All of our projects are free of charge and we do not charge a participation fee of any kind! We provide food and arrange accommodation in return for all your hard work. We do encourage volunteers to fundraise but there is absolutely no obligation and no amount you must raise in order to take part. The easiest way is to set up a personal fundraising page and the share the link with your friends and family. Not only does this help to offset some of the cost of hosting you, it also gives everyone you know the opportunity to support the wonderful work you’ll be doing.
Volunteers are responsible for getting themselves to the project of their choice, and they must have travel insurance if the project is not in their home country. You must also take a break of at least 3 nights away from project for every 30 days you spend with us. There is no minimum amount of time you have to commit to and no special skills or previous experience required.
All Hands gives you the opportunity to assist communities affected by natural disaster. Our work is physical in nature, and depending on the location may include, debris removal, home repair, demolition of unsafe structures, salvaging of reusable building materials, winterization, or mucking and gutting. No previous experience or special skills are required.
From out of town or overseas? An All Hands project is housing at its finest. In exchange for your hard work in the field we provide you with basic accommodations and simple, local meals on work days, plus the tools and logistics to make a positive impact in the community, and all the necessary support to have an amazing experience.
Volunteers are responsible for arranging and funding all travel to and from a project, including the cost and logistics involved with securing passports, visas or other travel documents if required. Residential volunteers must take a mental health break at least every 30 days. This means that you must spend a minimum of 3 nights away from the base for every 30 days you stay with us. You must pay for all costs associated with these breaks yourself. If you are able to return home in the evenings we ask that you do so in order to allow us to host those traveling long distances to participate.
Forever! Just kidding. There is no minimum or maximum amount of time that volunteers have to commit to. If we have space on the project you’re interested in at the time you’re available, we’d love to host you! Please do not book any travel until you have received an official email invitation from the project in question.
Residential volunteers must take a mental health break at least every 30 days. This means that you must spend a minimum of 3 nights away from the base for every 30 days you stay with us. You must pay for all costs associated with these breaks yourself.
Although the packing list varies from project to project you will have to bring your own mattress or sleeping pad, and bedding suitable for the local climate. Once you know which program you are heading to, the coordinator can take care of any questions or concerns you may have.
We require volunteers to be up to date with their tetanus vaccination. As other recommendations depend on your personal circumstances you should check with a medical professional regarding all other possible vaccines and preventative medicines.
You must have medical insurance coverage in order to participate on any of our projects outside of the USA. If you are an American you should check with your health insurance provider first, to see if they will cover you overseas. If not, or if you are of other nationalities, you will have to purchase a travel insurance policy. We require emergency medical treatment be covered, as well as emergency medical evacuation. Most volunteers are able to find something suitable from World Nomads or Seven Corners but please read the small print carefully as exclusions do apply.
All Hands Volunteers now has organizational insurance, allowing all volunteers access to emergency medical cover when volunteering outside of their home country.