Application Process

Welcome potential WRD volunteer!

We are excited that you are interested in serving and partnering with the refugee community. 

To learn more about WRD's volunteer opportunities, click here. 


Special note about the application: Ignore the application's direction to submit a resume. Volunteers do not need to do this. Also note that the options for "areas of interest" encompasses volunteer opportunities at WR offices across the nation. Only select areas of interest that are offered by us here at WRD (as seen in our volunteer opportunities and on the first page of the application.)

Next Steps for Applicants After Submitting an Application:

WRD's volunteer coordinator reviews your application and contacts your references. 

In general, this takes about one week. If you do not hear from the volunteer coordinator, feel free to email him/her.

If your application and references are in good standing, you receive an email prompting you to complete necessary background checks, a liability form, and tracking your volunteer hours. 

This email includes instructions for doing so. Background checks are paid for by World Relief. 

If your background checks and references are in good standing, the volunteer coordinator will contact you about getting started with a volunteer opportunitiy. 

*You are required to attend a volunteer orientation before engaging in a volunteer opportunity.* 

You can attend attend a required volunteer orientation at any point in the application process - you could attend before starting the application process, in the middle of the process, or after you finish the process. Attending an orientation does not lock you in as a volunteer. You are welcome to attend as a way to help you learn if you wish to volunteer with WRD. However, attending a volunteer orientation is required before engaging in a WRD volunteer opportunity. 

Application FAQs: 

Does my child need to apply to volunteer with WRD?

If a child under the age of 16 is volunteering with a parent, he/she does not need to apply. Applicants who are 16 and 17 years old will need to complete an application separate from their parents, with the parents’ permission indicated if they are under the age of 18.

I volunteered with WRD in the past. Do I need to resubmit an application? 

Volunteer applications and background checks last for one year. References never expire. The Relase of Liability Form and an online system for tracking volunteer hours are new requirements, and all volunteers are to complete these, whether or not they filled out an application within the year. Ask the volunteer coordinator if you need to attend another orientation, as this varies.