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Statistics Without Borders Volunteers

Our volunteers are the backbone of SWB. Without their generous commitment of time and knowledge, we would not be able to provide statistical expertise and help to our clients who need assistance.

Volunteer testimonials 

"As [the United States] initially responded to one of the most dramatic economic shocks in its history – the disruption precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic – I, like others, wanted to help my fellow citizens and make some small contribution to restoring some stability. While I expected that contribution to be small, I was - hopeful that there was a way to scale it to have a broader impact"

- Stephen Godfrey


"The client had a pet adoptive agency and in the project they wanted to know factors affecting the pet adoption with objective of increasing pet's adoptions."

- Raymond Ilanda Majengo

As of November 2020, we have over 1,600 volunteers!

There are many different roles our volunteers play:

  • Our New Client Acquisition volunteers recruits new SWB clients.
  • Project & Client Managers are the permanent project leads assigned to specific clients.
  • Statistical Consultants provide expertise and peer review as statistical subject-matter experts.
  • Delivery & Quality Assurance volunteers ensure the project execution follows the design and plan set out by the client and volunteers.
  • Marketing & Communications volunteers maintain this website, our social media presence, our internal collateral, and our external communications.
  • Our Operations volunteers manages our technical platforms including Slack, Gmail, Wild Apricot, and Microsoft tools.
  • Our General volunteers are responsible for actually completing projects and are assigned to projects that align with their skills, experience, and interest.

Who is an SWB volunteer? Can I be one?

The short answer is... yes! We welcome people for a variety of different roles. While the vast majority of people in Statistics Without Borders do have statistics training, you don't need to have been a statistics major to help advance our mission.

Among our volunteers, you'll find:

  • statisticians
  • data scientists
  • data analysts
  • software engineers
  • epidemiologists
  • economists
  • teachers
  • medical doctors
  • students
  • retirees

and plenty more!

You might also be surprised to learn that only a quarter of volunteers have doctorates (or the equivalent degree) and that most of our volunteers have less than five years of experience!

It is not a requirement to be American or to be a member of the American Statistical Association.

    How can I volunteer?

    • To volunteer with SWB, please start by completing our volunteer application. It should take about 10 or 15 minutes. We try to collect as much information as we can on your statistics background and experiences!
    • Your privacy is important to us. SWB never releases any identifying information about our volunteers and only provides summary statistics (number of volunteers, country or continent, years of experience, etc.). 
    • One you submit your information, a volunteer account with Wild Apricot is created. You can update your information there at any time.

    How do I get involved with a project?

    These call contains a description of the project or task, how long it is expected to last, and if any expertise or background is needed. To volunteer for a project, simply respond to the call for volunteers. When a project or task is staffed, a second email announcing that the call is closed is sent to all SWB volunteers.
    • When a new project is starting or when there we need volunteers for one of our "permanent" volunteer teams, we will send out a "call for volunteers" via email.
    • These call contains a description of the project or task, how long it is expected to last, and if any expertise or background is needed. To volunteer for a project, simply respond to the call for volunteers!
    • You must be a legal adult in your country in order to volunteer with a project. In the United States, this is 18 years old.

    If you have any additional questions about volunteering, send us an email!

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