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DevXchange is an organization of volunteers. Lead members are not hired and no member benefits financially from their project involvement. We are volunteers and we continue to need and welcome volunteers.

Opportunities for volunteer service exist in Canada (helping with office administration and fundraising) and overseas (working with our national partners). DevXchange has three types of overseas volunteers.

OVERSEAS VOLUNTEERS

Voluntourism

Voluntourist are travelers who want to engage in volunteer work (minimum five days) while vacationing or traveling to some specific destination, they can volunteer at any of our overseas projects. To find a project that interests you look through our project page. (only costs directly associated with volunteer work are eligible for a charitable receipt).

Take Panama “AID4Guna”, for example. Every year volunteer dentists, hygienists, and eye doctors visit Panama.  This provides a valuable service as well cultural learning experience.

Millennials on the Move

Millennials on the move is designed especially for recent college or university graduates in the age bracket of 21-30. These volunteer opportunities range from 1 month to a year, are normally more structured and provide the graduate with an intern type experience. The volunteer works along side a national counterpart.

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Tara Heittola (above) graduated from Georgian College/Laurentian Univ. with a degree in psychology and volunteered for 3 months in Ethiopia with the Kale Hewet Church in Ethiopia, working with street kids, giving soccer lessons and teaching English

Project Lead Member

The project lead members basically designs their own volunteer project, they need good in-country contacts and must have a good relationship with their national partner. Their assignment is generally on an annual basis, but their commitment is long-term. Take a look at some of our project lead member’s projects here.

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Bob and Sue Black (along with their daughters Sarah and Rachel) ‘pioneered’ this volunteer experience in Ethiopia, but there are now more than 40 lead members following in their tracks.

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 TYPES OF VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer with DevXchange

DevXchange is always looking for new volunteers to help with website design, finances, organization and administration. We are based in Barrie, Ontario, but we have volunteer from all over the country. Please contact us to find out more about our volunteer opportunities.

Omia ia a York Schulich School of business student who chose to volunteer with DevXchange over her 2014 summer break. She helped with organizing DevXchange’s finances, accounting and data up keep.

Volunteer With One of Our Projects

Many of our projects are looking for people to help them with administration, organization and fundraising here in Canada. You can either find a project that interests you on and email them or email DevXchange below.

DSC_0428The Bracey/Stefan family had a team of people who helped them fundraise for their project in Kenya. By combining their resources they were able to raise over $15 000 by holding events like a clothing swap, bottle drive and bake sale.

Criteria for DevXchange Overseas Volunteers

1. Project Is consistent with our core values and approved by Executive Director.

2. Volunteer involvement is clearly defined and endorsed by national implementing partner

3. Volunteer raises funds for their transportation and expenses and contributes as able to project costs

4. Volunteer assumes all risks and liabilities

5. Volunteer is expected to participate in relevant training and orientation opportunities

Members and volunteers are encouraged to read our manual  “Helping People Overseas”  about making a positive and lasting impact with their work overseas.

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“Volunteering in Kenya was one of the best experiences of my life, we got to see a completely different way of life and experience the Kenyan culture first hand. The locals really appreciated us being there and were always so happy to see us. We made friendships and connections that will last a life time”

– Tia Satyajit, Kenya Voluntourist 2014