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Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, and nationalities. All of our volunteers bring unique qualities to their time at COSA, and through their diversity they help teach our girls that there is a whole big world out there.

Who can volunteer at COSA? You can.

We welcome volunteers of all ages*,¬†from all walks of life. Volunteers come to us bearing different experiences, skills, goals, and perspectives–and that’s just the way we like it. From twenty-somethings on a gap year to retired men and women seeking to give back, we encourage and value diversity in our volunteer team.

Seeking enthusiasm and empathy.

The most important quality we look for in prospective volunteers is a genuine desire to bond with and inspire our girls and to effect positive social change. We seek volunteers who are flexible, self-motivated, positive people who want to contribute to a cause greater than themselves.
We have never defined a ‘typical volunteer’ and we don’t want to. All of our volunteers bring something different to their time at COSA, and help our girls expand their horizons.
As a volunteer, your most important role is that of mentor and role model to our girls. Regardless of your skill-set or background, we privilege empathy, kindness, and the ability to connect with and positively influence our girls above all else.

Consistency counts.

We do everything in our power to give our girls a stable and consistent home life. Because of this, we have a minimum six-week commitment** required of all volunteers who wish to come to COSA. We prioritize placements for volunteers who can stay for more than three months.
However, there is also tremendous value in short-term, project-based volunteer placements, which we run concurrently with our regular volunteering program. If you are interested in this type of volunteering, please click here to learn more.
*Applicants under the age of 18 are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and require parental consent.
**Applicants who are only available for under six weeks are considered on a case-by-case basis.