Be a Kiva Fellow!!

Have you ever wondered who is out there in the field, taking Kiva videos like this:

In many cases, it's a Kiva Fellow.

Kiva Fellows are a crucial part of making Kiva work, working with Kiva's Field Partners on the ground, and meeting with Kiva Entrepreneurs.

We are now accepting applications for the next group of Kiva Fellows, to head into the field in October 2009.

The Kiva Fellowship is ideal for someone who:

  • Is interested in a career in microfinance or international development
  • Would like to get more involved by volunteering for Kiva
  • Would love to experience living in another country and giving back at the same time
Currently, we're particularly looking for:
  • people who can speak Tagalog, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesian, or Swahili
  • people with a background in technology who can assist our Field Partners by building them tools using Kiva's API
  • people with travel experience in developing countries who want a meaningful reason to stay put for 3 or 4 months
  • people who are excited to go to some of Kiva's more challenging locations like Ramallah in the West Bank, Nigeria, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, Liberia, South Sudan and Burundi
A Kiva Fellowship is a life-changing experience for you and for the entrepreneurs that you'll meet, and your host Field Partner enormously benefits from your generous donation of time and energy.

The next class will be training at the Kiva HQ office in San Francisco September 21 - 25, and departing for our Field Partners in early October. This is a highly competitive program, so don't leave your application to the last minute - we want to hear from you!

Learn more about the Kiva Fellows program here, and submit your application here.

And for the ultimate insight into what it's like being a Kiva Fellow, take a look at Kieran Ball's video "A Fistful of Dollars", which he shot during his fellowship with AMK in Cambodia.


About the author

JD Bergeron

JD is responsible for ensuring that Kiva maintains and grows its core commitment to the disadvantaged beneficiary of its internet platform. He leads the development and execution of Kiva's social performance strategy, which entails measuring, providing judgment on and communicating the social performance of Kiva's operations including its MFI Field Partners and new product initiatives. After growing the Kiva Fellows Program into a critical contributor to Kiva's success and one of the largest and most sought after networks of microfinance volunteers in the world, he gladly accepted the challenge of developing the social performance practice at Kiva. JD brings over fourteen years of leadership and program development experience both in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to Kiva, he built robust systems to achieve $3M as Director of Resource Development at ACCION International, served with the U.S. Peace Corps in a poor, rural region of Bulgaria, and held senior roles at a variety of early stage companies during periods of rapid growth. JD holds a BA in Russian Language and Comparative Literature from Washington University in Saint Louis.