Ideal for students, mid-career and
International Volunteering &
1: Microfinance &
Small Business Development
Work & Psychology
3: Nursing, Midwifery,
Medical, Public Health, OT, PT
4: Democracy Building, Human Rights,
5: Peace Making & Conflict Transformation
6: International Development
7: Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
8: Water & Sanitation,
10: The Empowerment of Women
11: Education & Tutoring
12: Kids & Youth
13: Disabilities & Deaf
Journalism, Media & Writing
15: Businesss Brains
Teach Organizations How to Make $
16: Tourism &
17: Learn French, Swahil or Arabic
Check how and where your skills are needed.
Please see MENA
page for more about Morocco.
MENA = Middle
East & North Africa
Almost every site in Africa has something for
beginner to seasoned professional.
Email answered Questionnaire &
together we can figure out the program that is best fit for you.
It is wise
to apply 4 - 6 months ahead of going because you will need to get a visa
& a series of immunizations.
A 2 hour Travel Consult is required for
people volunteering in our Africa programs.
Micro-finance & Small Business Development
Sub-Sahara Africa lives on less than $1/day; 75% of Africa lives on
less than $2/day.
In cities, people sell trinkets, pens or bananas to passers-by but
In the villages, farmers have land to grow food but they may not
Microfinance has morphed many ways as MFI's
(micro-finace institutions) struggle to find
what works for
women entrepreneurs and still leaves MFI solvent.
Rwanda: Thriving MFI welcomes many
skills: Finance, business, IT. Must be college grad.
Kenya MFI tackles the social ills that prevent
women from succeeding with their enterprise.
& Ghana emphasize saving $ before you can get micro-loan.
Great for students!
Morocco both a
grassroots & corporate MFIs. Both require French fluency.
Sierra Leone: our most challenging MF placement
but most welcoming.
Who is needed?
business owners who can mentor --Risk actuaries;
--Business & Finance majors
--Social workers who can help with disruptors
--Accountants & bookkeeprs who can teach women how to keep track of income & expenses
--Business savvy entrepreneurs who can
help make "somethin' outa nothin'"
and help people see
business opportunities all around them.
"It is refreshing to find international volunteer programs that are
not just voluntourism....but that tackle humanitarian challenges."
Social Work & Psychology
Tanzania: counseling &
advocacy work with AIDS, prostitutes, drug &
alcohol, & youth
ground-breaking work with sexually abused young
Uganda: help develop
counseling program for women, men & kids of domestic
Cameroon: help teach
positve (vs violent) interactions & set up crisis
Tanzania: work on
hospital Psych unit
Kenya: Drinking is rampant and
Sierra Leone: find
families for kids orphaned by Ebola epidemic of
Gulu: re-launch kids program for
kids born during Joseph Kony's LRA days
Who is needed?
social workers & psychologists - both students &
--Youth workers, child
protection, addiction, crisis, psychiatric &
--Marriage & family therapists; group
counselors & workshop trainers
--Program managers to help re-launch childrens'
program in northern Uganda
--Drug & alcohol
counselors to treat alcoholism and train staff
Health: Nursing, Midwifery, Medical, Dental, OT, & PT
There is 1 doctor/ 10,000 people in most countries
Hospital workers, barely or rarely paid, live by extorting money
from dying patients.
Tanzania: both students and
experienced professionals of Nursing, Midwifery,
Occupational Therapy, Physical
Therapy (Physiotherapy), Nutritionists,
to work in under-served &
overwhelmed hospital & Outpatient clinics.
midwives & nurses to help with 40 births/day.
Gulu, Uganda: teach family planning so less mouths to
feed...a ticket out of poverty.
Kenya & Rwanda
request Nutritionists to help prevent diabetes
& anthropolgists to identify beliefs about changing
Instructors & profesors of Nursing, Midwifery,
Anatomy & Physicology,
Pharmocology, Microbiology, & First Aid.
Cameroon: Work in hospital or
side-by-side with doctor in villages.
Need nurses, doctors, midwives, nutritionists,
social workers, dentists,
occupational therapy, physical therapy
(physiotherapists) and students of all these.
