NPH USA International Volunteer Program
Affiliation:Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos
Goal of Program:Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos' International Volunteer Program sends qualified individuals, married couples, and families to support the staff and children living in the nine homes of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH). NPH has homes in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Type of Placement:All NPH volunteers have a job during the day, which is selected based on a volunteer's skills and interests as well as what NPH needs. Most volunteers work as Child Care Providers, ESL Teachers, Physicians, Nurses, Tutors, Youth Ministers, Speech Language Pathologists, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Clinic Assistants, Activities Coordinators, Communication Officers, Visitor/Volunteer Coordinators, etc. In addition to their regular job, volunteers spend time each night (and every other weekend) with a group of children.
Service Area:Mexico (2 locations: Cuernavaca and Miacatlan), Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador (rarely), Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. *In years past we have had a short term program in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, but we have been shrinking it. Please check with our staff to make sure there will be a summer program in 2018 prior to applying.*
Service Length:NPH homes require a 12 to 13 month commitment. Once volunteers have served for at least 6 months they may extend their service, based on an agreement between the volunteer and the NPH leadership.
Requirements:Must be 21 years of age, in good health. Priority is given to Spanish/Creole speakers.
Financial Arrangement:NPH volunteers receive a stipend of $50 to $100 per month, free room, all meals, and access to limited health care. Health care facilities vary home to home. Volunteers must pay for their flight to and from the country where they will serve. NPH staff will pick up volunteers when they arrive at the airport or bus station. NPH USA pays for international health insurance. It covers emergency care and evacuation, but does not cover care in the US. Volunteers should maintain US health insurance. Volunteers with weak language skills must pay for language school in the country where they will serve. NPH provides guidance on selecting a language school.
Living Arrangements:Volunteers live in group houses - they share a room with up to four other volunteers. There are shared kitchens and living space.
Program Size:In newer and smaller houses there is usually a handful (under 10) volunteers. In larger houses there are up to 24 international volunteers.
Training:Prior to service, NPH USA assists with volunteer selection and provides support in the form of conference calls, online groups for accepted volunteers and written preparation materials. Volunteers participate in an online course called Impact Abroad Toolkit as well as the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale. At the beginning of service all NPH volunteers participate in a two-week training on site. After service NPH USA offers Reflection Weekends for former volunteers.
Application Deadline:January 1st for July placement, July 1st for January placement. We often accept applicants after the deadline. Even if the deadline has passed we encourage you to submit an application.