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International Humanity Foundation

Rating: 4.36 stars   80 reviews 4,248


4311 Pavlov Ave. San Diego CA 92110 USA


IHF envisions a world in which leaders and citizens alike have interacted with and have an astute knowledge of the world's poorest and most marginalized populations. We believe that education should be freely available to all to all those who seek it. Our volunteers agree, and wish to "pass it on" by interacting, teaching and learning while at our centers in Thailand, Indonesia, and Kenya. With just a few hours a week, our volunteers, children and sponsors are changing the world we live in. International Humanity Foundation believes in absolute transparency and functions almost entirely through efforts of a hundred plus unpaid volunteers from around the world giving their time, skills, energy and love to help our family in Kenya, Thailand and Indonesia. IHF is led by Carol Sasaki, who founded IHF 30 years ago. IHF has offices in Indonesia, Kenya, Thailand and a small part-time volunteer office in San Diego, California. But our true workplace is online and around the world, consisting of people interested in learning about the world's varied cultures. IHF is a training ground for those hoping to learn leadership skills in reducing poverty and abuse. We believe the best teacher is honestly shared experience, especially among new and veteran volunteers alike. IHF has been run for many years only by Carol and locals around the centers who learn through trial and error. Recently however, volunteers worldwide have also joined in and gained knowledge through personal experience. IHF is a non-religious, non-political, non-profit organization that strongly believes in an equal opportunity for all and in preserving the cultures, traditions and beliefs of the marginalized communities it works in.

Target demographics:

Children and Young Adults

Direct beneficiaries per year:

more than 1,000 children

Geographic areas served:

Africa and Asia


The Education Program (TEP), Orphan sponsorship, Famine Feed, Survival Program, and Tribal Peace Farm.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Co-Director in Chiang Rai, Vounteer experience with IHF

Hi I'm Sarah, I'm from Switzerland and I'm a financial advisor.
I have been in Chiang Rai, IHF center for more than one month.
I really would like to explain to everyone how special this opportunity is.
You will meet 5 smart, clever, funny, happy, intelligent and self-employed persons.
They don't need us,.. in this reality sometimes we need them and they can do whatever.
They would like to receive attention, affection, and time to show us all what they are able to do but at the same time remember, they are not able to ask for important things.
They feel that they already receive a lot and are always thankful for all that they can have at the center.
They are young men and women, they are proud and know that in order to secure a future they must and will continue to fight against many prejudices and against the ignorance of others, and with those who have achieved things more easily due to their advantages and financial stabilities. That's why they don't like to say thank you too much.
But if you thank them for all the amazing and wonderful things that they are able to do and to teach you, then they will be very grateful. They are very respectful and they have so much to give and share. You will be surprised to see how much they can give when they don't have much, they will share that little bit that they have with you. One face, one smile, one word here is able to open and melt the heart of anyone.
Whoever is going to have a voluntary experience should remember that this is their home, we are guests, we need to adapt ourselves for them. It is only in this way that the young ones are able to open up to you, and allow you to participate in their lives and share with you the good and bad moments. Yes, sometimes there are some misunderstandings and some problems, but this happens in all the best families too. What these young ones need is someone that is able to demonstrate that they can take care of them, like a big, strange but lovely family.

