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Job Opportunities

RPCV Outreach Volunteer

Hesperian Health Guides, publisher of the classic manual Where There Is No Doctor and other health education materials, is looking for a volunteer who was formerly with the Peace Corps to help strengthen our ties to the RPCV community. Some responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting in managing Hesperian’s “Friends of Where There Is No Doctor” Facebook page
  • Researching opportunities to connect further with the Peace Corps and RPCV communities and other international development networks
  • If interested, assist in developing a Hesperian Young Professionals group
  • Develop ideas for events and promote organizational events
  • Represent Hesperian at external community events, including but not limited to RPCV events
  • Interview and record experiences from other RPCVs about their service and their use of Hesperian materials

We are looking for someone who can work from our Berkeley office or remotely 1-2 days per week, for 2-5 hours each day. Schedule is flexible, but we prefer a commitment of at least 4 months. Please email if interested.


Google AdWords Volunteer

Hesperian Health Guides, non-profit publisher of Where There Is No Doctor and other grassroots health materials, is seeking a volunteer to work with staff on increasing our reach using Google AdWords. With resources in over 80 languages on topics ranging from disability health to workers’ safety, we hope to expand our scope to reach even more of the people who need our clear health resources. 

Primary responsibilities

  • Audit our existing AdWords structures
  • Expand our AdWords using new keywords compatible with both our printed materials and online resources
  • Document our impact
  • Expand and improve our scope and reach


  • Strong interest in global health
  • Attention to detail
  • Interest or experience in quantitative research
  • Experience with Google AdWords
  • This is an unpaid, volunteer position. We are asking for an initial commitment of 5-10 hours/week for 3 months at our office in downtown Berkeley, with the option to extend for up to a year.

If you are interested in joining our team, please send a resume and short cover letter to with the subject line: Google AdWords Volunteer. Position will remain open until filled.

Bookpacking/Shipping Volunteer

We’re looking for one book packer to help us with shipping books, once a week, on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays (your choice). The shifts are flexible, starting at any time between 11am and 1pm, and working for about two hours. You must be able to stand for two hours, and lift boxes of books which can weigh up to 30 pounds. Attention to detail is of primary importance. We’ll train you in safe lifting, how to pack books, and how to use our shipping computer. We’re looking for people who can make a commitment of at least four months. If interested, please call Kiriyo Spooner at 510-845- 4507, or email her at

Hesperian Health Guides is a non-profit publisher of health books aimed at people with little or no access to medical care. Our books are primarily sold to relief agencies, medical missionaries, bookstores, and individuals both in the US and around the world. Our best-known title is Where There Is No Doctor. We’re located at 1919 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley. 

Foundations Development Volunteer

Hesperian Health Guides, non-profit publisher of Where There Is No Doctor and other grassroots health materials, is seeking a volunteer to assist with identifying new funding sources. Hesperian continues to expand our collection of books and resources so that our clear health resources cover more topics and are available in additional formats. To fund these efforts we are seeking new grants from foundations.

We are looking for a volunteer who can research potential funders, compile and organize funding research, and assist with writing letters of inquiry to reach out to these funders. The position will also include some data entry and other tasks as agreed on in advance. Our ideal volunteer is comfortable doing internet research and has an interest in global health. Previous experience in development or fundraising is a great asset also, but not required.

The position offers a chance to develop skills and knowledge related to public health, development, non-profit management, and global issues. Hours and specific tasks are flexible but we hope to find someone who would like to volunteer for more than a month.

If you are interested in joining our team, please send a resume and short cover letter to with the subject line: Foundations Development Volunteer. Position will remain open until filled.

Work Study Opportunities

Paid work-study opportunities are available. If you are a UC Berkeley student, please visit the work-study website for a listing of open positions. If you are a student at another institution and are interested in work-study opportunities, please email us at