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How to Become a Volunteer

Volunteering for humanitarian initiatives is an excellent way of enriching your life and alleviating the suffering of those who need it most.

Alleviate suffering by becoming a volunteer

Supporting humanitarian efforts abroad enables you to immerse yourself in a new culture and learn from the local population. You can return the favor by supporting the local community with your knowledge. There is simply no better way to get to know the ins and outs of a country, its inhabitants and its culture than working closely with the people who have grown up and been molded by the communities abroad. But mind you, even though it’s terrific to develop yourself as a person, every humanitarian knows the most important thing is helping the vulnerable people at your humanitarian destination.

Join humanitarian programs and help make a difference in countries affected by disasters, poverty, and natural calamities. There are countless international volunteer organizations involved with community development. They’re primarily focused in areas troubled by famine, war or poverty but are also active with environmental and human rights issues.

Listed below are just some of the organizations which offer international volunteer projects. You can find many more compassionate organizations through Google or our Focus on NGO articles.

  1. United Nations Volunteers
    UNV is based in Bonn, Germany. UNV has a staff of around 150 at headquarters, and almost 7,000 volunteers deployed in the field. Four Regional Offices in Bangkok, Dakar, Nairobi, and Panama City develop regional interventions to advance peace and development, and around 80 Field Units represent the organization at the country level.
  2. International Federation of Red Cross
    You can make a difference! The International Red Cross works with and through its volunteers in a variety of service areas, depending on the needs of their communities. These activities can include tackling challenges such as migration, violence in communities, health challenges including HIV and AIDS, to name but a few.
  3. Project HOPE
    Since first partnering with the U.S. Navy in early 2005 to provide tsunami relief in Indonesia, Project HOPE has participated in more than 30 humanitarian missions with the U.S. Navy and Air Force, sending more than 1,200 HOPE volunteers. These missions have

    • Provided care to more than 820,000 people
    • Brought health education to more than 240,000 health care providers
    • Delivered $33 million in donated medicines and medical supplies

Due to our similar goals of helping people, we are closely related to volunteer organizations and the volunteers themselves. Their work makes us proud every single day. Please look at our News & Community page and read our other daily updated blog posts should you want to learn more about our visions, inspirations, and goals.