International Humanity Foundation

Rating: 4.39 stars   89 reviews


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.

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

IHF was my first volunteering experience. I was so nervous about traveling and going on my own but they made my experience amazing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was so grateful that I found IHF at that time, I looked for some foundation that offered volunteering activity near my homevillage. Thanks in abudance towards IHF because they give me a very valuable experience as a local volunteer. Even I just make a little movement but personally I've gained a good feeling, a kind of satisfication for being useful to my community, I can share and transfer knowledge to our young generation for their betterment in the future. Besides that, as a young Balinese I am so curious about overseas countries, their people and culture as well. Therefore, IHF provides that precious moment to work and interact with those fellow volunteers from different countries. I'd love the way my fellow friends engange themselves toward our community here. They are very adaptable. Such a great experience to be here. Thank you for helping my people here, IHF

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at the Bali Center for two weeks now. The co-directors and kids have been very welcoming. I have enjoyed my time so far learning about all that IHF does for the community the center is located, and about what the other centers provide to the children as well. I will be here for 6 more weeks, and am excited to see what those six weeks bring on this beautiful island.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I stayed two weeks at IHF Bali center, and it was the most amazing experience volunteering ever. The codirectors were so nice and helpful with me, and the children were above my expectations: kind, amazing, everyday motivated to learn and grow, always with a smile and thankful with the IHF work and all the people involved!
I really think two weeks is not enough, but if you want, you can really help and make a change. IHF really make a change and I want to go back so much to keep helping them grow!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Time in Bali center is really an unforgettable experience in my life. Everyone is kind n friendly to me, we from different country but still had a good time. I really enjoyed the culture crashed with them. Hope the guys come there in the future also enjoy themselves~

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Rating: 5 stars  

Amazing summer ever with International Humanity Foundaion, I gained lots of knowledge there.
I love children, co-directers, international volunteer. They are kindly and friendly a lots.
I had wished that I would have more time than to teach and play with children in Jakarta, Indonesia. So If I have a chance, I surely take part to become a volunteer in other center of IHF again.
Let's be an international volunteer. it makes you're better than ever :D

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Rating: 4 stars  

I couldn't have asked for a more enriching experience within my 2 months at IHF, Bali center. Their welcoming spirit and encouragement helps create a beautiful platform for young professionals from all around the world to grow together and make a difference.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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IHF does great work within the communities it works in. I volunteered last year in one of their Indonesian centers and it was one of the best experiences of my life!

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Rating: 4 stars  

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Deanna, IHF Chiang Rai, Thailand.

At the start of the year I finished my university degree in Australia and thought it would be the perfect time to travel and do some volunteering work. I found an ad posting on my university website and was immediately drawn to doing the Work-Study Program in Chiang Rai. I liked the idea of not only volunteering in the centre but also getting hands-on experience working for an NGO and seeing how an organisation run by volunteers worked. The thing that attracted me to volunteering at Chiang Rai was the young ones who live here are from a Lahu Hilltribe village, an extremely marginalised group that I wanted to learn more about and understand the challenges they face.

I had done a small amount of volunteering work in Australia but had never undertook something like this. I always had an interest in International Development and thought, if I don’t do this now then I will never do it! So I applied, was accepted and before I knew it I was on a plane to Thailand. I am coming to the end of my four weeks of volunteering and cannot believe how quickly the time has gone. Before I arrived I didn't know what to expect, luckily, everyone here has been welcoming & extremely kind. I am living with 5 incredible teenagers who are intelligent, funny, at times cheeky, but also caring. They look out for each other and I often find them looking out for me. We have had a lot of fun together, especially teaching guitar and playing music around the house. Music can work in such a special way, as it has demonstrated to me that it can help to overcome language and communication barriers. My time so far has not been without its challenges, and getting to know each other has, of coarse, taken time, but that is all part of the experience.

I feel so lucky to have this opportunity and will miss everyone dearly when I have to go. I feel extremely fortunate to have meet these incredible young people.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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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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