If you are applying to begin service in January, you should apply by July 1 of the previous year. If you are applying to begin service in July, you should apply by January 1 of the same year. If you miss these deadlines, you should still apply, as positions continue to open even after our deadlines. Please apply here.
All volunteers must submit a health statement, completed by their physician (English | Spanish). Volunteers will also sign a code of conduct, as well as other contracts stipulating the rules and agreements of volunteer service. Volunteers must submit a background check prior to service.
Yes. Spanish language skills will be critical for your success as a volunteer. We require that all volunteers be able to understand and speak Spanish. Some positions require more advanced language skills. We will assess your language abilities in your interview. If we determine that you do not have adequate Spanish skills, you will be required to attend immersion language school at your own expense in the NPH program country before beginning volunteer service. Please keep this in mind as you apply.
Our volunteers’ safety is always our priority. We recognize that the NPH homes are located in countries that are prone to violence and crime. Prior to departure, you will receive safety guidance, and upon arrival in the NPH home, you will receive an in-depth orientation in which you will be given the tools and information necessary to have a safe and enjoyable experience abroad. Go to Health and Safety for more information on how to stay safe during volunteer service.
Read our volunteer testimonials to get a glimpse at the everyday life of a volunteer. As a volunteer with NPH, you will work hard but receive much more in return, including professional skills and abilities that will prepare you for your future career.
The NPH volunteer experience consists of three components—your work placement, the time you spend with the children, and your participation in NPH community life. Though your schedule will vary depending on your work placement, volunteers generally work in the morning and early afternoons in their work placements. All volunteers are also required to spend time in the evenings and every other weekend with a specific section of children. This time with the children allows you to get to know the children better and form meaningful relationships with them outside of your work placement. Additionally, you will be required to participate in community events such as holidays, special celebrations, or other activities in the NPH home.
All volunteers have every other weekend off, giving you time to rest and leave the NPH property.
Our NPH homes vary in size, and some have more available volunteer positions. As a volunteer you will live and work with other volunteers from around the world. Some homes have smaller volunteer communities of only three to five volunteers, whereas other homes have larger volunteer communities that host up to 20 volunteers at a time.
All volunteers are required to live on NPH property. NPH provides free housing to all volunteers. You will be required to share a room with at least one other volunteer. The volunteer houses differ in size and amenities in each NPH home. Read more about each NPH home’s volunteer program to get a better idea of the context.
Good health is of utmost importance for volunteers. Pre-existing conditions do not disqualify an applicant from service, but it can be difficult to get the same type of care you may have in your country of origin. Volunteers have access to basic primary healthcare services provided by NPH in our onsite clinics. NPH purchases health insurance with international coverage for all volunteers. Extraordinary care can be sought outside of NPH, but volunteers must assume all costs and burden of the services beyond the costs covered by insurance. Read more about health and safety during volunteer service.
Volunteers are provided with all meals free of cost during their volunteer service. However, these meals consist of the same food provided to all of the kids and staff at NPH. We cannot prepare special meals for volunteers with dietary restrictions. Therefore, volunteers who have special diets must assume the cost of purchasing additional or supplemental food.
All volunteers receive 22 vacation days after completing four months of service. Volunteers may use this time to travel in their country of service, or even to plan a trip home. We ask that volunteers do not take vacation days during important events and holidays, including Christmas and New Years in most homes. As part of your orientation, your volunteer coordinator will inform you during which dates you may not take vacation.