FFI | Alumni Movement
Current Alumni Opportunities
April Credit-Bearing Alumni Leader
April 21st - April 30th
This Alumni Leader opportunity follows the same structure as traditional Immersion programs consisting of a virtual Team Building Phase, an in-person Skill Building Phase in Durham NH (4/22-4/29), and a virtual Community Building Phase. Credit Bearing Programs serve NH-based high school students and grant them credits towards their high school diploma while blending in core FFI workshops and experiences. The April program's curriculum will focus on writing and the arts.
All Alumni 18+ years old are encouraged to apply!
Summer Immersion Program Alumni Leaders
Travel dates span across July and August
FFI is in need of alumni leaders for our upcoming summer Immersion Program cycle! Alumni leaders live with the team, lead workshops, engage with community members, develop curriculum, and more! There are possibilities to be leading teams of US youth, Ireland & Northern Ireland youth, or youth from across the globe. We are seeking leaders for all three phases of the program. The application will allow you to clarify which phase(s) you can commit to as well as the date ranges you'd be able to travel. The more availible time you have to spend volunteering in the U.S., the better!
Applicants must be 18 year or older.
Applications are due on Friday, April 7th.
Expansion Program: US Alumni travel to Northern Ireland
Program dates August 11th-19th OR November 18th-25th
For the first time ever, FFI is offering the opportunity for alumni to participate in an additional Immersion Program. This pilot program will allow alumni to dive deeper into concepts introduced during their first-year program, continue to build upon leardership skills, and help FFI advance our approaches in alumni engagement. All US-based alumni are encouraged to apply. There is no age requirement for this opportunity.
There will only be ONE session of this program. Both travel dates listed above are surveyed for availability and decisions will be made based on the applicant pool's response.
Applications are due on Friday, April 28th
The FFI journey doesn't end with the first program
Our alumni are our strongest asset. Alumni engagement has been a core component of FFI’s success over the last several years. In 2012, we brought back our first alumni to the United States to assist with programs. As of today, we will have brought back over 50 alumni as program counselors and interns, with more coming every year.
Unlike other organizations that work with youth, we keep our door open for any young people who have ever participated. We offer varied engagement levels, from subscribing to our email list to the highly rigorous senior training program.
If you are interested in connecting with them, please contact our Special Projects Manager, Amelia Burke, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alumni Trainers are an important part of the Friends Forever International programs. They primarily help with the Team Building Seminars that take place in the participants' home countries. Their work centers on leading workshops, activities, guiding 1st-year participants, and working with other alumni during seminars. Alumni Trainers are uniquely qualified to help 1st-year participants navigate the introductory parts of the FFI Program.
Being an Alumni Leader is the most challenging opportunity that FFI offers for Alumni. In this role, Alumni travel to FFI HQ to help lead first-year programs, community engagement, curriculum development, and more. This role requires leading the team from the time they wake up in the morning through their debrief at night. Alumni Leaders are responsible for getting the team to their activities in a timely manner, encouraging full engagement, modeling appropriate behavior, and supporting them throughout. Alumni Leaders are essential to a successful first-year program! This is NOT easy, but it is extremely rewarding.
Friends Forever International has created several Fellowships to help our alumni continue to grow their impact and create change in their communities. Fellowships can take many forms, including named fellowships, which are more rigidly defined, and alumni-driven fellowships, which are more independently designed. Alumni Fellows typically travel to FFI HQ to help lead first-year programs, community engagement, curriculum development, and more. Having alumni as leaders throughout the program shows the participants how involvement can continue long after their FFI year has ended.
Alumni Ambassador positions are a way for alumni to engage in the international community. Alumni Ambassadors are exceptional alumni who devote their own time to raising awareness about FFI and our mission. They work with other alumni and partner organizations to increase engagement at all points of the program.
One of FFI's foremost goals is for the lessons of the program to last for a lifetime. Past participants have created a variety of community service projects following their experiences in the United States. We strongly support and encourage the development of self-directed alumni peace-building initiatives.
Alumni Advanced Training Program
This high-level leadership program for our most engaged and advanced alumni is focused on social justice and includes a trip to our Gulf Coast region. Alumni travel to New Orleans to meet with community members, practice facilitating workshops, and work with their teammates to develop the Global Alumni Movement.