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Being a UN Volunteer can be an immensely satisfying professional challenge. There are constant requirements for highly qualified women and men in roles from engineering and project management to vehicle maintenance - meet some of them below. To apply to be a UN Volunteer, click here.
UNV volunteer Astrede Karimi Mbaka provides mapping services which help the UN plan the complex logistics of a peacekeeping mission. (UNV)
Drawing the map in Sudan
07 August 2009
Khartoum, Sudan: UNV volunteer Astrede Karimi Mbaka provides mapping services which help the UN plan the complex logistics of a peacekeeping mission.

"I felt I needed to contribute my knowledge and skills for peace and development. I learnt about UNV, logged onto the website and found out what I had to do," she says. Read
Countries:  Kenya  Sudan
In Burundi, UNV volunteer Civil Engineer Lahatra Rakotondradalo is part of the team that helps repatriated refugees rebuild their lives. (UNV)
Rebuilding for recovery in Burundi
30 July 2009
Ruyigi, Burundi: The UN estimates that there are 9.2 million refugees and displaced people in the world today. Even if these people do make it back home, they still need somewhere to live.

In Burundi, UNV volunteer Civil Engineer Lahatra Rakotondradalo is part of the team that helps repatriated refugees rebuild their lives. Read
Countries:  Burundi  Madagascar
Other languages: en français  
UNV Supunya Yonpiam from Thailand is a Water and Sanitation Engineer for UNMIL in Liberia. Due to her white lab coat, her team nicknamed her 'Water Doctor'. (UNV)
Supunya Yonpiam, Thailand, Water and Sanitation Engineer, UNMIL
17 September 2008
Monrovia, Liberia: If you notice the white gown I wear for my own safety, it is also sponsored by Medical Centre (Star Base) in addition with a lot of lab consumables.  So my team nicknamed me 'Water Doctor'.  Now, I'm the only 'Water Doctor' at UNMIL, and I hope I'll have an opportunity to share and transfer my skills, knowledge and experiences to enlist more.  This is one of my expectations from volunteerism. Read
Countries:  Liberia  Thailand
Adama Sheriff from Sierra Leone is a UNV volunteer Vehicle Technician with the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad. (Harald Franzen/UNV)
The mission mechanic in Chad
18 August 2009
N'Djamena, Chad: As a technician, I always strive to be innovative, bringing new ideas and alternative approaches in resolving technical problems... Over the last nine months with MINURCAT, I have performed in various capacities, ranging from those of a purely technical nature to administrative tasks too. Read
Countries:  Chad  Sierra Leone
"When I arrived at the mission, everyone was stunned," says UNV volunteer Vehicle Mechanic Julme Charles Elza. "They wanted to see how I would get along. They doubted my capability as a woman to perform 'difficult' tasks in the workshop. One day all the colleagues were amazed when my supervisor told me to go and tow a vehicle from Bouaké, about 370km from Abidjan. I went ahead without a moment's hesitation and the job was done perfectly…  Sort of ironically, each time there's a mechanical problem that's a bit complex, men and women now ask me to help assess the situation and come up with an appropriate solution!" (UNV)
The women keeping ONUCI on the road
03 March 2009
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire: You might assume that the Transport Section at a United Nations peacekeeping mission would be an exclusively male domain. But UNV volunteers in Côte d'Ivoire are breaking gender barriers. Read
Other languages: en français  
As a UNV volunteer Building Project Manager, Febe Chang is responsible for ensuring that the peacekeeping mission is properly accommodated and has the infrastructure it needs to operate. (UNV)
“No prima donnas – this is peacekeeping”
24 July 2009
Wau, Sudan: As a UNV volunteer Building Project Manager, Febe Chang gets involved with every aspect of the peacekeeping mission’s engineering needs – but despite the tough conditions she is never too busy to share her 15 years of engineering experience with others. Read
Countries:  Philippines  Sudan
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