TEAM 2024: We are busy planning our first international Heart in Hand Team! This is a chance for you to head overseas with us in 2024. The duration will be approximately 2 weeks, and we will participate in a locally-led community development project. We are currently working with our partners to determine the best option for the coming year. Watch this page for updates, information and everything you need to decide if you will join us.
Here at Heart in Hand, we are passionate about international volunteering that is meaningful, relevant, and responsible (see our blog to learn more about "voluntourism"). In addition to annual volunteer-abroad opportunities led by Heart in Hand, we encourage those with an interest in meaningful overseas volunteering to learn more about:
Cuso International: Cuso International is one of the highest quality volunteer-sending organizations in Canada. Their focus is on long-term volunteer placements for highly skilled, professional volunteers. The Cuso difference stems from a combination of: volunteer suitability assessment; comprehensive pre-departure volunteer training and preparation; volunteer and employer matching; and long-term partnerships with grassroots organizations all over the world.
Cuso International maintains a diverse roster of global volunteer placements in a variety of professional sectors, including health, education, business development, communications, community development, natural resource management and more. If you are ready and willing to take a leave from your current job/life for at least 6 months (possibly more than a year), and have solid professional experience, you may be ready to:
Location: Renfrew, ON, Canada
Frequency: Weekly or biweekly, up to you!
The Problem: A huge amount of medical supplies are thrown away in Canada every day. Meanwhile, people all over the world suffer from a lack of access to such supplies. Not Just Tourists (NJT) is addressing this problem by collecting surplus medical supplies, packing them into suitcases, and sending them to remote, non-profit clinics around the world!
The Opportunity: NJT runs solely through the hearts and hands of volunteers in chapters across Canada, and in the UK and USA as well. Our local chapter, here in Renfrew, Ontario, is headed up by the founder of Heart in Hand. And we need help in a variety of tasks on a weekly or biweekly basis. This includes activities like packing / sorting supplies, picking up supplies, delivering suitcases to travellers, and so on.
The next time you take a trip or go on vacation, consider taking an extra suitcase! Not Just Tourists moves unused medical supplies to countries where they are urgently needed one suitcase at a time, via everyday travelers like you!