Come with us on a life changing expedition and help foster hope in Ethiopia and Malawi.
Travel as a volunteer and see the impact your donations are having.
In light of current international travel difficulties due to Covid-19, we have made the decision to place expedition travel dates on hold. Registration and fundraising are still available, but a travel date will be decided when it is reasonable to do so. We are monitoring the WHO travel recommendations and although they have not announced a travel ban, government recommendations to limit travel, and the reality of limited airline activity and restricted gathering group sizes has impacted the ability to plan for volunteer groups to travel internationally at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as we are able.
The most recent travel recommendations from WHO can be found here.
Getting involved is easy
Select your expedition, register, and submit the registration fee.
Create your fundraising page, add a profile pic and tell us little about why your getting involved.
Share your new campaign with friends and family. Fundraise and reach your goal!
Grab your passport and set off on an adventure of a lifetime.
Why should I join a Canadian Humanitarian Expedition?
Participate first hand in an international development experience. Work side by side with local individuals to develop their community while expanding your knowledge, skills, and talents.
Experience a new culture, language and way of life. Make new friends, experience the warmth of the people you will meet.
Bring lasting change to the children, families and communities you visit. Return home a new person with the experience of a lifetime.
Why should I go on a volunteer expedition with Canadian Humanitarian?
You will touch the lives of children, young adults, their foster families, and their local community in a positive and transformative way. It is an opportunity to share your professional and life skills, offering services that would otherwise not be received.
African students will share personal stories of how they overcame tremendous difficulties to survive, and how Canadian Humanitarian (CH) has given them hope for a better future. You will learn about their culture and way of life. Volunteering is a unique experience for both our children and our volunteers. It is a wonderful exchange; truly an “experience of a life time”.
What will Volunteers do on an expedition?
Activities planned for volunteers fill the gaps in skills and educational needs identified by our project partners in Africa. Each expedition is unique, based on those who make up the group. A volunteer who comes, again and again, will have a new experience with each expedition.
Activities may include visiting homes of students, repairing student homes, construction, medical, nursing, dental, social work, teaching in schools, educational training sessions, gardening, conversational English, small business training, sports, art, music and teaching basic life and public health skills. Everyone has something they can contribute as a volunteer.
A typical day is eight to ten hours, Monday to Saturday with Sunday as a day off. While some cultural and touring opportunities may be part of your group’s activities, it is not the focus of the expedition. Volunteers serve in impoverished urban and rural areas of Africa, requiring travel in vehicles, and sometimes walking.
*a physician’s note is appropriate if there are health or physical limitations.
Where Do Volunteers Stay?
Volunteers stay in guest houses, or small hotels, similar to Bed and Breakfast hospitality in North America. These accommodations provide a clean and safe environment for volunteers to experience the local culture. Consideration of each person’s safety is always a top concern whenever housing is booked for an expedition group.
What do volunteers need to travel?
- PASSPORT: A government-issued passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of return home from Africa.
- IMMUNIZATION AND HEALTH: Volunteers are responsible for their health, before, during, and after the expedition. Please consult your family doctor and local international travel health clinic to ensure protection from
diseases that may be prevalent in the countries to which you will travel.
Begin this process well before travel, as some immunization regimens take several months to complete. We strongly encourage the Yellow Fever Immunizations. You might consider obtaining a TB status result with the help of a Mantoux skin test, as a standard to measure against in the future. Bringing medications for more than the scheduled travel days is advised.
- INSURANCE: Basic flight cancellation insurance is included to partially recover flight costs should an unexpected cancellation or postponement occur. However, we advise all volunteers to obtain personal insurance for trip interruption, travel, health, accidents, baggage loss, delays, theft, or other travel hazards.
The Charity cannot be held accountable for unexpected world, climatic, war, or cataclysmic events that may cause postponement or cancellation of an expedition group.
- VISAS: Instructions for obtaining visas are in the travel briefing booklet. Volunteers are responsible for ensuring that all instructions, payments, and photos are followed to acquire a visa.
What do volunteers receive when they register?
Registered volunteers will receive:
- a comprehensive travel information booklet
- travel journal
- requested fundraising materials
- volunteer contract
- detailed information about their group.
What do volunteers need to register?
- Complete the registration form
- Criminal Clearance Certificate: we can provide a letter confirming application as a volunteer to waive or reduce the check fees.
- Provide 3 references and 1 reference letter
- A personal letter describing why you wish to volunteer
- A copy of your Passport ID pages
- $200 confirmation donation ( will be subtracted from your total donation amount)
What is the Changes or Cancellation Policy?
We understand that things can change. Volunteers may transfer their registration to someone else, or postpone and defer their donations to join a later group. This transfer of registration or deferral of donations, minus ticket transfer and administrative fees, can be done for up to one year from the date of registration.
Charitable donations are not refundable. If a volunteer fully cancels from an expedition, the volunteer and Director may discuss how funds might be allocated. However, the final decision for fund administration is at the discretion of the Charity Director.
What are Volunteer expenses?
Each volunteer is asked to raise a minimum donation for their travel group. Volunteers can raise funds through friends, family, community clubs, fundraising, pledges, and their church community. Funds raised by volunteers are tax-deductible. Donations of $20 or more receive a tax receipt. Registered volunteers may apply to Canadian Humanitarian for letters, posters, advertising, and promotional materials for travel fundraisers.
- All donations received for an expedition group are used to cover individual and travel group expenses.
Tax-deductible expenses for each volunteer include:
- return airfare from North America to Africa
- foreign housing and accommodation expenses
- foreign transportation expenses
- special activity and group project costs
- team leader expense contribution
- administrative supplies and related expenses
What is the Fundraising Target?
Minimum Donation to travel is $4500 Canadian Dollars.
*An additional donation of $2500 Canadian Dollars is required to travel to more than one country.
*Additional travel before and after the expedition dates and personal expenses are the responsibility of each volunteer and are not tax-deductible. Each volunteer is responsible for expenses that occur outside the expedition’s mandate. Canadian Humanitarian is required to abide by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) guidelines to maintain its charity status and allow these expeditions to remain tax-deductible.
What if I raise more than the minimum target?
If a volunteer raises more than their minimum amount, the additional funds may be used to fill a one-time need identified by our project managers. Such donations could allow the group to purchase blankets, cooking supplies and school items.