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Ethiopian Community Development Council

Safe Journeys Intern/Volunteer

Reports to: Victim Services Advocate

Location: Arlington, Virginia


The Safe Journeys Volunteer helps conduct research, assist with program activities, and conducts outreach to develop new relationships and increase local awareness of services.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct outreach to build new relationships with local service providers and support services.
  • Promotes the project and culturally, linguistically informed care in the community through physical visits, emails, and phone contacts.
  • Research information and referral procedures to local resources such as support groups, legal services, etc.
  • Provide any reminders and culturally sensitive education.
  • May provide transportation assistance.
  • Assists with maintenance of files and report preparations.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • College degree or perusing a degree in social work, or related field
  • Previous experience working in multicultural contexts is desirable
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Flexibility
  • Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects
  • Effective communication and writing skills
  • Proficiency in one or more language other than English is preferable
  • Having personal car or access to a car is a plus
  • Must successfully complete background check and training before beginning in role

Learning Outcomes:

  • Increased intercultural communication competency
  • Exposure to basic non-profit operations and environment
  • Knowledge of marginalized populations - challenges and opportunities
  • Ability to provide sensitive and confidential services
  • Experience working with limited English proficiency populations
  • Knowledge of N. Virginia support service networks
  • Ability to navigate of social service systems
  • Basic ability to keep case notes, client reporting, and client files to federal and state funder standards

Time Requirements:

Interns - At least 2 full days/week required. Volunteers - half day or more per week requested.

To Apply:

Please submit a (1) cover letter and (2) resume to

Applications are considered on a first come, first served rolling basis.

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About Ethiopian Community Development Council


8121 Georgia Avenue, Suite 800, Silver Spring, MD 20910, US

Mission Statement

ECDC's mission is to resettle refugees, promote cultural, educational, and socioeconomic development in the refugee and immigrant community in the United States, and conduct humanitarian and development programs in the Horn of Africa. To pursue this mission, ECDC: provides programs and services that assist newcomers to the country become productive members of their new American communities fosters greater understanding among newcomers and the wider community conducts outreach and education activities to increase public awareness about refugee and immigrant issues promotes African community-based organizations increase their capacity to serve their local communities promotes civic participation by newcomers in the decision-making process at the local, state, and national levels provides cross-cultural training to service providers' on the diverse cultural backgrounds of the clients they work with assists in educational development and cultural preservation projects in Ethiopia


ECDC is non-profit organization that works toward the resettlement of refugees within the United States. We conduct case work, as well as educational and social outreach programs for newly arrived refugee families. These programs are aimed to help the families recover from past traumatic experiences, get adjusted to American life, and become economically self-sufficient contributing members of their new communities. The refugees we work with refugees come from all across the globe.

Some of the services that we provide refugee families include:

  • Housing and rent for 3 months (families will hopefully be self-sufficient by this time)
  • Basic home furnishings
  • Enrollment in ESL classes
  • Setting up medical and social security appointments
  • School enrollment for the children
  • Helping refugee families connect with their new communities on a social and logistical level
Advocacy & Human Rights
Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


901 South Highland StreetArlington, VA 22204



  • Advocacy
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • People Skills
  • Social Work




  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • Interns - At least 2 full days/week required. Volunteers – half day or more per week requested.

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