Bocas del Toro, Panama
The Floating Doctors Mission is to reduce the present and future burden of disease in the developing world,and to promote improvements in health care delivery worldwide. The organization maintains a ship, which it sails throughout the Caribbean to provide free acute and preventative health care services and delivering donated medical supplies to isolated areas.
Co-founded in 2012, FoodBlessed is a local hunger-relief initiative that works with businesses and the civil society. FoodBlessed aims to reduce the number of people going hungry in Lebanon by asking others to be mindful of the food they let go to waste and offering them with practical solutions to cut down on their food waste generation and the opportunity to serve food to those in need through volunteering. As such, FoodBlessed addresses a social need “right to food” via fighting food poverty and hunger.
Usa River, Tanzania
The Foundation for African Medicine & Education (FAME) operates an Outpatient Clinic in Tanzania along with several other medical projects in the works. The organization eagerly accepts local and Western trained doctors and nurses for collaborative relationships with one another. Trained specialists from the overseas medical community bring their expertise and resources to share and improve FAME’s medical services.
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.
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.
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.