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I had volunteered a little before, but never for an actual NGO. When looking for possibilities in Asia, I found IHF and was inspired by the work it does for children and the local communities. I needed NGO work experience for my future and IHF seemed like a good choice, so I applied and was placed at Medan. I work on my international online tasks in the morning and early afternoon, then in the evenings, I help teach English to some of the classes. The center here offers additional education to supplement the lacking school system. On Fridays, I lead the Special Activities class that allows the children to experience things outside of standard curriculums, such as arts and crafts or cultural exchange programs. The center also visits TEP students who don’t attend the evening classes, but who have sponsors to help them with daily living and their school costs. The children are full of energy and always smiling and the volunteers enjoy being with them. In my short time here as a Work-Study Volunteer, I’ve learnt a lot about how an NGO works with it’s staff and community and skills that will be useful in my future.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Ive volunteered at two IHF centers and was always met with warm smiles and genuine people. Its a refreshing change from other organizations I've worked with.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been in this nonprofit since one month ago. Our labor here is giving an opportunity of learning English and Computer to a lot of children and help them to improve the basical indonesian education. I really love this, what we do in an awesome enviroment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I stayed at IHF in Bali earlier this year and felt at home right away. The impact that IHF has on the community around it is evident. When people know you volunteer for IHF they always greet you warmly. I cant recommend IHF enough. The children really need help with their English and IHF gives them the conversational skills they need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with IHF Bali and had such a great experience. The children were so eager to learn and the staff really took care of me. Ive used other volunteer organizations before but always ended up feeling like it was just a money grab. With IHF, I saw how the money went directly to the children's care.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am Ilya Katrinnada from Singapore and I am a student at Yale-NUS College. Over the summer, I interned at the IHF Banda Aceh center in Indonesia as a work-study volunteer. Since I was in elementary school, I have been wanting to work at an international NGO that deals with poverty, and being there meant that my childhood dream had come true. I decided to apply for an Indonesian center because I can communicate in the local language, and also because I wanted a place to comfortably experience my first Ramadan (the Islamic month during which Muslims fast from dawn till dusk) outside of my home country. And also because Indonesia, for various reasons, has a special place in my heart. Three months ago, when I first told some of my friends that I was heading to Banda Aceh, I received mixed reactions. A handful warned me about the strict enforcement of Shariah Law, some told me that there is nothing much to do here, and many others were really excited for me. Regardless of what people had said, I was very happy to be spending my summer break with IHF Banda Aceh. From teaching introductory sentences to kids as young as seven years of age and facilitating intellectual discussions amongst high school students, to receiving an Acehnese birthday bash involving flour, bird eggs and water from the drain, and smiling at passers-by while riding through the countryside en route to watching the sunset at the beach, my days were nothing short of amazing. My experience had taught me so much. Firstly, I learnt the intricacies of running an international NGO. My online tasks exposed me to what occurs behind the scenes, such as promoting IHF to people all over the world and finding sponsorships for deserving children (which is always very rewarding). On the other hand, my at-center tasks showed me the importance of being spontaneous and flexible – no matter how many students turn up for lessons or activities, the show must go on. Secondly, I learnt that in order to win a child’s heart, it is important to know how to play his game. During my time there, I taught taekwondo to some of the younger kids. Some of the boys already had some knowledge of martial arts, and I feel that this common ground really helped me establish a connection with them. We moved from martial arts to playing football and volleyball, and just talking about life. Thirdly, I learnt the value of community. There was a strong sense of community in Aceh, and this was portrayed every day when kids and volunteers from various ages and backgrounds walked through IHF’s gates. We taught each other and learnt from one another. We always had a good time together, and the more people there were, the merrier it was. To me, IHF was more than just a center – it was indeed a family. And the moment you decide to join us, you will immediately be welcomed with open arms.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am a rising senior at a college in New York, United States, who is nearly finishing her volunteering time for the International Humanity Foundation in Bali, Indonesia.
At school, I am studying politics, with an international focus so traveling experiences are a huge supplement to my education. I decided to volunteer for IHF to learn more about the running of NGOs, live in a different part of the world, and contribute my time to the betterment of others.
IHF is an international NGO that has education centers (Indonesia) and children homes (Thailand, Kenya) where people can volunteer and donate money towards improving the lives of young ones in need. The IHF Bali location hosts activities and supplemental English, math and computer classes for locals in the neighboring areas. As a volunteer, I am awarded the opportunity to help teach these classes and host activities to have fun with the kids.
It has been an enjoyable experience to interact with so many sweet kids. Everyone in the community is so friendly, as it is impossible to walk past someone without expecting a greeting. I have learned that, despite cultural difference, the Indonesian children are very much similar to ones back in my country. Indonesian kids love to dance, sing, play around, and learn from volunteers, such as myself, and others of IHF. Overall, I feel that I have learned a lot from the experience and appreciate the chance to have lived in such a nice community in Bali.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was originally following the one-month program, but after all the fun that I had I have changed my program to 6 weeks. This has to be one of the best experiences I have ever had so far. I can never imagine I could have this much fun teaching and traveling at the same time. It is one of the best things to see kids' smiles and how much they are keen to study just shocks me. I would make the same choice again if I ever get a chance like this.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Already finishing up my third week volunteering with IHF, it's today I officially start counting down the last week. This work-study volunteer opportunity is a life experience I will never forget. The welcoming Banda Aceh community, loving children, beautiful scenery and fascinating attractions are just a few of the reasons I will really miss this place once my time here is done.

I've always thought it would feel great to volunteer for an NGO overseas whether it be administrative work, natural disaster clean-up, building or teaching but could never find a short-term opportunity. Knowing I was not in a position to leave for more than a couple months at the most, I left the idea on the back burner. Then I came across International Humanity Foundation on the Volunteer Canada website. Now, instead of having no option, I had 2 short-term options to choose from!

I knew two weeks would not be enough time for me to get an experience which would fulfill my expectations (IHF's voluntourist program), so I chose the four week work-study program; I am so glad I did, and part of me wishes I could stay longer. Although three weeks is a relatively short period, it's enough to give me idea of what it's like to life with less at my fingertips and in turn have such an appreciation for what I have.

The families here are so friendly, always wanting to take the international volunteers around to show Aceh's attractions; museums, shops and beaches to name a few. They enjoy hearing stories about where the volunteers are from, their culture and stories from back home. Wanting to introduce us to their friends and expose us to much of the beautiful Aceh life as possible in the limited times we are all here for.

Along with the local volunteers, the other international volunteers here at IHF Aceh make this a really comfortable experience; I've never had a moment where I didn't feel safe or taken care of. We spend most of our days in each others company and really look out for one another. I could not have asked for a better “fill-in|” family to spend these last three weeks with.

Not only are the people here amazing, the experience in itself is what makes this so memorable. Teaching these passionate, dedicated students to piece together proper English sentences, making new friends from different parts of the world, eating authentic Indonesian meals and even learning a bit of the Indonesian language along the way is just a small slice of my Aceh life list.

Now having a better idea of what's it like to be more involved with IHF; how they operate, spend their money, connect with the community and recruit for volunteers (international and local) and students, will give more confidence in applying for the next short-term volunteer opportunity which comes my way. My passion for volunteering for those in need has increased over the last three weeks thanks to the experience I'm having here. Fundraising, recruiting and forever telling stories about my life changing adventure with IHF Aceh will continue on for a very long time.

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