
Language classes designed for the workplace will teach you grammar, word usage, pronunciation and conversational style. Specialized college courses online can teach you the specifics you'll need to work in professional areas such as business, fire science, law, human resource management, and healthcare management.
I help as many people as I can who are applying to graduate school in English, Literature, Language, TESOL, etc., some free of charge, by drafting a model first paragraph on their behalf. I am limited in how many clients I am able to assist primarily by the fact that I have half custody of my baby boy Davy.
I especially enjoy drafting complete statements for people whose story excites me, applicants who I feel strongly are in a unique position to give something of importance to their respective professions. I only do my best, taking the time to reflect on your story as well, usually doing some internet research on your behalf.
It is also a special honor to work on behalf of those clients whose stated long term goals represent a significant contribution to the progressive enrichment of humanity, particularly with respect to the Developing World, where I live with my only child Davy, and the cause to which I dedicated my life.
Many of my clients Add Me as a Contact! on Skype. ID: DrRobertEdinger so that we can chat. Please note that I am not usually able to talk and I need your information in text form. David and I live on a mountaintop overlooking Cochabamba, Bolivia, the exact center of South America. From this vantage point, I assist applicants from all over the world.
I appreciate that you trust me to do a good job finishing your statement. I trust you as well to recommend me to your friends and colleagues if you are very pleased with your statement.