The International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF) has launched a French-language volunteer program. OIF notes that the pilot project designed to encourage south–south mobility will enable volunteers aged 21 to 35 to hone their skills while contributing to development initiatives.
French-language program volunteers have three areas to choose from:
The first call for applications to select 21 volunteers runs from October 24 to November 23, 2007. Young nationals from OIF-member countries who meet the eligibility criteria and are committed to the values of the French-language volunteer program are invited to apply according to the terms and conditions outlined by OIF. They can offer to put their skills to use for 12 months on projects for OIF, AUF (University Agency of the Francophonie), AIMF (Association internationale des Maires francophones), and partners of the Francophonie in nine different countries.
The French-language volunteer program is an OIF project for 2007–2009 suggested by the OIF secretary general and adopted by the 11th summit of francophone heads of state and government held in Bucharest in 2006. One of the OIF’s youth cooperation measures, it is jointly led by AUF and AIMF with plans to involve TV5, Université Senghor, and other partners from French-speaking countries.