Volunteer Abroad visited the NGO based in Phnom Penh in 2017, had a meeting with them and sat down at their popular remarkable restaurant where the profit goes directly to the projects of Friends International. We also visited their beauty salon next door from the restaurant where the staff themselves were ones that had been reached and helped by Friends International. We saw their work, the difference and the dedication. We immediately wanted to help them through dedicated voluntary work. Recognized as one of the best non-profit organizations in the world, they have won over 10 awards in 20 years and operate in 5 countries spread over the continents.
Welcome to Friends International!
There are hundreds of millions marginalized children and youth in the world. Not only does this situation affect us all (development, public health, public security…), but it continues to get worse despite the efforts of many organizations to turn things around. We believe that traditional charity models are not working and need to be replaced by new models that combine the best of the NGO world and the best of the business world.
In order to respond to that challenge, Friends-International focuses on four main priorities:•To reach the highest social return and impact through its Friends Programs, the ChildSafe Movement and the ChildSafe Alliance•To provide best quality services to those we help through building best practice models in all Friends Programs and throughout the ChildSafe Alliance.•To replicate successful models in line with local realities through the ChildSafe Alliance.•To ensure the sustainability of our programs in terms of structure, policy development, behaviour change and financially through our Friends Social Business Program.
Millions of children currently live and work on the margins of society as existing models of support are not effective enough:This is not acceptable. Together we can build a future where all children are safe from all forms of abuse and become functional productive citizens of their country, contributing to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world.
From previously working with the Danish founder of the organization, we were contacted by FSK as they were interested in a corporation. They had heard about us, and saw a potential match. We spoke with the project manager frequently and were beginning to see a corporation being formed. As both FSK and Volunteer Abroad were new organization sprinting to get websites and business plans up and running, we kept eachother updated and were looking forward to finally start to help eachother in a bigger way than corresponding.
Welcome to Filipino Street Kids!
After getting a tip from a previous volunteer about this organization, we looked at their website and social media and really liked what their work, goals and the changes they were going after… and we started talking about a potential corporation. While Eva was in Cambodia, she contacted one of the owners of the NGO and found that he was a fellow Dane! We would talk frequently and stay up to date on each other's progress. A trip to visit them on site is being planned and will probably take place in 2019.
Welcome to Marine Conservation Philippines!
Marine Conservation Philippines is a non-profit NGO working to preserve fragile marine habitats like coral reefs and mangrove forests and improve quality of life for marginalised fisher folk in the central Philippines. MCP is a volunteer based organisation where philippino and international volunteers can join a large professional team of marine biologists, scientists, teachers and dive instructors, and help tackle the myriad problems and issues facing the Oceans today.
Since opening in 2015 volunteers have planted thousands of mangrove trees, removed tons of plastic and other marine debris from coral reefs and beaches, conducted hundreds of scientific survey dives, contributed with their findings to the publication of at least four scientific articles (more pending), helped educate thousands of school children and have through their volunteer donation enabled MCP to sponsor the salary of an additional ten full time coast guards, to donate a two story guardhouse to the coast guard and to financially aid in improving enforcement of marine sanctuaries along fourteen kilometres of especially vulnerable coastline.
You will be able to volunteer at Micuerpo/Minkrop in 2019. The world is a small place, and Denmark is an extremely small country, so when a colleague in Find Job Abroad spoke about his friend from years ago and how she founded an NGO in Colombia with a very important goal, we just had to contact her! Now we've spoken a few times, shared knowledge and helped eachother become better at what we do.
Welcome to Micuerpo/Minkrop!
We are a Danish non-profit foundation that work with sexual education in Colombia. We believe that information is the main source to reach a Colombia with less teen pregnancies and sexual myths and more awareness about STIs and sexual rights.
The latest statistics from 2015 revealed that 17,4 % of the Colombian teenage girls get pregnant before they turn 20. This means that a lot of Colombian girls will have a hard time finishing their education. They will have to find a way to get money for food, clothes, diapers etc. Therefore, the girls will often have to drop out of school. There are simply not enough hours to both work, take care of their child and go to school. Teenage pregnancies occur in all of Colombia, but some areas are more affected than others. Especially poor areas, the country side and in areas with severe social problems suffer. The Colombian government has been focusing more on the problem the last couple of years. Even so, there is still a lot of work to do. Sex and birth control is a big taboo in the Colombian society. The majority of the population is religious, mainly catholic, which means that parents rarely talk to their children about the subject. The most common strategies are turning the blind eye or simply to preach celibacy, but the percentage shows that this has not been the most effective strategy. Reality is that teenagers start having sex earlier and earlier, but without proper knowledge about the consequences of having unsafe sex.
