The Foundation for Education and Development (FED) was founded in 2000 in Sankalaburi, Kanchanaburi province under the name Grassroots Human Rights Education & Development (GHRE). Soon after the 2004 Tsunami, the organization relocated to Phang Nga province to offer emergency assistance to Tsunami-affected Burmese migrants whose needs had been largely ignored by the Thai government and NGO’s.
Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
Friendly Drifter volunteer program was created by two concerned individuals who witnessed a need to address the plastic waste issue in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. It’s a very remote place in the world however no region is immune to plastic waste. It’s a tour/operator program. Most visitors hire guides because of the complexities of logistics. The program dedicates a certain number of days to beach and village clean up. After the village is completely clean, their aim is to hire locals to control waste in the future with regular collections.
Vang Vieng, Laos
FruitFriends is a social enterprise located in Vang Vieng, Laos specializing in education and agriculture. All proceeds from their ventures directly fund community projects, such as school construction, organic farming, teaching English, and making home-made fruit products.
Their staff members are highly capable and quick learners.
Ecuador, South America
The Fundacion Arte del Mundo (FAM)is a registered non-profit community-based organization in Baños de Agua Santa, a small town in Tungurahua, Ecuador. The foundation emphasizes sharing a love for books and the arts with children and adults in the Baños community.
Kigali, Rwanda, Africa
Generation Rwanda is dedicated to helping orphans and other socially vulnerable young people in Rwanda pursue a university education and ultimately become leaders in fostering economic development and social reconciliation.
The organization provides education scholarships and support for Rwandans by promoting access to higher education for motivated yet vulnerable young people.
Volunteers are welcomed with a minimum of three month time commitments and the positions and opportunities vary throughout the year but often include: English language assistance, career development, and more. Check their website for specifics and submit a CV if you’re interested!
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Genevieve’s is looking for a number of volunteers who can assist with the growth of their social enterprise so they are able to help more people in the community. They are looking for fashion designers, jewelry designers and interior designers to assist with the design of handicrafts that can be made by the local people, using goods such as local seeds, natural materials and recycled materials.
Boquete & Bocas del Toro, Panama
Habla Ya is a Spanish Language School with extensive volunteer programs and support for Boquete and Bocas del Toro. The organization has connections within everything from literacy to wildlife and conservation.
This rural Nepali homestay acts as both a guesthouse for travelers and trekkers, and the accommodation for volunteers living in the village and assisting with various projects. It’s the passion project of Shamser Thapa, who hopes to continue expanding the villages capacity to host foreigners, thus increasing economic opportunity in this tiny Nepali village.
Kigali, Rwanda, Africa
Heaven features international fusion cuisine and the restaurant invests energy in training and supporting Rwanda’s tourism industry. The restaurant, though initiated and run by a foreigner employs local Rwandans the vast majority of work. Additionally, Rwandan craftspeople painstakingly produced everything in the restaurant, from the chairs and tables to the artwork on the walls.
Visiting chefs from other countries are able to volunteer their time at the restaurant and teach the Rwandan chefs new dishes and recipes.
Additionally, there are opportunities for restaurant managers and longer-term chefs.
Helping Overcome Obstacles Peru (HOOP) works with the impoverished people in the Flora Tristan community. Flora Tristan is a shanty town located on the outskirts of Arequipa composed of haphazardly constructed shacks which lack basic services, such as electricity or running water.
HOOPs current priorities are developing the Flora Tristan community by using strategic educational programs through which community members of all ages can advance their education, health, self-confidence and better their quality of life.