Why choose Hopeland Volunteers?
The mission of Hopeland Volunteers is to connect volunteers with small non-profits who need volunteers to achieve their goals. We want the time and money you spend volunteering to truly make a difference – we know that when you work with our non-profit partners every minute you spend will be invaluable to their organizations and the people they are helping. If you want to know that you will make a difference in the lives of the people you serve and become an important part of the non-profit you work with, this is the right program for you.
How do I know it is safe to volunteer with Hopeland Volunteers?
Since we have a personal relationship with all of our non-profit partners, you can feel confident that you will be hosted by people we actually know. As with any travel abroad, be sure to do your own research about the area you will be traveling to, and feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns!
What does the program fee go toward?
Your program fee includes your transport to and from the airport, transport to your program site each day, and covers your meals and board. It also includes a donation to the non-profit you will be working with, which is one of the main goals of our organization; to provide them with the volunteers and resources they need to make their work happen.
Your program fee does not include airfare or weekend/off-time recreational activities. Some programs offer an option to plan your recreational activities (safari, rafting, etc.) through them, so be sure to ask about that option because it can be more economical than planning them on your own!
How much money will I need once I arrive?
This depends on the length of your stay and the exchange rate of the country you are traveling to, but we recommend bringing around $50 USD per week for things like water, snacks, and small souvenirs. You should also bring an emergency stash and whatever you think you will need for your weekend/recreational activities. You might want to do research about the exchange rate and typical costs of food items and necessities to calculate a more exact number for yourself. For example, a large bottle of water in Uganda costs around 2500 UGS (Ugandan Shillings) which amounts to around $0.75 USD.
Do I need special skills or talents to volunteer?
Absolutely not! If you have something that you feel would be of value to a particular program, please let us know so we are sure to plan a program to most effectively use your skills and talents. If you just want to volunteer in general, we will work with you to create a program that you feel most comfortable with and that we know will make a difference for the organization.