Volunteers are an important part of NARUC’s International Programs
- Host foreign regulators to your commission through job shadows or meetings during study tours
- Peer review documents and provide recommendations through virtual working groups
- Travel with NARUC staff to the partner country for roughly one week (including travel to and from the U.S.)
- Serve as an expert as you lead discussions, provide recommendations, share lessons learned, and problem solve with foreign regulators
- Responsibilities include preparing PowerPoint presentations, working with NARUC staff to develop the activity agenda, and actively engaging in the activity
Benefits to NARUC members
- Activities are fully paid for donors – there are no net costs for commissions or staff
- Professional development/staff retention opportunity
- Whereas paid work comes with an expectation to please the client and deliver what is requested, NARUC’s peer-to-peer activities are genuine opportunities to share knowledge, exchange perspectives, and generate goodwill
- Opportunities to learn not only about other parts of the world, but about your own work, and the work and expertise of your peers
- Collaboration with fellow U.S. commissioners/staff offers new insights on common challenges
- Volunteers build networks of commissioners and staff working with NARUC’s International Programs
- Interactions with foreign regulators offer opportunity for out-of-the-box thinking and problem solving
- Exchange in open dialogue on regulatory issues, which contributes to forming and strengthening relationships
- Opportunity for U.S. and participating country regulators to discuss issues, ask questions, work through problems, and examine the pros and cons of different solutions, including ways to avoid the problems and learn from the mistakes that volunteer experts have experienced in the U.S. context
Bring your knowledge and time. We’ll do the rest.
For volunteers on activities, NARUC covers/reimburses for...
- Economy class air travel
- Western-style hotels in partner country
- Meals while on travel
- Ground transportation
- Vaccinations (if necessary)
- Medical/emergency insurance while on travel
NARUC’s experienced staff handles all logistics, including...
- Coordinating with you in advance of the activity
- Making all arrangements: flight, hotel, ground transportation, visas, etc.
- Travelling with you in partner countries and coordinating activity logistics every step of the way
How to get involved
Sign up for our email list
- Volunteer solicitations are sent regularly to our mailing list, along with news about how NARUC members are solving problems and making a difference
- Email Erin Hammel (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sarah Stiles (email@example.com) to sign up. Personal or work email addresses are acceptable
- The application is straightforward – relevant expertise, approach to the topic for foreign partners, any relevant overseas experience, etc.
- Please make sure you have commission/state approval before applying