Who is needed?
--All of the
above in Emergency, Surgery, Maternity, Gynogology &
AIDS units & more!
--Nrusing, MIdwifery & Public
Health students...if you can rise to the challenges.
c. David Zimmerly
The Anguish of AIDS & malaria
--AIDS continues to ravage Africa as unfaithful
infect their wives, and then these widows infect
their brother -in-law who
"inherits" & becomes a sexual partner.
woman told me:
"It is a rare family that has not
been affected by AIDS.
Of my 7
siblings only one has not died of AIDS."
Africans count how many times they have had
malaria. Sometimes they are lucky and the medicine
cures them. Other times cerebral malaria takes them
out in a day.
Most people can not afford a
mosquito bed net for $5.
Democracy Building, Human Rights & Legal
Kenyans that were tortured or
jailed under Moi have spear-headed the push for a
constittution that devolves power from Nairobi &
President & puts local & citizen needs at
center stage. Kenyans are trained
abstractly in Political Sceince not Public
Kenya: work with brillaint gadfly
who aims to keep politicains honest.
Tanzania: work with fascinating legal aid
org that also is doing ground-breaking work on
challenging economic polcies that create poverty.
Morocco: work with esteemed
international human rights orgs that educate re
in one of the nations that did not
press for Arab Spring.
becoming a model for democracy. Work with
local government to teach civic
education; encourage women to participate
in politics; & advance girl child education.
Uganda: is very corrupt. Their
president, Museveni, has violated rights & term
limits to stay
in office. Work in
dynamic human rights organization & make a
Who is needed?
activists & organizers
--Public Administration & Political Science
--Political analysts & speakers
--Writers & people to interface with media
--Law students & attorneys to work in legal aid services to help
poor who can pay for lawyer
--Instructors or professors to teach Human Rights;
Gender & Law; Economis or Leadership
Peace Making, Reconciliation & Conflict
Kenya org was born after the Kenyan Election
Violence in 2007-8; Rwanda's after the genocide.
Their aim is to build, at the grassroots level,
citizen's skill in peace-making & conflict
thus creating a community
culture that disallows the birth of such violence.
Who is needed?
professionals with skills in Peace-Making, Conflict
Prevention & Resolution
--People with a
background in International Relations, Political
Science or Human Rights
--People that interested
in this field who may not have any training
--Rwanda reconciliation org aims to raise
organizational $ by converting their office into
so they would like an
architect, a landscape artchitect and e-Commerce for
Rwanda: A People-Centered Government
When someone says "Rwanda" what do yu
An increasing number of people
think, "What a miracle!"
For people thinking
of volunteering in Rwanda, you need to know
that Rwanda does not want people to come to do what
Rwandans can do for
2. that they have a very stringent
volunteer visa so that the govt
can steer Rwanda's direction rather than foreign
3. Thinking in terms of Hutu & Tutsi is
people think of
themselves as Rwandans.
4. Rwandans, I think, are
sick of people poking at the wounds of
the genocide and are much more interested in people
help with health
care, education, and new housing by the govt.
Rwanda is orderly without being oppressive.
It is the only place in Africa that cares
enough to require motorcycle taximen and their
passengers to wear helmets.
bustles with bicycles loaded with produce.
is zero tolerance for corruption...which is
This is why people ask to
volunteer in Rwanda:
they want to witness this
miracle; this major turn-around.
But this is also
why it is so hard to arrange a volunteer visa!
Entering International Development
These are designed to help with that
first step into international humanitarian work.
Talk to Ann if you are interested because you must
be qualified for these.
Monitoring & Evaluation
Family planning - having children by choice not by
Human Rights & Democracy Building
Water & Sanitation in refugee camps
Health with Congolese Refugees
In the making
Project management; M&E, grant writing
Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, & Rural Development
Cameroon & Ghana: teach organic,
sustainable farming & rain water harvesting.
Cameroon: Teach bee-keeping, animal husbandry
(goats, chickens, rabbits), cattle breeding
Cameroon: Teach how to diversify & generate agricultural income all year
Rwanda: as a nation, Rwandans
decided that Hutus & Tutsis must work together
on cooperatives to heal the wounds of the genocide.
