Can anyone here talk about how they approached/highlighted their volunteer abroad experiences in their b-school application?
Let me preface my answer by saying I never volunteered abroad. However, I volunteer a lot on the local level. I am pretty sure that highlighting these experiences is no different whether you did them in your hometown or halfway across the world.
1) Create an "Activities & Interests" section on your resume and list them there. If you spent significant time abroad on one volunteer project or the Peace Corps then include the experience and details of what you accomplished either in the Relevant or Other Experience section of your resume
2) All applications have a section where they ask you to list and briefly summarize your extra curricular/volunteer experiences. List the organization, position held, and do a short recap of your overall role (i.e. coach local business owners entering microfinance, or something like that).
3) Use a story from your international volunteer experience to answer an essay question. In each of my applications I drew upon my volunteer experiences to answer at least one essay question. These experiences lend themselves well to essays about leading teams, being innovative, overcoming resistant parties, and navigating personal challenges.
4) You can have your recommenders speak to you international experiences in the recommendations or even get a recommendation from someone you worked with during one of these experiences. If you were in the Peace Corps it is perfectly acceptable for one of your professional recs to come from a PC supervisor.
You can use any or all of these areas of the application to make your international experience part of your overall story.
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