International Disaster Volunteers
95% Rating
(6 Reviews)

International Disaster Volunteers

IDV is an England and Wales Registered Charity that helps disaster affected and at risk communities worldwide find sustainable solutions to the problems they face.

At IDV, we focus on long-term disaster recovery. This means that rather than focusing on the immediate after-effects of a disaster, we focus on recovery. We help make communities more able to meet their own needs in the long-term.

Our work focuses on education, rebuilding key infrastructures and, most importantly, giving survivors control of their own recovery.

When you join us in Nepal, you'll work along side disaster survivors and community leaders helping traumatised children cope with the disaster's effects, rebuilding schools and supporting community projects.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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David
Male
33 years old
Exmouth, Devon
University of East Anglia

Make a real difference, explore a new culture

10/10

If you want to experience another culture and really make a difference to the communities you are working in, then this is the ideal program for you. Because it operates at a grassroots level you are directly involved with the people who you are assisting and you can see straight away the difference you are making. The projects are well resourced, well managed and strive to work in partnership with local communities and local organizations. If you've got just a few weeks or a few months I definitely recommend volunteering with IDV.

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Anttoni
Male
42 years old
La Linea, Spain
Other

An IDV Volunteer in Tacloban

9/10

My Experience as a volunteer for IDV in Tacloban has definitely been a positive one. I've been staying at their base for five weeks now and IDV have been able to provide a variety of interesting projects to participate in, as well as three nutritious and tasty meals a day

The safety standards are also high at IDV, as volunteers are given proper training regarding projects as well as general health and safety related education on frequent basis

I can recommend IDV for anyone who's willing to spend some time abroad doing volunteer work for a disaster affected community

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Sofie
Female
24 years old
Banaba, San Mateo

A fantastic adventure!

10/10

I have been in Banaba with EDV for 2 weeks now and I absolutly love it! I have had the oppurtunity to help out on the construcion sight even if I did not have any experience from it before and I have learnt a lot (like building a roof!). Its hard work but a lot of fun and the local organisation Buklod Tao, that we work with, is absolutly helpful and appreciate our help to 100%.

We have no started with IT-training for some of the members in Buklod Tao and the first lesson went great. To work with the EDV is a great adventure for me and I really hoped that I had more than 2 weeks left! If you want to volunteer I can strongly recomend EDV, here is something for everyone and you will not regret it!

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Nicole
Female
42 years old
Barcelona, Spain
Other

Amazing and worthwhile experience! Do it!

9/10

I arrived about three weeks ago to volunteer at EDV’s here in the Philippines. EDV is momentarily supporting a local organisation called Buklod Tao which is focused on helping people in areas vulnerable to flooding and disasters by running disaster risk reduction and prevention management.

From the very first moment I felt very welcomed and integrated in the EDV team. The atmosphere is comfortable and pleasant. We are working during the day either in the office or directly on site at Buklod Tao, and relaxing in the evening and just having a good time. But not only the EDV team makes me feel so comfortable here, it is as well the experience with the locals and the Filipinos as such. Always helpful and smiling, making your stay as much as pleasant as possible.

EDV is running different projects from capacity building to different programs, such as youth or IT programs. I am supporting right now the paralegal team from Buklod Tao by running a paralegal program in different areas, e.g. Violence against women and children, allocation of funds for disaster risk prevention and management as well as procedures against activities with negative environmental effects. Since Buklod Tao showed interest in these areas, and already had started to work on some of them, they were very pleased to have a lawyer to support them with their issues and help to enforce their interests and legal rights, as well as giving them advice and directions how to proceed on their own once I have to leave.

My experience working with them is just amazing. I have seldom seen so much commitment and enthusiasm, especially the variety of their ideas and their straightforward approach to tackle the problems impressed me massively. Besides, the people are so thankful for any help and support with their problems and issues - I was stunned how much they show their gratitude and it demonstrates me that it was definitely the right decision to join EDV in their project here.

This is one of these experiences you will never regret. Just do it.

How can this program be improved?

If you are doing a specific program as I do in a shorter period of time, then of course you will not always have a chance to see the outcomes while you are here, which is a bit of a shame. Therefore, often it is worth considering to stay longer, especially because it could be a bigger support for the community of Bukod Tao. But on the other hand, it is always possible to keep in touch with the people and support them via Internet from abroad, so any support - either for a few weeks or for longer is always a help.

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scott
Male
42 years old
plymouth uk

Hands on and completly emersing

9/10

As i am a builder i worked on the evacuation centre site. We were welcomed by all the local community and i found the experience very rewarding. There are, however, other projects to contribute to. The local youth group is fun and dynamic, there are flood defences and erosion control measures to get stuck into and even boat building for rescue boats when the floods do come.

The EDV have a lovely house to live in, where you will be welcomed and very well looked after. The community you will live in is very safe and very friendly.

I am a firm believer in the EDV's approach to volunteer led programs with carefully placed funding where it is truly needed and has the longevity to make a real and sustainable difference to peoples lives.

How can this program be improved?

only thing i would change.......air con

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