Aid workers help people in developing countries or conflict zones by providing support, food, resources and infrastructure to people in need. You may provide direct support – by helping hand out food and medical parcels – or you may work in a development role, working in the health or education sectors. It’s a varied role which may see you working as a volunteer or employed by a charity or non-governmental organization. (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Government employment opportunities are also available through organizations such as Global Affairs Canada and the United Nations.

As an International aid/development worker, you'll work with developing countries to set up long-term, sustainable solutions to problems. Working on development projects in fields such as education, sanitation, health and agriculture. You may also be involved with the development of urban and rural areas and small businesses. (Graduate Prospects)

This profile includes information about: International development project officer, International aid and development researcher, Women's program coordinator

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The educational requirements for International Development Work varies depending on the type of position.  Completion of a bachelor's degree is usually required.  A graduate degree or several years of experience may be an asset. Proficiency in foreign languages may also be an asset.

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