How to apply
1. Download the application form
How to complete the application form
- Please complete all sections of the form
- Please state clearly which currently advertised voluntary role you are applying for and quote the reference if applicable*
- Examine carefully the relevant role description and give examples of how your skills, knowledge and experience match the requirement of the voluntary opportunity
- Consider experience you have gained outside work, eg through voluntary experience or personal interests, as well as experience at work
- Please note that we do not accept CVs.
* Note that unfortunately we are unable to accept speculative applications
2. Submitting your application
Make sure your have quoted the relevant reference for the voluntary position on the form and return it by fax or email to:
Human Resources Coordinator
Fax: +44 (0)20 7033 1708
Please ensure that your form arrives by 12 midday on the closing date.
If returning your application form by email, please put the title of the voluntary role in the subject line.
3. Shortlisting and interview
Applications received by the closing date will be given to the relevant volunteer supervisor. S/he will shortlist the applications following criteria outlined in the voluntary role description. Interviews will then be arranged between the relevant voluntary supervisor and the volunteers shortlisted. Candidates will be informed of the outcome as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications we are currently receiving we are unable to offer individual feedback to candidates who are not shortlisted. However, you may request feedback after attending an interview.
Your acceptance as a volunteer will be subject to the receipt of two satisfactory references.
Applicants from abroad
If you are applying from abroad, it may be impractical for you to come for an interview before the work commences. In this case, please give as much information as possible on your application form so that we are able to make an assessment based on your application form and references. Note that Amnesty is not able to help finance travel to the UK or find accommodation. So you will need to be able to support yourself while you are staying in the UK.
Minimum age to volunteer in the office
You will need to be at least 16 years old to volunteer in our offices.
Disclosure of criminal background
Criminal records will be taken into account for recruitment purposes only when the conviction is relevant. Unless the nature of the voluntary work demands it, you will not be asked to disclose convictions which are 'spent' under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Having an 'unspent' conviction will not necessarily bar you from volunteering. This will depend on the circumstances and background to your offence.
A few voluntary roles at Amnesty meet the requirements in respect of exempted questions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. These are mainly roles which involve contact with children. If the voluntary role you are applying for falls into this category this will be clearly stated on the role description. If you are selected for a role that involves access to children you will be subject to this procedure. All checks are carried out in the strictest confidence and only made in connection with your application for volunteering and for no other purpose.