NPH USA

NPH USA

About

Founded in 1954, Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH, SPanish for "Our Little Brothers and Sisters" strives to create a loving and safe family environment for vulnerable children living in extreme conditions. Through comprehensive education, healthcare and spiritual formation, NPH gives the children opportunity to develop their potential, sharing better futures for themselves, their families and communities. NPH supports more that 5,000 boys and girls in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.

Volunteers are important members of the NPH family. Our volunteers serve alongside the local staff, and provide services that are hard to find in Latin America. All volunteers hold a job during the day and spend time each evening with children. Our volunteers come from around the world, and live in community at the NPH homes. We accept single volunteers, married couples and families.

Volunteers must commit to 13 months!

Website
www.nphusa.org
Founded
1954
Headquarters

134 N LaSalle St, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60602
United States

Reviews

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Ruth
10/10

I did Physical Therapy at the Haiti out patient clinic at the school for 2 weeks. I did mostly stroke out patient. Most patient were open and glad to have me help them. A highlight was getting daily hugs from the school children that attended there.The biggest obstacle was no translator and most staff did not know English. The staff was awesome and helpful. I was able to spend one night in Kenskoff in the orphanage. What a joy to see the children happy and content. There was so much ongoing maintenance work to be done that I felt a handy man from the states could do easily. My overall experience was one that changed me forever and I will always have the love of Haitians til the day I die. Thanks you Gena and Norma for making this happen

How can this program be improved?
A translator
Yes, I recommend
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SFienHelfman
10/10

Best year of my life - This program had a huge impact on my life, personal development, and my current work and aspirations. I made friendships with the girls and other volunteers that have lasted long after the program's end, and I've already been back to Guatemala twice to visit.

If you're someone who likes adventure, and is willing to give your all for a year - but get a lifetime of experience back in return - this is the program for you.

Yes, I recommend
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PT
10/10

I'm so thankful for the 13 months I spent volunteering at NPH Honduras as a physical therapist. The community of international volunteers was wonderful support and also a lot of fun. My role as the physical therapist was fun and challenging, but the best part of the year was being a part of one of houses of girls. Every evening and every other weekend each volunteer spends time with their "family" of kids. I love those girls. We did homework together, got their school uniforms ready, played games, read books...
The NPH Honduras orphanage, the Ranch, felt very safe to me. Everyone other weekend the volunteers had free and we saw some other parts of the country. You won't regret spending a year with NPH.

Yes, I recommend
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Elizabeth
10/10

NPH provides a wonderful home for children who have had a hard life. The volunteer program is a great experience and you really make a difference for the children. You will form amazing relationships- guaranteed! I volunteered in 2008. When I was there, the volunteers worked 10 days, then had 4 off to travel, relax, whatever. The volunteers live in the NPH home, but have a separate house. Free room and board is a huge plus of this program compared to many I found in Nicaragua. There are volunteers from all over the world, but mostly the US and Europe. The other volunteers are great support because they are going through the same issues you are adjusting to another culture and being away from family and friends.

During a normal weekday, you would spend the majority of the day doing your "job" - English teacher, tutor, therapist, etc. The late afternoons and evenings are spent hanging out with the kids in their homes. During the weekends the volunteers often help plan games and activities for the children, as well as simply spending time with them reading, playing cards, or watching movies.

The Nicaraguan home is brand new; the children moved from the old location on Ometepe in 2009 and 2010. Some non-essential buildings are still being constructed, which makes it an exciting place to be. Every time I go back to visit there are new changes. The new home is already very nice and the changes just make it nicer. The home itself is completely safe.

Nicaragua is a great country that is very welcoming to travelers. The NPH home is located in a great area for travel. The buses are cheap and you can go all over the country. Nicaragua is actually a pretty safe country. It's important to take normal traveling precautions, but I never had any problems in my whole year there, or in any of my other trips to Nicaragua before or after.

Overall, I completely recommend this program to anyone looking for a volunteer opportunity that really makes a difference for kids. Plus you can stay connected to the organization once you get back. I sponsor a girl I worked with during my year of volunteering, I've helped out with fundraising events, and I've returned to visit. You really become part of the NPH family.

Yes, I recommend
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Monica
10/10

My decision to volunter at NPH was the best life decision I have ever made. The organization is the best I have seen for anyone looking to volunteer abroad.

Some important highlights:
*There is no fee to volunteer. Room and board is included along with a month stipend.
*You are not dropped in an isolated rural area alone like other programs. You live on a large ranch which can literally feel like a large family community that you become a part of. Workplaces are on site so you never have to leave.
*You live in a home with 20 volunteers from all over Europe and/or the U.S. which provides for a very supportive environment. This is ideal for having friends with whom you can travel with on the weekends or while on vacation.
*The actual site where you live and work is very safe despite the country conditions. Only when a volunteer chooses to leave the site is their concern for typical travel safety.

I first became involved with NPH in 2004. I then chose to volunteer for 1 1/2 years in 2006. I worked as a caregiver for the youngest 75 children in the home(There are over 600 kids at the orphanage). My job was truely rewarding as I grew quite close with many of the children. After hearing many of the tragic stories of which they came from, it was truely rewarding to join this organization's mission of transforming the lives of these children by helping to provide them with unconditional love, stability, and to help teach them the tools to break the cycle of poverty within their own lifes.

The best part about this organization is they do not allow adoption so volunteering with them literally felt as though you were a part of their family that was continously growing. Each child that arrives at the home stays their throughout their whole life until they graduate from college. With this mission, NPH has literally become my home away from home. I visit each year to see all the same children who are happy and smiling growing up in a safe environment with all their siblings. It's the only place where I have seen ex volunteers of an organization meet up year after year and feel like you are forever connected this this organization. I would absolutely recommend this organization to anyone.

Yes, I recommend

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