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Volunteer abroad with us!

The INSPIRE Volunteer Abroad Program is an excellent opportunity for both youth and adults to get involved in a unique, informative and hands on experience in a completely different context than they are normally accustomed to.

After two successful pilot projects in 2018, this year we are excited to offer this program in several new and exciting locations!

Take a look below for more details and apply now!

“Some travel to see the difference; others travel to make a difference.”

Where do you want to leave your mark?


Kenya: June 9 – 18, 2019
APPLICATIONS CLOSED


Bosnia: July 3 – 13, 2019
APPLICATIONS CLOSED


Lebanon: Sept 1 – 10, 2019
APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Kenya

Location:
Garashi & Kaloleni, Kilifi, Kenya

Dates of Program:
June 9th – 18th, 2019

Registration Dates:
Feb 1st – Mar 15th

Located in East Africa, Kenya is a nation of diverse ethnic groups and tribes enriched with colorful traditions and beliefs. The volunteer opportunity is located in the Kilifi County, which is located in southeast Kenya.

Islamic Relief Canada (IRC) has ongoing projects providing food security and climate resilience. Affected by droughts due to increasing climate change, community members have challenges with accessibility to water and food due to low agricultural productivity and poor school attendance.

The project aims to venture into climate smart approaches such as innovative crop production, small livestock farming and water management.

Volunteers will be working in primary schools with children aged 10-14 years old, as well as helping out local farmers. They will take part in activities including:

  • Leading lessons on topics such as climate, agriculture and the importance of hygiene practices
  • Tree planting excursions
  • Meetings with farmers engaged in group savings and loan associations
  • Refurbishing homes for households affected by floods

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to take part in sightseeing activities to places such as the Watamu National Marine Park, Watamu Beach and Fort Jesus.

All finalized applicants are required to raise a minimum of $3,000 CAD by May 15th, 2019.

All the funds raised will be going towards Islamic Relief projects in Kenya.

IRC will provide each volunteer with a fundraising package that includes tips on how to fundraise, posters, flyers, and pledge cards. Also, IRC will set up an online LaunchGood fundraising page for each volunteer to raise funds for their project.

IRC will cover your stay in Kenya, including your accommodation, transportation, food and scheduled sightseeing activities.

Please note that flights are NOT included in this, thus the volunteer is responsible for purchasing their flights to and from Kenya as well as mandatory health insurance.

The INSPIRE program aims to give volunteers an unique and eye-opening experience, where they are able to immerse themselves in a completely different context than they are normally accustomed to.

This program ecompasses the “give and take” principle; it is an opportunity to both give back to vulnerable communities overseas whilst learning and growing skills in an enriching environment. After completing the program, letters of references will be given out to participants upon request.

Participants will also be encouraged to continue volunteering with IRC following the trip to continue their humanitarian efforts.

Bosnia

Location:
Sarajevo, Bosnia

Dates of Program:
July 3rd – 13th, 2019

Registration Dates:
Feb 1st – Mar 15th

The 1992-1995 war transformed Bosnia-Herzegovina from a medium-income country within the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to now one of the poorest in Europe. Despite the success of post-conflict rebuilding, the economy has not yet returned to its pre-war level.

Since 1993, IR has been supporting orphans through one-to-one sponsorships, education projects, as well school supplies and food distribution programs.

This program aims to provide support to children ages 7-18 in Sarajevo through a summer camp which is affiliated with the ongoing orphans program.

Volunteers will be assisting in a summer camp affiliated with the ongoing orphans program, to facilitate learning through a variety of activities such as:

  • Educational classes
  • Sports tournaments
  • Language classes
  • Scouts training

Volunteers will also visit a local orphanage as well as other Islamic Relief projects in the area. On the weekend, volunteers will have the opportunity to take part in organized sightseeing activities, including visits to different museums, mosques, and monuments in the area.

All finalized applicants are required to raise a minimum of $3,000 CAD by June 1st, 2019.

All the funds raised will be going towards Islamic Relief projects in Bosnia.

IRC will provide each volunteer with a fundraising package that includes tips on how to fundraise, posters, flyers, and pledge cards. Also, IRC will set up an online LaunchGood fundraising page for each volunteer to raise funds for their project.  

IRC will cover your stay in Bosnia, including your accommodation, transportation, food and scheduled sightseeing activities.

Please note that flights are NOT included in this, thus the volunteer is responsible for purchasing their flights to and from Bosnia as well as mandatory health insurance.

The INSPIRE program aims to give volunteers an unique and eye-opening experience, where they are able to immerse themselves in a completely different context than they are normally accustomed to.

This program ecompasses the “give and take” principle; it is an opportunity to both give back to vulnerable communities overseas whilst learning and growing skills in an enriching environment After completing the program, letters of references will be given out to participants upon request.

Participants will also be encouraged to continue volunteering with IRC following the trip to continue their humanitarian efforts.

Lebanon

Location:
Saida, Lebanon

Dates of Program:
Sept 1st – 10th, 2019

Registration Dates:
Mar 15th – Apr 15th

Lebanon has the highest per capita concentrations of refugees worldwide, primarily hosting refugees from Palestine and Syria. The protracted refugee crisis in Lebanon puts pressure on the health and education systems, making it harder for both refugees and host communities to access basic services. With many of these refugees being children, accessing education continues to be a challenge.

Islamic Relief Canada has been working in Lebanon since 2006, with programs involving food, water, sanitation & hygiene, health and education support.

This program aims to support children and youth in Saida through a variety of activities

Volunteers will take part in a variety of activities, including

  • Designing and implementing peer-to-peer learning activities with youth
  • Assist in shelter renovations

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to visit Islamic Relief projects in the area as well as take part in beneficiary home visits. Selected sightseeing activities will also take place through the week.

All finalized applicants are required to raise a minimum of $3,000 CAD by August 1st, 2019.

All the funds raised will be going towards Islamic Relief projects in Lebanon.

IRC will provide each volunteer with a fundraising package that includes tips on how to fundraise, posters, flyers, and pledge cards. Also, IRC will set up an online LaunchGood fundraising page for each volunteer to raise funds for their project.

IRC will cover your stay in Lebanon, including your accommodation, transportation, food and scheduled sightseeing activities.

Please note that flights are NOT included in this, thus the volunteer is responsible for purchasing their flights to and from Lebanon as well as mandatory health insurance.

The INSPIRE program aims to give volunteers an unique and eye-opening experience, where they are able to immerse themselves in a completely different context than they are normally accustomed to.

This program ecompasses the “give and take” principle; it is an opportunity to both give back to vulnerable communities overseas whilst learning and growing skills in an enriching environment After completing the program, letters of references will be given out to participants upon request.

Participants will also be encouraged to continue volunteering with IRC following the trip to continue their humanitarian efforts.