Recent graduate looking for a long-term volunteer management opportunity? IHF is looking for hard-working, dedicated volunteers to commit their time and talents for one year in one of our 6 children’s homes and education centers in Indonesia, Thailand and Kenya. Your role will be to manage the day-to-day maintenance of the center’s programs and initiatives alongside an international staff, in the effort to provide a better opportunity for children’s futures. You are asked to complete at least 4 hours a day of local work and 4 hours a day of international work, 6 days a week. The job can be strenuous, but is incredibly rewarding and you will leave IHF with new transferable skills, a better understanding of international NGOs and an unforgettable experience to last the rest of your life.
In Indonesia, we have four education centers in Bali, Jakarta, Medan and Banda Aceh. Our Jakarta center provides a home to a small number of children. All Indonesia centers hold English, Math and Computer classes for disadvantaged children aged 6-17 to supplement the limited Indonesian public education system. Your role would include teaching and supervising classes as well as organizing various activities at the center.
We have children’s homes in Thailand and Kenya. Our Thailand center is a home for seven older children from a nearby hill tribe. Teenagers from this marginalized community come to our center for a stable home and the chance for an education. Our Kenya center is a home for children of various ages from the impoverished region of East Pokot and provides emergency relief to the surrounding community. This is the biggest IHF center, with approximately 65 children. Living conditions in this region are harsh, and we provide basic needs such as a home, food, and access to education for children who would otherwise go without. We also run livestock donation projects and other initiatives to relieve the extreme poverty where we can. Your role in either of these centers would include fostering a familial environment for the children, overseeing their education and managing the various needs and activities in the center.
IHF is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization with no central office, so co-Directors complete 4 hours of international work daily that consists of various administrative tasks. All co-Directors manage one or more of our international task teams such as University Relations, Fundraising, Teacher Training and Media. You will work closely with co-Directors at other centers to manage these teams and will receive unique training in a multilevel, multifaceted system. You will be assigned your teams according to your experience and skills. This work can be challenging, but you will hone your time management skills and learn intimately how an NGO functions at both the ground and administrative levels. Before arrival at the center, you will already become a part of the team by completing pre-trip tasks with our international teams to gain an understanding of the kind of work you will be doing.
Candidate Qualifications: Fluency in both written and spoken English is essential. We value volunteers who are creative and innovative, willing to take responsibility and easily adapt to new conditions and unexpected situations. We welcome applicants with any background, but prefer degrees in social studies, language, teaching, medicine, law, and social work. Experience abroad traveling, working or volunteering will be an asset. We require candidates have 1-2 years working experience in any field. Experience with teaching and/or children is crucial. Each IHF center is a product of its environment and follows the cultural code and norms of its host country. So must our staff. Our volunteers must have high inter-cultural sensitivity and be tolerant to different views and ways of life.
Stipend: Volunteers must commit to serve at least one year at the center. Basic accommodation and food is provided by IHF. You are a volunteer at the center and all local tasks completed are done so without pay. As a co-Director, you will receive a small monthly stipend. This stipend results only from the international online work. After one year there is the opportunity to become a full Director. The stipend is broken down as follows:
First 3 months: Training period $20 per month
3-6 months: Assistant co-Director $50 per month
6-9 months: Co-Director $80 per month
9-12 months: Co-Director $100 per month
Strict IHF Policy: These stipends are fixed. They will not be raised for more experienced applicants, and everyone will be upgraded according to the timeframes outlined above and no sooner. There are no exceptions to this, regardless of what may be the situation in the center.
If you’re ready to apply please send a copy of your resume and a cover letter and any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.