Needed: people experienced in management of
teach what crops to grow to reduce high child
Who is needed?
--Agronomists, & agriculturalists. Farmers &
--Those that do organic farming
or animal husbandry avocationally or for a living
& Dieticians - both students & seasoned
& Sanitation, Appropriate Technology & Sustainable
Kenya: stellar water & sanitation
(WASH) or watsan)
org needs people that can train
Kenyans how to measure and detect water pathogens
Uganda: help set up water
systems & teach Ugandans how to maintain them
& Kenya: raise awareness of the importance
of clean water & sanitation.
chemical & mechanical engineers develop alternative fuels & also
Tanzania: help with
water & sanitation in refugee camps
--Students & seasoneed
engineers with expertise in sustainable energy
--Environmental engineers & sanitation engineers
for clean water
--Public Health students & professionals to
educate the importance of water & sanitation.
Environmental Preservation: Uganda & Ghana
Africa has has always been rich in resources. What is new
African orgs are standing up to those that wish
to have their resources ensure that their environments will not
and that the wealth from those resources will
not go to the elites but will enrich the African people.
Who is needed?
--Environmental activists with a head for stratagies, campaigns
--People with a background in Environmental
Law and policies.
--Or those interested in environmental
preservation and regulation.
Environment & Wildlife : Ethiopia
This premier wildlife conservation organization is working
to preserve Ethiopia's endangered species by protecting habitats
& supporting legislation to protect environmental resources.
They would like help with:
--Coordinate their Ecosystem Partnership Fund
--Build & maintain membership & help with Communications legislation to
protect environmental resources.
The Empowerment of Women
Uganda/Rwanda: Innovative approaches
include men to decrease Domestic Violence
Uganda & Morocco: Fiery feminists
wanted to change attitudes
i.e that women are just the property of their
Cameroon & Uganda:
Across Africa, women have been excluded from
"Why should I pay
your school fees if you are only going to become a
education & getting women to universities is still
radical & subversive.
Both the UN & World Bank believe that educating
females has a positive
ripple effect & helps uplift socierty.
of the biggest legal
issues for women is inheritance rights.
When her husband dies, the land is given to the
woman looses the land that feeds her and her
Help women learn &
demand their legal rights.
Jinja & Gulu,
Uganda: Family planning is #1 priority for
many African women.
Women's rights & teach women literacy who have been
--Men who are feminists i.e.
believe in equlity & empowerment of women
that can include men in the solution to DV & GBV
--Both women & men who challenge archaic
attitudes about women.
--Community organizers who can map community
strengths & empower families.
need fancy background to teach literacy....just lots
of patience & laughter
Education & Tutoring
Uganda1: From Hell to Healing, Uganda:
Joseph Kony & the Lord's Resistence Army
havoc as youth were abducted & forced to be child
soldiers & sex slaves.
Most of the kids at
this school grew up in the IDP (Internally Displaced
of the youth at this school lost their parents to
Who is needed?
--Tutors & teachers that can help these youth have a
by helping these youth
pass the national exam & get a university
--Tutors in Math, Biology, Chemistry,
Physics, English Literature & Grammar
You don't need to be a rocekt scientist; patience &
laughter matter more.
nurses who can do health check-ups
bring laptops & books & help with enrichment
Why Uganda especially needs help
with schools: The government siphons off money and
does not pay teachers so few
teachers show up to teach at government schools.
~"Teachers pretend to teach & the government
pretends to pay them."
Hell to: :
Tanzania: Science Enrichment; Tanzania
realizes how critical science & technology is; they want to
join the 21st century!
ignite an interest in science & technology among both youth
& teachers. You need not be a professional in sciences, but
majoring in it, or have a passion for a science or have it
as a major hobby. Who is needed:
--Anatomy & Physiology
--Immunology (esp AIDS)
--Lab & field research
--Limnology & fisheries
--and much more!!
