Frequently Asked Questions

How long has Project Humanity been around?

Formerly known as DoMissions, Project Humanity was founded in 1997, and is staffed with members who have years of knowledge in international volunteerism, travel and business experience.  DoMissions first overseas project was to Kenya where a team schooled children in a small village. Over the years its founder and CEO, Darren Tipton, led teams to such places as South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Spain, Poland, and Malta.  In 2010, DoMissions became Project Humanity with a refocused mission statement to identify and complete specific projects in rural villages that are intended to bring about meaningful benefit to the lives of individuals

Where does Project Humanity work?

Spin the globe, find equator and then place your finger on east Africa and you’ll find us – right there on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya.  All of our volunteer work is currently being done on Rusinga Island (you can Google Rusinga to see pictures!)

Is Project Humanity affiliated with any other organizations?

Yes. We are a member of the Building Bridges Coalition (BBC), a consortium of leading organizations working collaboratively to promote the field of international volunteerism.  The BBC is a project of the Brookings Institution’s Initiative on International Volunteering and Service and is comprised of international volunteer organizations, corporations, universities and colleges, government agencies, policy makers, and other stakeholders.  Check it out!

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes! Project Humanity is a 501(c)3 and cash donations made to the organization are tax deductible.  You can verify our status by searching the IRS database (EIN 20-1412543) or Guidestar.  To assist with tax preparation we’ll also provide a written letter acknowledging the donation.

What type of work do volunteers do?

Whatever your interests or skills, we have a job for you!  Project Humanity volunteers are working side-by-side with our Kenyan brothers and sisters in medical clinics, teaching in schools or the community, drilling wells, and even leading AA meetings.  Project Humanity is also working on implementing micro-finance and women empowerment projects and to bring technology to schools.  Volunteers also give a lot of hugs!

Do I have to have certain skills to volunteer?

Yes: a willingness to give of yourself, to be a member of a team committed to making a difference, and the ability to smile and give hugs.  Being able to answer questions at odd times for one of Darren’s videos is also a good skill to have!

How do I become a volunteer?

We’re always looking for volunteers to help fund raise, or to lend their skills on a special project.  You can surf the web site for posted opportunities or you can e-mail us for more info.  Looking for something more adventurous?  You can begin your international volunteer experience by clicking the button “Join a Trip” and then prepare for your journey to make a difference in other’s lives!

Is it safe to volunteer overseas?

We’re not going to sugar coat this: there is an element of risk associated with any kind of travel and safety and security is something Project Humanity takes very seriously.   In the weeks prior to the start of a trip every volunteer is given a Kenya security briefing.  The Volunteer Manual also details our safety and security policies and plans for how to deal with an emergency.   Project Humanity spends very little time in Nairobi and we do not travel to the northern or western Kenyan border areas or to Mombasa.

How can I volunteer without making a trip?

Absolutely!  You can assist by sponsoring volunteers, collecting donations, or lending your skills to advance one of our projects.  Click the Getting Involved tab above to learn more.

Why do I have to pay fees to volunteer with Project Humanity?

Our Kenyan friends would gladly share all that they have, but the fact is we serve in one of the poorest areas of the world.  The fees paid by volunteers cover the cost of travel, meals, housing, the salaries of our Kenyan team members, and the administrative costs associated with running the organization. But get this: not a single U.S.-based Project Humanity staff member collects a salary!

How much does a volunteer trip cost?

Prices can vary by time of year, but the fees for a trip range from approximately $3000 for a 7-10 day trip to $4,500 for a 14-18 day trip.

What all is included in the volunteer trip fees?

In addition to an experience of adventure, African discovery, and fun hard work, the fees cover transportation, housing, meals, supplemental international health and travel insurance, as well as access to the fund raising tools on the Project Humanity web site.

Who makes the travel arrangements?

No do-it-yourself travel here!  Project Humanity will assist to make travel arrangements, notifying the State Department, and purchasing the supplemental health and travel insurance. However, you’re on your own for shots.

Do I have to fundraise?

If you have a stack of crisp Franklins lying around or just hit the jackpot, then no, you probably don’t need to fundraise.  However, most international volunteers do fundraise as a way to cover travel costs or to raise money for a special project.  Project Humanity team leaders can help with fundraising ideas and we have some great tools on the web site that you can use too!

Does Project Humanity help me fundraise?

Absolutely!  You can use the tools on the Project Humanity to set-up a fundraising campaign and to your friends and family through social media.  We’ll also share other success stories and help you to brainstorm new ideas.

Can I make a donation on behalf of somebody else or for a specific project?

Absolutely! By clicking on the “Donate Now” button you will see a list of volunteers and specific projects that are fund raising.  You can click on any one of the links to read and learn more about the volunteer or project and then make a donation via credit card.

What happens if I sign-up, raise funds, and then have to change my plans and can’t make the trip?

Funds raised and sent to Project Humanity for a trip are donations and are non-refundable.  Additionally, travel and other plans are usually made far in advance.  However, we know things happen in life so if something serious happens give us a call and we’ll see what we can do (no promises!).

