Karvan is more than a mobile app.

karvan is a movement.

 

Karvan is using technology to improve the lives of society's most vulnerable & facilitate evermore connection among humans everywhere.

Home is not a place. Home is a feeling.

 

 
 

 

65 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to war, conflict & natural disaster. One of the greatest challenges facing society is how best to build harmonious and tolerant communities. With the rise of xenophobic nationalism and white supremacy perpetuating a fear of “outsiders” the potential for a united humanity is threatened. However, studies show that innumerable psychological benefits arise from the feeling of adding value to one’s community, as well as from nurturing meaningful connections with others. Integration into the economic, cultural and social spheres is the most effective way of rehabilitating refugees & marginalized communities. 

Work environments are one of the best places to meet people. However, as asylum seekers are prohibited from earning money in many countries, they are left with very few social arenas in which to make friends, leading them to feel disconnected, isolated, and demoralized. They are unique individuals with many skills and talents to offer. They want to resume normal lives, make connections, feel productive and valuable — and most of all, to feel a sense of belonging in their new communities. Currently, this talent is being wasted in the bureaucratic backwaters of organizations which can't process papers fast enough to match the rate at which people are arriving. These individuals are forced into poverty, despite having monetizable skills and talents.

Karvan is currently accepting applications for those who would like to be part of our network. We are looking for a diverse, interesting and engaged community of users from all walks of life. Users can contribute any number of skills, from cooking lessons to Arabic or English lessons. The more diverse the better.

You can contribute to our campaign to help make the dream of a #UnitedHumanity a reality here.

 

We believe the world is a better place when human rights don’t stop at a border.

The world is a better place when every individual is treated with respect, dignity and value.

 

Karvan App quick pitch

 

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Soraya Beheshti

Soraya Beheshti
Founder, CEO

 

Soraya is a BA/MA student at Columbia University, doublemajoring in Film and Middle Eastern studies and specializing in postcolonial marginalization, displacement and migration. She advocates passionately about veganism,  eco-travel, sustainable living and social justice on her website and blog. She also studies several languages, and enjoys making documentary films and music.

After having spent time studying, researching, visiting camps, volunteering and living with refugees in Jordan and Europe (including “The Jungle”, northern France’s notorious unofficial refugee camp), Soraya sought an interdisciplinary approach to the crisis, spanning the humanitarian, political and academic realms. She wanted to develop an innovative tech solution that had significant scalability and addressed the specific and varying needs of refugee populations in different stages of their journeys that she had learned through her research. She wanted to create a global movement that was both empowering and sustainable. The points system was born. 

 


 

Branding & Graphic Design
Nicole Hitchins

Back-End Mobile Developer
Gilad Penn

 

Marketing Manager
Laila Touran

Media/PR
Jessica Varalla

 


BOARD OF ADVISORS

 

 

 

Open Positions


iOS & Android Developers

We are recruiting mobile developers who are looking to be involved in a growing social venture that is using innovative technology to improve the lives of society's most vulnerable. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Familiarity with UX/UI principles of design

  • Familiarity with 3rd party frameworks and integrating them with data and analytics

  • Familiarity with RESTful APIs

  • Experience with GraphQL Api, setting up push notifications, design software such as sketch, photoshop and other creative cloud tools
     

Flexible hours; Work can be done from the comfort of your home; timing can be arranged according to students’ schedule

How to apply: Send resumes and a brief paragraph outlining:
1. Your prior work or experience (if any) with refugee communities or humanitarian efforts.
2. Why you want to work with us
3. Examples or screenshots of apps you have developed

Contact email: kareem.h.abukhadra@columbia.edu


Tribe-member

Our tribe are volunteers who go out into the world to spread the word about our exciting news, the wonderful work we are doing and the impact we have on the community. We are very selective about who we choose to have on our team and will analyze each application thoroughly.

Tribe members will engage in social media challenges, fun fundraisers and other forms of activism. Selected applicants will receive a starter-pack with more information, useful tips & special insider goodies.

 

Qualifications

  • Experience in non-profits preferred, but not mandatory
  • Passionate about ameliorating the plight of refugees

Flexible hours; Work can be done from the comfort of your home; timing can be arranged according to individual's schedule

How to apply: Send resumes and a brief paragraph outlining:
1. Your prior work or experience (if any) with refugee communities or humanitarian efforts.
2. Why you want to work with us


Outreach Coordinator Intern

We are looking for people who are passionate about marketing innovative ideas to local communities.

Tasks include: 
1. Marketing the Karvan app to refugee communities, students, and other local communities.
2. Organizing meetings with NGO’s to discuss how the app could add value to their existing projects, thereby increasing the efficiency of their work and providing new avenues for growth and innovation inside and outside the organization.
 3. Working with the media; designing and distributing press releases, organizing interviews and other press-generating activities. 

Specific days/ hours of the activity: Flexible hours; work can be done from the comfort of your home; timing can be arranged according to interns’ schedule

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • No specific major
  • Familiarity with general principles of design (e.g. for press releases and proposals) is beneficial, but not necessary as all interns will be briefed upon receiving tasks
  • Looking for at least one of each native Arab, English and French speakers. German also.

How to apply: Send resumes and a brief paragraph outlining:
1. Your prior work or experience (if any) with refugee communities or humanitarian efforts.
2. Prior experience in media, press, or marketing (if any).
3. Why you want to work with us? 

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Social Media Intern

We would like someone to manage and grow our social media accounts. The employee will become part of a global social movement, and will receive priority consideration for full-time and part-time paid positions in the future. 

Specific days/ hours of the activity: Flexible hours; work can be done from the comfort of your home; timing can be arranged according to interns’ schedule

 

Qualifications

  • Experience in social media
  • Second language preferred -- especially Arabic, Farsi, Pashto or European language
  • Track record for growing accounts and viewership

How to apply: Send resumes and a brief paragraph outlining:
1. Your prior work or experience (if any) with refugee communities or humanitarian efforts.
2. Prior experience in media, press, or marketing (if any).
3. Why you want to work with us? 


Data Analyst

The Data Analyst position is a multidisciplinary, multi-functional role that incorporates research, growth, data trends, operations, and marketing to drive data-driven decisions at Karvan. The intern must create reports or summaries of the weeks’ news in one of three fields:

  1. Conflict, refugees, and refugee policy
  2. Business and entrepreneurship
  3. International relations and politics
     

The ideal candidate is both passionate about Karvan’s mission and business-savvy. They are able to create reports that are equally aesthetic and informative; elegant and enriching.  If you're bright, analytical, creative, and forward thinking, please email us stating your interest and which of the three tracks you would like to apply for.

 

Working hours: Flexible hours; work can be done from the comfort of your home; timing can be arranged according to interns’ schedule

How to apply: Send resumes and a brief paragraph outlining:
1. Your prior work or experience (if any) with refugee communities or humanitarian efforts.
2. Prior experience in media, press, or marketing (if any).
3. Why you want to work with us? 

 


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