In 2017 Volunteer Abroads founder went to visit the NGO in their non-profit café in Cambodia's capital after hearing great things about this place from expats in the country. Meeting with the founder and hearing his story truly gave an insight into their work and most of all, their passion for showing Cambodias youth that there is a way to work for your passion - and be able to eventually live on doing what you love. We new that we wanted to help the truly awesome people reaching their goals and so the idea of a corporation was born.
Welcome to Tiny Toones!
Tiny Toones uses hip hop & dance to reach at-risk
Cambodian kids and get them off the streets & into classrooms, to get education, creativity and a future.
In 2005 Tuy Sobil (aka "KK") opened up his modest home to a handful of kids he had seen working or living on the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. KK had only just arrived in Cambodia himself. Born in the Thai refugee camps, he grew up in the projects of Los Angeles, fell into gang membership and was eventually deported to a country he had never previously visited. What happened next is what makes his story special.
Over ten years later, some of those kids have performed internationally - from Australia to Italy - and are now teachers at KK's 'Tiny Toones' centre. Over 100 children from the slums come every day to dance, to make music, to learn English, Khmer (the Cambodian language) and computing, and to enjoy the freedom to be children. It is down to KK's vision and commitment that this safe environment exists, where children can enjoy learning, explore their creativity and develop a positive sense of identity and community.
You will be able to volunteer at High Tides International in 2019.
High Tides touched the heart of us in Volunteer Abroad as they are a small organization looking to deliver the very basic needs of humans to children in Peru. That they have activities set up that every child needs in order to successfully develop social skills, confidence and just having a fun non-stressful time of the day. In Denmark, we have places that children go to after school, where they literally just play, are active in learning new sports and use their imagination which leads to the development on the self. We want third world countries to be able to have these places too, but obviously, it must be for free, as we know that the families do not have the same recourses as we do in Denmark, but that should not mean the children shouldn't have the same possibilities. That is why we want to support and be a part of High Tides International.
Welcome to High Tides International!
High Tides International is a Canadian non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an outlet for education, creativity and self-exploration in communities where resources are needed. Our current area of focus is Northern Peru. We have opened two community centers in the town of Lobitos through which we run our programs: Girls Club, yoga classes, and a library. We have goals of being able to offer post-secondary scholarships to local youth, and to complete a pool restoration project to be able to offer community swimming lessons for people of all ages.
We believe that through these programs we can help individuals grow up to be healthy, have access to higher education, the tools to reach their full potential and meet their personal goals.
Throughout the past two years these programs have organically come together from the help of engaged community members and foreign residents of Lobitos alike. We found that it was about time to formally recognize these programs and their outgoing and creative participants.
Gili Eco Trust, or Yayasan Ekosistem Gili indah, is an NGO based on Gili Trawangan. It was founded in 2000 to protect the coral reefs around the Gili islands from destructive fishing. In 1999 local fishermen founded the SATGAS to patrol the waters around the three Gili islands. At that time there was a lot of dynamite and cyanide fishing, destroying all the coral and killing the aquatic life inhabiting the reefs. Coral reefs had been left in a disastrous state after the intense El Niño in 1997-1998. The local population reacted and started to organize patrols around the islands in order to eliminate and educate against the bad fishing practices. An agreement was concluded between the fishermen, defining the legal techniques of fishing, limited to certain authorized zones, with the purpose of putting an end to dynamite and cyanide fishing practices.
The organization was suggested by an inhabitant of Bali. We again looked at the website learned about what their goals and work and contacted them. The importance of their work is huge, and their field work with the disadvantaged touches your heart immediately. We plan to visit them in 2019.
Welcome to Solmen!
Yayasan Solemen Indonesia ('Solemen'), an Indonesian non -profit foundation, provides direct support and funding for the disadvantaged and 'diffabled' (differently abled) in Bali. Established in October 2010, Solemen is one of Bali's most trusted and visible charities. The Governor of Bali is Solemen's 'Pelindung' (Guardian/Patron) and the charity is endorsed by the Bali Government Tourism Office and the Bali Hotels Association.