Become a ‘Voluntourist’
The International Humanity Foundation (IHF) is seeking forward-thinking, dynamic individuals of all ages/backgrounds to contribute to our childrens' homes and education centers in Indonesia, Kenya and Thailand. IHF has grown over the past 25 years under the visionary leadership of Carol Sasaki (CEO) and the dedication of thousands of volunteers from around the world.
IHF is distinct from other NGO’s in this field as we practice the ‘Pass it on’ ethos in marginalized regions. We offer the privilege of education to those who without our organization could not reach it. IHF has no central headquarters, as each center is a product of its environment and follows the cultural code and norms of its host country. IHF ‘Voluntourists’ teach English, computer and math classes as well as maintaining relationships with local staff and the local population at every centre. The relationships formed between the children and Voluntourists are lasting as they remain in touch for years afterward.
At the centers, IHF requires its Voluntourists to work four hours a day at the center, six day a week. There is time to sightsee and tour the nation, but work remains an important priority. This is a unique position within IHF as it allows the volunteer firsthand experience in the field, also having time to explore the local area – without the need to do international tasks like other volunteers. With the chance to experience Balinese Hinduism, the busy capital of Jakarta or life in Indonesia's Islamic state, Indonesia's rich and deep cultural diversity means each of our centers here offer their own unique experience. Our Kenya center offers access to numerous wildlife parks and safaris, and our Thailand center is in the vicinity of incredible temples, waterfalls and scenery.
Those who are secure without the comforts of home gain the most from this valuable opportunity. We are looking for people who will bring a caring and nurturing attitude with the children. Your time will be divided between the children and your own chance to visit the local tourist attractions. It is very important to adhere to the local cultural codes. Fluency in English, both written and spoken is essential.
Costs: IHF is committed to offering a flexible, affordable service experience. There is no application fee, and the weekly fees for individuals are USD $150 and for couples and families only USD $200 to cover the costs for their room and board, both of which are very simple, at the center. Only married couples and immediate family will be allowed to share a room due to strict cultural codes.