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Ethical Volunteer Abroad Programs

 

Volunteer abroad with Arm-In-Arm Volunteers (AIAV) in Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Uganda) or Asia (India, Nepal, Sri Lanka). AIAV is a Canada-based international non-profit organization that responsibly and at a very low cost links individuals or groups to sustainable projects abroad. As you volunteer through us, you could offer your assistance, gain experience, fully immerse yourself in local cultures, and explore amazing things that these countries have to offer.

You may choose to participate in healthcare, orphanage work, teaching, sports for social change, community development, physical/mental disability programs or a customized program to meet your particular interest, experience or qualification. Our flexible short-term or long-term volunteer abroad opportunities are suitable for students, professionals, seniors, missionaries, carrier breakers/changers or gap year takers who are interested in international experiential learning, cross-cultural experience, social justice or volunteer vacation. At the same time, our crowd-funding tool can assist you to make your volunteering dream come true, should you need financial support.

Testimonials

  • Jessica Chang

    Medical Student, Hong Kong

    "I was finally placed in a public teaching hospital in Galle. I spent half of the time in emergency treatment unit (emergency medicine) and the other half of the time in general surgery.

    During the placement, i had the chance to shadow the doctors working there and also joined the medical students' teaching activities such as lecture and clinical skill workshop. I had exposure to various emergency cases and resuscitation scenario. Also, i had the chance to see different surgical cases and to observe or even assist in operation.

    Through the placement, apart from putting my medical knowledge into clinical practice, I have a better understanding of the health care system of Sri Lanka and their current limitation. This is beneficial for my future career to know more about medical system of places outside my hometown.

    What is more, I was pleased to learn more about the local culture like their language, religion, festival etc. People there are also interested in my hometown and we share a lot. Cultural exchange was achieved through interaction with my host family and doctors and medical students I met."

  • Kassandra Zukowski

    Sales Instructor, USA

    "I recently returned from volunteering in India with AIAV. My trip was an amazing experience! I worked on the Elephant Care program, and cannot express how great of an opportunity it was to work one-on-one with such sweet elephants. AIAV was great to work with throughout the experience!"

  • Rebekah Reyes

    Family Nurse Practitioner, USA

    "I applied to go to Ghana and was also not entirely sure what to expect. AIAV exceeded my expectations. They have met their goal of providing affordable opportunities to serve. Throughout the entire process my questions were answered promptly and I knew I could ask Narcisz for help or advice if needed. The site coordinator met us at the airport and we communicated with him and with AIAV throughout the trip. The whole experience was great and I would do it again in a heartbeat. This is a no-hassle, straightforward way to volunteer for anybody who is a go-getter!"

  • Tanisha Mkandawire

    Student, USA

    "When I applied to be a volunteer in Nepal with the Arm-In-Arm Volunteer organization, I was expecting a good experience with a bit of mishaps. To my surprise everything went well, if not better. The application process was a breeze and I was able to reach both the organization and the on sight coordinator (In Nepal) at any time via email or phone. Upon arrival everything was prepared for me and I was treated with such wonderful hospitality from people who hardly knew me off paper. Though I had hope in the organization, I was expecting a bit of chaos along the way, but I was proven wrong. I was welcomed with open arms at the placement (Shree Shitladevi School) by both the staff and the students. Everything was planned well in order accommodate me, from my arrival to departure. I plan on taking another trip next year with the Arm-In-Arm Volunteer organization and I hope you do the same. Jai Nepal"

  • Mark Kingma

    Senior Business Consultant, Holland

    "I have had a great experience concerning the in country staff, the accommodation and the activities that I have done in Uganda."

  • Brendon Brown

    Central Washington University, USA

    "Volunteering in Hetauda, Nepal

    I couldn't be more pleased with my volunteer trip abroad. Arm in Arm Volunteers placed me with the ideal in country coordinator, who was extremely helpful. AIAV made sure that I was well prepared before departing, thoroughly answered all of my questions, and made sure to check up half way through my assignment. I volunteered at Manavsewa Ashram (Human Service Home) in Hetauda, in the region of Makwanpur, Nepal. The experience was life changing. Seeing life in a developing country first hand, getting to learn about the culture and heritage from the people, and having the opportunity to contribute to an outstanding project was wonderful. I stayed in Nepal for a month, and while there I worked with children at a center for the city's homeless, mentally ill, and orphans which aims to put them in a position to re-join society. I wouldn't change anything about my experience."