Another Vocational School has trained 25,000 in
IT. They need computer geeks & wizards to train
Office machine maintenance
Internet & email
Kids, Kids, Kids & Youth:
Ghana, Kenya & Uganda
What is Africa going to look like in 10 or 20 years?
An entire generation is growing up without parents; with parents
lost to AIDS, civil war, drugs & alcohol, or abandoned because their
parents could not afford to feed them.
Abandoned kids are prey for prostitution rings, traffickers
Who is needed?
that love kids! from students to grandparents.
--Tutors, tutors and more tutors.
Carpenters, masons, computers,
blacksmiths, music & the arts
sewing, basketry, beadwork, soap
making, catering, animal husbandry
--Musicians & dancers;
audio & video production for new sound lab!
basketball, tennis, copoeira, swim coaches.
--Youth counselors, social workers, psychologists, counselors
family reunification, parenting, grief counseling, alcoholism
--Program Managers to help re-launch kids program in northern Uganda
--Story tellers & oral history for northern Uganda
--Nursing & Public Health students to teach about hygiene, sex ed
(vs teen pregnancies)
Disabilities, Hearing with your Heart
Imagine a land where physically disabled people
must crawl into the meeting because there are no
wheelchair ramps at the door. ...or no wheelchairs.
Imagine a place
where the hearing impaired are shunned and have no
at gainful employment. Imagine what
courage it takes to fight such an uphill battle.
And then imagine what you could do to help.
Who is needed?
Computer/ IT wizard who can put sound
software on computers
the web/ internet is accessbile to the blind.
Tanzania: long wish list for
for the hearing impaired:
--Nursing students to help with check ups of
students & teach CPR
--Teaching vocational skills like
carpentry & tailoring is one thing;
Teaching deaf students how to transact business is a
--Want learn more from the web thus
want ICT/ computer teacher
foreign teachers about additional teaching techiques
--Math teachers because Math can be
understood without sign language.
engineers to help design low cost secondary school.
--Want new templates & designs in carpentry &
--Sports teacher, esp soccer.
--Landscaper for grounds.
--People that know
about fish farming as income generation & source of
Tanzania: Advocacy &
empowerment for the physically disabled.
--Parapalygic or mobility impaired yourself? Come as
a model and mentor!
expand Braille & sign language program; mobility
training for blind.
Journalism, Media & Writing
Journalism has always been
important to democracy building; it goes hand in hand with building
Stifling state run
newspapers are what makes the press
seem so boring in Africa.
government may cost you your life so we encourage
fire brands to think before they speak.
Morocco: Internationally esteemed
press corps will very selectively take experienced
journalists & compelling writers.
with strong emphasis on social issues welcomes
Women: Print & radio
gives voice to women's concerns & has increased
women's civic involvement.
In Africa, radio is important because
it is a means by which people
who can not read can hear news.
Uganda: Oral history & book writing project
of women who were abducted by LRA/ Joseph Kony.
One of the biggest news stories in Africa? How is
Africa igoing to handle new found natural resources?
Will the elites horde the profits like Nigeria and
Equatorial Guinea? Or help lift millions of people
out of poverty?
The goal of this
media org is to make this story more known all over
--Compelling writers (but fiery
muckrakers may be endangered.)
"Business Brains": Making Money to Fund
Organizations & Families
Across Africa organizations run on zero budget
and sheer commitment & dedication
understandably requested fund raisers & grant writers.
encouraged these orgs to develop an enterprise that
sustains their organization.
e.g. One org had it
figured out! 3,000 hens
will lay enough eggs to sustain DV org.
Across Africa, we talked about teaching a
person to fish vs giving them a fish:
doen't grow on trees. It is more important to learn
how to make it than to have it."
I promised that
I would send people who could teach them how to make
that would give a hand up rather than a
indiividual level, help people dream up & carry out
"income generation" "projects
that can perhaps
even move people from tettering informal incomes to
Who is needed?
