“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, only with what you are expecting to give, which is everything.”
In 2007, I co-founded an organization called Volunteer Alliance with a small group of inspiring new friends and co-workers in Tanzania. We wanted to start a movement of empowered and committed volunteers who see volunteering abroad as an unparalleled opportunity for humanitarian action, cultural exchange and challenging the I-thou relationship of charity. In simpler words, we found out that ‘you get what you give’– in the world of volunteerism, reciprocity, mutual-respect, community, and a humble spirit are critical to that lofty goal hidden in the heart of every volunteer: making a difference.
For three years now Brian, Natasha, Ara, Deepa, Noemi, Severin, Jimmy and I have worked to develop Volunteer Alliance, raising hundreds of dollars in continued support of our volunteer projects with schools, orphanages and HIV/Aids awareness NGOs in Tanzania, achieving tax-exempt status as a registered non-profit in the state of California, developing our website VolunteerAlliance.org, and recruiting like-minded individuals to our unique cause. Here’s a little more about us.
Our Mission: Volunteer Alliance connects you to sustainable humanitarian projects around the globe.
Volunteer Alliance promotes sustainable humanitarian projects and fosters long-lasting collaboration between volunteers and international development projects. It facilitates partnerships by providing a transparent, innovative, and informative platform to find, promote, review, and connect to charitable projects around the globe.
Our Vision: We envision a worldwide culture of service.
We envision a culture of international volunteerism, cultural exchange, economic sustainability, and innovation. We strive to help create empowered volunteers, non-profits, and placement organizations with the tools to create, maintain, and constantly improve the humanitarian projects they care about.
And now, I’m so pleased to inform you that we have introduced the Volunteer Alliance Ambassadorial Fellowship, which provides an opportunity for individuals to work on behalf of Volunteer Alliance in international volunteer placements where they build relationships with community-based organizations, engage with local communities, and contribute to the work of humanitarian projects around the globe.
Our pilot VA Ambassadors are Matthew Sellers and Victoria Akin, two University of Georgia students and recipients of the prestigious Foundation Fellowship scholarship. For the month of May, Matt and Tori are volunteering at the African Child Care Center (ACCC) in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, the same organization that four of VA’s founding members (including myself!) worked for in 2007. We at Volunteer Alliance couldn’t be happier with our selection of Matt and Tori in this important pilot role. To read more about their experiences as Volunteer Alliance Ambassadors, please check out Matt’s blog.
If you’re interested in applying for the Ambassadors program, or would like to get involved in Volunteer Alliance in any other capacity, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website. We’re a young and growing organization, and always on the look-out for creative, hard-working individuals who want to join the volunteer movement.