  • Joseph McNeil

    University of Edinburgh, UK

    "Amazing experience in Senya Beraku, Ghana

    I would describe my time with Arm-in-Arm Volunteers, through whom I was linked with Becky's Home in Senya Beraku, Central Region, Ghana, as an extremely positive. My program lasted 11 days and I enjoyed every minute of it. Arm-in-Arm provided me with all the support and guidance that I needed for a successful trip. In particular, the project in-country that they linked me with was ideal in so many ways - as soon as I started work there, I quickly developed a passion for the common goals of the brilliant in-country director of the Foundation. The program was efficient and well organised. Accommodation was easily satisfactory and the program also provided me with good time to relax as well as to explore Ghana at the weekends. I would recommend Arm-in-Arm, as well as Becky's Foundation in Ghana, to anyone looking for a exciting and enjoyable volunteering experience."

  • Catherine Lu

    University of Alberta, Canada

    "Volunteering in Ghana was an eye opening experience, it made me appreciate a lot of things that I took for granted, the spirit of the children I met was inspiring."

  • Ngozi Ugwumba

    Public Health Professional, Nigeria

    "I would like to say a very big thank you to the Arm-In-Arm Volunteers team for the most rewarding experience in Ghana. I applied as a medical volunteer and got a good placement with a Primary Health Centre where I gained valuable experience in my field. I also got an opportunity to interact with the kids from the orphanage where I lived and words cannot describe the joy from the bond you form with these kids."

  • Allira Attwill

    Health Policy Consultant, United Kingdom

    "My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our time volunteering in Sri Lanka. We were there over Christmas, and thought that the experience may have been a very emotional and sad one. However, from the moment we arrived we had enormous smiles on our faces, because the children were so happy. We played many games with the children - some aiming to improve their English and some that were just for fun. The orphanage is a great place for the children, and they value the volunteers enormously. I would highly recommend this programme to anyone considering volunteering."

  • Cheryl L.

    Public Services Librarian, Victoria, BC

    “I have known Narcisz Magyara for many years as a dear friend, musical colleague, and through editing the website content for Arm In Arm Volunteers. In all the time I have known her, and across all capacities, she demonstrates the same caring, humorous attitude, conscientiousness, meticulous attention to detail and authentic, no-nonsense approach to people and situations. She is a joy to work with and I know that all of these qualities will accompany her in her work with you and give you confidence in choosing Arm In Arm Volunteers for your volunteer experience. I was also extremely impressed with the level of thought and detail that both she and Ato included in the website content that I edited during the initial planning stages. These two have done their homework and both possess a genuine desire to help people, especially in developing countries. You will be in good hands with Narcisz and Ato!”

     

How we work with you through your volunteering process:

Before You Go

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• Register with us (check Registration Process).

• Receive a comprehensive pre-departure information booklet with all the steps you need to take to get to your destination country and all that you need to know about the place before getting there.

• Create your free online fundraising profile and raise funds for your trip.

• Set up your blog to keep your circles up to date about your volunteer abroad experience.

• Get in touch with the in-country coordinator.

• Get a passport and a visa.

• Get vaccinated.

• Get medical/travel insurance.

• Book your flight.

• Pay the program fee directly to the in-country coordinator.

• Pack your things (checklist provided) and go!

While You're There

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• Get a ride from the airport to the orientation site.

• Attend an orientation.

• Be introduced to your project and host family.

• Work.

• Experience culture shock.

• Have fun/travel around seeing sights.

• Meet lots of like-minded people, both locals and other international volunteers.

• Receive 24/7 support from the in-country team and us.

• Give feedback to the in-country team.

• Receive a certificate of volunteering.

• Get a ride back to the airport and return home.

After Returning Home

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• Experience re-entry shock.

• Share your story of being a volunteer abroad with friends, family, and coworkers.

• Give feedback to us.

• Receive a reference letter from us.

• Stay in touch with your project and the people you met in your destination country.

• Being part of the AIAV family, you can use our free online fundraising platform to raise funds to support your project.

Projects by Destination

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Kenya: -1.292066, 36.821946
Ghana: 5.814284, 0.074677
Sri Lanka: 6.927079, 79.861243
Uganda: 0.313611, 32.581111
Nepal: 27.700000, 85.333333
AIAV: 43.544951, -80.271927

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