How long are the trips?

Most trips are 7-10 days.  Some trips are scheduled back-to-back and can last from 14-21 days.

Do I have to have medical insurance or get shots to volunteer with Project Humanity?

Volunteers are required to have medical insurance.  Project Humanity purchases supplemental international medical and travel insurance.  Volunteers are always advised to check with their primary care physician before embarking on any overseas travel and he or she can advise on what shots you may need.

Do I have to have a passport?

Not only will you need a passport but that shiny new blue book will get a visa too!  Passport and visa requirements are detailed in our Volunteer Manual that is available when you sign-up for a trip.  Or you can checkout state.gov for more information.

How do I prepare for a trip?

Great question!  After signing-up for a trip you’ll have access to the Project Humanity Volunteer Manual, which provides all kinds of information about how to pack and prepare for your volunteer experience.   In addition to the manual, you’ll be invited to join a trip group on Facebook and to participate in several conference calls.  Participating in the group and calls are also a great to way learn from Project Humanity alumni and to get to know your fellow volunteers.

How long does it take to get to Kenya?

Travel time from the U.S. to London or Amsterdam is 8-10 hours; travel from Europe to Nairobi is approximately 8 hours and then the transit time from Nairobi to Rusinga is another 8-10 hours depending weather and traffic (which makes this is the perfect trip for those seeking to power watch an entire season (or the whole series) of your favorite TV show.

Is it safe to eat the food or drink the water?

We go out of our way to try and ensure volunteers eat well. Volunteers can usually expect morning meals to consist of eggs, bread, fresh fruit, and juices.  Dinners are usually fish, chicken, pasta, vegetables, and fresh fruit such as pineapple, watermelon, or papaya.  Depending on the day’s activities, the noon meal may consist of sandwiches, a pasta dish, or soup.  To avoid health problems, volunteers should always abide by the rule to “only eat it if you can cook it, boil it, or peel it.”  We also provide plenty of bottled water for volunteer use. All of these details are covered in the Project Humanity Volunteer Manual.

What type of housing do volunteers stay in?

Depending on the size of the team, volunteers stay at one of two lodges contracted with in the Rusinga area.  The lodges are well lit and surrounded by security fences.  Most rooms have one or two beds with mosquito netting and en suite bathrooms with running water and power.  Power outages are frequent in the area and hot water can also sometimes be a luxury – but remember: you’re coming for the adventure and to help others!

Is is safe to provide my personal or other information on the web site?

Yes.  The web site incorporates  128 bit SSL encryption and all card transactions are processed through Authorize.net.
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What is your privacy policy?

Information We Collect and Share
Project Humanity collects personal information of volunteers who submit their information through online forms as part of a request for information, volunteer application, or to make donations to projects or the organization. Except as outlined below, none of this information is shared, rented, sold, or made available to any third party unless required by law. Project Humanity maintains an internal e-mail list for the purposes of communicating with past and present volunteers.

E-mail is used for administrative purposes and to keep interested parties informed of the progress we are making on various projects. Our e-mail list is never shared with any third party and any mass e-mail communication is in compliance with the CAN-SPAM Act. Individuals may opt out of any e-mail communication by sending an unsubscribe request to info@projecthumanity.com

Project Humanity maintains accounts on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest – interested individuals may opt in or out of these groups at any time.

Project Humanity may use mail addresses provided as part of a transaction process to send thank you notices, and acknowledgement of donation letters for tax deductions purposes.

Personal information submitted and collected as part of the volunteer application is shared with our insurance representatives to activate travel medical insurance. Information is also shared with the U.S. Dept. of State to inform the U.S. embassy of when volunteers are in country. In the event of an emergency, certain personal information may also be shared with medical staff or first responders for the purposes of providing medical assistance.

Project Humanity volunteers have the option to engage in fundraising and to enable the display of their name, photo, contact information, trip dates, fees, and funding goals on searchable pages of the Project Humanity website.

Digital Content Release
As part of the Volunteer Agreement, volunteers agree to allow Project Humanity to use their name, photo, likeness, videos, and information about their volunteer experience with Project Humanity for the purposes of advertising, editorial, internal publication, or other publicity without payment of compensation.

Data Protection
All personal and financial information submitted through the web site (such as credit card information) uses a security protocol known as “Secure Sockets Layer” or “SSL.” This is a certification and encryption technology designed to make credit card use safe on the Internet. Project Humanity employs a payment processor that is PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliant. We do not maintain any credit card information on staff computers nor do we accept any donation over the phone, via e-mail, or fax. Project Humanity does not maintain any Personal Identifiable Information (PII) on staff computers or in the headquarters office.

Web Tracking
Project Humanity employs Google Analytics to track web site usage. Data acquired through Ggoole Analytics is used track the number of site visits and to monitor the performance of any online advertising Project Humanity may engage in. Google Analytics does not supply, nor does Project Humanity seek to identify individual users on its web site.

Questions concerning our Privacy Policy may directed to info@projecthumanity.com