I've volunteered three times with All Hands Volunteers, 2008-9 and 2011 in Haiti and 2009-10 in Indonesia. Each project is different, but they all share a passion to help devastated communities in their time of greatest need. It's not glamorous work, and that's what makes it so rewarding. The staff are dedicated to making the maximum impact with volunteer time and donor resources. All Hands is a truly special organization that I'm proud to be involved with.
I volunteered on Project Tohoku, and I am forever grateful to All Hands for allowing me to get in the field and be a small part of the recovery in Ofunato city. They engage their volunteers in high-impact work and restore joy to communities in need. I wear my All Hands shirt with pride and would love to join one of their projects again in the future!
After living through the earthquake and seeing the destruction the resulting tsunami caused I knew I wanted to help the wonderful people of Japan. It took me a few months of searching for the right organization before I found All Hands. I originally signed up for one week but after having such a great experience that first week, I returned for two more one week stints. I felt the work I was doing was worth while and very appreciated. I would definitely recommend this organization to anyone looking for volunteer work.
We asked them for help in Ofunato, to help with our photo rescue operation. They came to our aid and were a great help. They have also left a lasting impression in Ofunato, especially around their base.
After first hand experiencing the March 2011 Earthquake in Japan and Volunteering with other volunteer organisations helping with relief effort All Hands was the first on site organisation that allowed and made it so accessible for a person like me and others of the same heart to directly help people effected by the tsunami. For which I consequently spent 6+ months on All Hands Project Tohoku working along side the most amazing people doing the most fantastic things possible. The best, most hard working dysfunctional family you will ever have.
Volunteering with All Hands have honestly been some of the greatest times of my life. Whenever a natural disaster occurs I intently follow All Hands to see if they are planning on sending a response team. I know that not only will the community be better off with All Hands by their side, but I will do whatever possible to get to the project.
When I decided to change the direction of my life I began searching for a volunteer organization that was really 'on the ground' cutting thru the red tape BS and just getting the job done - and knew the definition of 'volunteer' (so many other orgs CHARGE their volunteers...huh?). One where I felt like the dollar someone donated was actually getting to the site and helping those in need. All Hands Volunteers is just that type of organization. See a need, fill it. Don't monkey around sending it to some committee somewhere offsite for them to ponder for a couple of weeks...assess it right there, see if they have the manpower onsite...and DO IT! We sleep in tents and sleeping bags - no hotels. We use public transit - no private air conditioned vans carting us around. We eat local food - no flown in t-bones or cucumbers. Did I mention they get sh*t done? Oh you betcha! Can't imagine a better organization out there that doesn't CHARGE ME to show up and volunteer my life to help others.
I volunteered with All Hands in Japan for a week in August 2011. Along with so much else, I truly appreciated that there was a wide range of work we could chose from, community events that All Hands organized the volunteers to be able to participate in, and flexibility in commitment. I was unfortunately only able to stay for a week, but I gained SO much from the experience, not only working with amazing people around the world who share the same passion, but also through meeting and interacting with the community affected. I feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon this organization and thankful for All Hands for providing people an easy opportunity to help out and make as much of a difference as we can.
All Hands is a fantastic organization that has positively impacted many communities around the world, as well as thousands of volunteers from all over the world. Project Tohoku with All Hands was a life-changing experience for me as a volunteer. In my 2 short months there I saw a lot of accomplishments within both the infrastructure of the city we were based in, and the social well being of the community. All Hands truly is a hope giving organization that does great work. I highly recommend them to any and everyone.
I joined All Hands in Haiti and it was a life changing event for me. It was the first time I had ever been out of the country! I spent six weeks in the heat of Haiti, literally! There was always something exciting going on and people to talk with. Like I said this organization and this trip opened my eyes up more than I thought it would! I was able to meet new friends from all over the world. The organization was run smoothly and pretty darn organized considering the circumstances of where we were. They were always concerned about our well being and I never worried about my safety even while in dangerous situations. The people in Haiti and the volunteers are those to be remembered and honored!!