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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 a successful 7 trips in 2019, we are excited to offer this program in several new and exciting locations in 2020.

Take a look below for more details and apply now!

Trips are for ages 18+ only.

Where do you want to leave your mark?

Malaysia: March 2020

Application Closed

Nepal: April 5 – 15, 2020

Registration Full
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Turkey: June 2020

Coming Soon

Bosnia: August 2020

Coming Soon

Nepal

Location:
Pokhara, Nepal

Dates of Program:
April 5 – 15, 2020

Registration Dates:
January 23 – February 9, 2020

Registration Fee:
$300

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia. It is bordered by China to the North, and India to the South, East and West. The Himalaya mountain range runs across Nepal’s northern and western parts. Eight of the world’s ten highest mountains, including Mount Everest, are within its territory.

Nepal is home to 27 million people, that come from various faiths and over 60 different ethnic groups, each of whom have their own dialect and culture. Just like many countries in the region, Nepal faces its own challenges. Around 28.6% of the population live below poverty line and only 57% of the population is literate, as education is not mandatory. This has an adverse affect on the education that children receive as well. Many of them come from low income households, illiterate parents, unsupportive cultural practices and girls face barriers to staying in school. Almost 25-30% kids drop out before they get to high school.

Islamic Relief began working in Nepal in 2015, in the aftermath of the Ghorka earthquake. When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal, causing chaos and destruction, our team was on the ground assisting thousands with food, shelter and hygiene kits. Since then, we have implemented projects that aim to rebuild communities, as well as promote education in earthquake-affected areas.

Volunteers will embark on a 10-day journey working with students, teachers and community members in the beautiful region of Pokhara. The program will focus on giving an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by communities as well as the importance of giving adults and children a space to be, learn and grow. The project will focus on the following three main areas: school development, WASH activities and learning.

The volunteers will be spending time at the school working with students and local volunteers engaging in the following activities:

  • Team building activities focusing on communication and cooperation
  • STEM based activities
  • Learning about the local culture and history

We will get an opportunity to visit and spend time with the locals and visit some of our projects. Moreover, we will get a chance to explore the beauty of Pokhara. It is home to the Annapurna Range, with three out of the ten tallest mountains in the world Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu.

For any questions or inquiries, please email us at [email protected]

All finalized applicants are required to raise a minimum of $3,500 CAD by April 1, 2020.

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

IRC will provide each volunteer with a fundraising package that includes tips and training on how to fundraise and how to leverage your network . Also, IRC will set up an online LaunchGood or similar fundraising page for each volunteer to raise funds for their project.

All finalized applicants must pay a non-refundable fee of $300.

All volunteers attending the trip are required to submit a Vulnerable Sector Check prior to departure on the trip.

IRC will cover your stay in Nepal, 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 flight tickets to and from Nepal as well as mandatory health insurance.

You must be 18+ years old to attend.

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

This program is an opportunity to learn about vulnerable communities and the challenges they face. Volunteers are encouraged to apply what they have learned and to champion initiatives in their communities after the completion of the program. Islamic Relief Canada will provide support and resources to those volunteers.

Letters of reference can be requested after the completion of the trip.

Malaysia

Location:
Selangnor, Malaysia

Dates of Program:
March 7 – 15, 2020

Registration Dates:
December 11 – 26, 2019

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Malaysia also home to 177,000 asylum seekers and refugees, amongst its 31 million population. Refugees are considered undocumented migrants under the Malaysian Immigration Act, and are at risk of arrest, detention, and deportation.

There are over 30,000 Rohingya registered with the UNHCR in Malaysia; however, it is expected that there are around 100,000 Rohingya who are not registered within Malaysia. This means they have restricted access to many basic services, including education. Many refugee children have missed years of schooling which greatly impacts their own future and that of their family. This project seeks to provide education to Rohingya refugees by opening a school near the beneficiary families.

Islamic Relief has been working since 2005. Having helped over 450k in Malaysia. This program is an Alternative Learning Centre for refugees, particularly Rohingyas. Focusing on providing education and life skills to Rohingya children from ages 7-17.

Volunteers will go on a 9 day journey learning and engaging with the Rohingya and Malay community to learn about their lives. The program will focus on giving an in depth understanding of the challenges faced by the refugee communities and the importance of giving them an education and hope to succeed.

The primary activities will include:

  • Psycho-social activities focusing on team building and developing self-confidence
  • STEM based activities to challenge in a fun and engaging environment
  • Excursions with students to explore the local community

We will also get a chance to explore the beauty of Malaysia with trips to the Petronas Twin towers in KLCC, the gorgeous mosques of Putrajaya, and the hustle and bustle of Bukit Bintang.

All finalized applicants are required to raise a minimum of $3,500 CAD by Feb 29, 2020.

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

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.

All finalized applicants must pay a non-refundable fee of $300

All volunteers attending the trip are required to submit a vulnerable sector check prior to departure on the trip

IRC will cover your stay in Malaysia, 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 Malaysia 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 different context than they are normally accustomed to.

This program encompasses an opportunity to learn about the vulnerable communities and

the challenges they face. Volunteers are encouraged to apply what they have learned and to champion initiatives in their communities at the completion of the program. Islamic Relief will provide support and resources to those volunteers.

Letters of reference can be requested after the completion of the trip.