--"Business brains" that can teach & mentor a
business way to think & help dream up
ways to sustain
organizations, families & individuals
raisers, grant writers, organizational development &
--Teach Accounting, Auditing, Economics &
Entrepreneurship at vocational college
that can teach crafts or cottage industries that
take few resources
but have high
profit margins: e.g. tying flies, tailoring,
--People with strong craft
skills - beading, batik, quilting, knitting - to
teach to raise money
tourism experts to transform Ugandan dancing into
Tourism & AgriTourism
Preparing people to work in the Serengeti &
on Mt Kilimanjaro
wonders are a source of income for Tanzanians.
Who is needed at this
Vocational School? People that have
--English, French, Italian,
Spanish, or German so that teach tour guides or
communicate with guests. Patience more
important than teaching experience.
or culinary skills
--Tourism and Hospitality
--Hotel management ....& can teach people how to
work within this industry
--Hygiene & food
--Interior Design: teach how to make a
room or a resort appealing
and building maintenance
guiding and recognition of all the animals
Kenya is great at farming & tourism. A brilliant
Kenyan would like to combine these & launch Agri-Tourism in
Who is needed? People with
--Tourism, lodging, airbnb, bed &
--Advertising, branding, marketing,
writers, communications, social media
--Anthropology to collect oral histories, harness
the strengths of the villages
--Cooks & chefs to
create cusine that attracts tourist from those
flocking to Italiy to eat!
builders, interior decorators to develop each site &
--Videographers, film, photographers, web
site developers, graphic artists, "creatives"
As Wangari Maathai said, "Come to Kenya to meet
the people, not see the animals!"
Learning Languages: French,
Swahili & Arabic
Language instruction either by itself or accompanied with
volunteering so you are more immersed.
Learning Swahili in
Tanzania...or French is Cameroon or Morocco...or Arabic in
"Committed to their mission, "To harness humanity's talent to solve
NGOabroad matched my political organizing skills to a cutting edge
democracy building program.
Volunteering enriched my life in totally unpredictable ways. There is no
organization like NGOabroad."
Many of our programs need volunteers with
practical skills; skills that can help get a job or generate income:
teach sewing, crafts; carpentry or boat
building; bicycle, motorcycle or auto repair; farming/gardening;
If your skills, goals or
desired destinations do not fit in these Volunteer Programs, ask for a
Roadmap of Resources.
How the International Volunteer Programs work:
a Volunteer Vacation or to Volunteer Abroad? We offer more real &
challenging. More affordable.
Affordable: 1/4th the price of most programs.
See fees & how to apply.
Challenging: harness your skills to tackle real & important
other programs offer group experiences &
send a chaperone. We are for volunteers - students & older - who want the real deal:
willing to do both the grunt work & the glamorous; able to live humbly & make a real contribution.
rather than one-size-fits-all approach,
we believe that if you are really going to make a contribution, we
must match your skills to where they are truly needed.
You can go at any time of year though school schedules may create constraints. Duration of your stay can be
determined by you in conjunction with the Host Director. Your schedule can usually be
keep the cost down & deepen your understanding of
daily life: fetching water, no electricity. Or you can stay at a
We believe that you can immerse in other cultures
if you are well prepared: Travel & Cultural Consults maximize
health & safety.
Some people wonder who pays airfare. 97% of
the time: the volunteer. Your host organization cannot afford to pay
your airfare. 50%
of humanity earns <$2/day.
A 2 hour Travel Consult is required for people
volunteering in Africa.
Almost everyone asks before "Why do I have to do this?"
and exclaims after "That was amazing!"
"Mary Ellen Waller
encyclopedia. She boils down what would have taken me days to
research. All the information provided was tailored
to my specific travel needs. My consult was invaluable, and I
definitely intend to call upon her again for any overseas travel I
do in the future."
In the 1990's, there were 7 million too many refugees on the African
We have intentionally built our program in a refugee community out
of harms way
but where you can really make a difference. We need you:
--Teach children & adult literacy.
--Teach computers. Math & Accounting. Vocational skills. English.
--Musicians. Drama. Sports. Photography. Web design. eCommerce.
--Writers & journalists
to teach writing. Human rights
--Teaching practical skills to help people make a living:
--hair cutting, auto mechanics, carpentry, crafts. Marketing to
--Appropriate technology. Water & sanitation engineers.