Being the overly cautious type, I watched All Hands from afar for about a year before I joined a project. I first volunteered with AHV in Nepal. I came for 5 weeks with the thought that if I hated it I could easily survive for that long. Well guess what, I loved it. Just 2 short months later I am now back in Nepal with AHV again. This time my husband joined me and we are staying 3 months. I have no doubt that we will join yet another AHV project in the future.
I only spent 2 weeks with this charity but even in that short amount of time I learnt so much and had the most incredible experience (I would have extended if I could have!). The staff at base were helpful, understanding and cared for each volunteer, making sure they got fully involved and learnt what they could, even if we were limited for time. The sense of community on base and off is amazing. You really do immerse yourself in the community. I spent most of my 2 weeks working, dancing, singing and chatting with the local carpenters and volunteers which shifting concrete and helping build foundations for a new dormitory for children (the site was called Streetlight). I enjoyed it so much I passed on my experience to 3 friends who are now there loving it as much as I did. It really is a cause that you feel close to and it feels like you are making a practical difference, using your skills and acquiring new ones as you work. I couldn't recommend it enough to new and old volunteers alike.
Excellent volunteer experience.you get a sense of family and camaraderie,plus the work done is beyond rewarding.
AHV is a great way to actually get your hands dirty and make a difference instead of just wondering where the money you donate goes when you send 3quid to a massive organisation. You definitely feel like you're helping so many people and theres loads of ways to use your own skills to improve the running of things or even just help other volunteers learn how to do something like, oh I don't know, build a house!
I am from Philippines and has volunteered in Tacloban, Leyte which was devastated by the typhoon Haiyan last November 2013.
Being a first time volunteer, i can't help but be nervous, but after a day I was able to fit in and feel in love with AHV in their amazing job that they have done with the people of Leyte where they built homes and repaired boats in Samar which was their livelihood. And also being a Filipino I was able to communicate better with the locals and was able to hear their amazing story of survival during the typhoon and have said that the only NGO actively working in rebuilding and helping the community was AHV, in fact almost 2 years on after the typhoon Haiyan you can still see AHV volunteers working, organized fundraising and challeging themselves like shaving their hair for fundraising.
They have made friends with the locals and already considered AHV as their extended family member which really inspired me to volunteer again for AHV.
I had great two months working with All Hands in Tacloban, Philippines. It's a great organisation with loads of opportunities to get involve with projects at all levels. The staff are great, housing and food absolutely fine and they attract great volunteers from all over the world. If you want to make a difference and are happy to get dirty and sweaty, AHV are fab. I loved it and would have spent longer on project if my life allowed. I highly recommend this organisation
I had an amazing experience with AHVs! A team oriented organization that really give warm hands to people in need! To top a cherry, they are one of the very few organizations that provide their volunteers accomandation and foods!
Originally committed to a month and a half with all hands but quickly decided I wanted to extend to five months. A really great experience so far. Will definitely be joining then again.
This is a place where all kinds of people can come together from across the world and participate and contribute to making a difference in people's lives. No level of experience is required which means that it remains open to everyone and people can come and bring their expertise.
It's a great organisation to be part of and a place you will return to time and time again!
I volunteered with All Hands in Brooklyn in 2015. I had planned to stay for 2 weeks, during my summer vacation. The staff was amazing, there were volunteers from so many places, the atmosphere was better than I could have wished for. After 10 days I extended my stay to 3 weeks. Every day at work I learned new things. There were people with no former experience as well as others who were familiar with tools or have build before. There were tasks for each and every one of us.
I can't wait to volunteer with All Hands again! I recommend them to everyone, looking for a way to help out, no matter if physically at the sites or by donating. In the end every little thing helps!