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.
El Porvenir, Atlántida, Honduras
Honduras Child Alliance is a volunteer based group working collectively with Honduran community members to improve the lives and opportunities of children in Honduras through education and health programs in El Porvenir, Atlántida.
Hope Link is a non-profit with aim to provide support for vulnerable communities near Rusinga Island, outside of Kisumu. Volunteers are invited to support capacity building efforts in the region, as well as health and wellness training.
Mexico City, Mexico
Punto DF is a group of artists and travelers focused on creating artistic and ecological projects that center on social improvement.
The hostel host travelers from all over the world, aiming to provide services to the travelers and the community. Punto DF is seeking a new way of living and traveling and offers artistic residencies for travelers and artists focused on creating social impact and social change projects in the local community.
Human IS Right works for the promotion of the rights of the less privileged in Cameroon through two main projects which are the Prisoners Rights Project and Supporting Gender Equality in Rural Cameroon Project. By these two projects, Human IS Right empowers women and provides free legal aid to pre-trial detainees in the Buea prison.
Based in Kolkata, the Human Wave organization runs community development and health projects for children, women and communities in West Bengal, India — mainly in cities around Kolkata. This includes a number of youth projects in Kolkata, and volunteer programs in the Sundarbans, too.
Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania (IEFT) is a collaboration between the community and the volunteers with the mission of providing quality and affordable education to the less privileged students of Tanzania, East Africa. The Orkeeswa Secondary School located in North Tanzania’s Arusha Region has provided Tanzanian students the opportunity to receive secondary education in order to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to live a life that is filled with optimism, empowerment and the opportunity to make a difference.
The Irise is organization dedicated to addressing inadequate menstrual hygiene management in Uganda. This issue is a driver of gender inequality and disempowerment, and impacts disadvantaged women and girls’ ability to make good decisions about their reproductive health. Irise uses a replicable and evidence-based model for delivering reusable sanitary pads and education to marginalized girls in Uganda.