Interested in volunteering internationally? Each year, NEEM sends volunteers abroad to India and now Indonesia(future locations coming soon) where they assess for malnutrition, teach nutrition education, and implement women empowerment classes. Volunteers may spend anywhere from two to three weeks in-country depending on the location. NEEM participants must be 18 years or older to apply.


The following information may answer some of your basic questions about logistics, program cost, and safety in-country. For more detailed answers to frequent questions, please look over our FAQ’s Page.


We are happy to see you here! NEEM prides itself on having the best volunteers, and we think you could be one of them!


In 2019, NEEM will host two humanitarian trips: India and Indonesia. This will be the first year that NEEM travels to Indonesia with volunteers.  Each trip will provide unique experiences.  Volunteers can apply for either or both trips.


The number of volunteers per trip varies, but approximately 15-20 people are chosen for each trip. Volunteers are chosen based strictly on their application.  NEEM is looking for individuals who have a positive and outgoing attitude, a lot of love in their hearts and, most importantly, a desire to serve and make a difference. You don’t have to have a background in nutrition to be chosen. In fact, NEEM strives to create a well-rounded group with varying interests and expertise. With the help of Registered Dietitians, NEEM teaches our volunteers all they need to know prior to arriving in the country at two mandatory info sessions. The info session dates for each trip is listed below.


INDIA,  MAY 12-25, 2019,  $1400

Applications available here from October 7-December 2, 2019.


If you are selected as a volunteer, it is mandatory that you are present in person for both info sessions. (If you live out of state or have a valid reason, we will work with you.)  The dates are as follows: February 23 & March 30th, 2019.


INDONESIA,  JULY 28-AUGUST 10, 2019,  $1500

Applications available here from December 15-February 2, 2019.


If you are selected as a volunteer, it is mandatory that you are present in person for both info sessions. (If you live out of state or have a valid reason, we will work with you.)  The dates are as follows: March 23rd & June 8th, 2019.


Within one week of being notified of acceptance half of the entire program cost must be paid. After that you will have two weeks to pay the remaining half. If your financial situation requires a special request, please make sure you state it in your application.


Program Fee Includes:

  •       -Room & board
  •       -Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  •       -Guided tours/excursion costs, excluding small entrance fees
  •       -Trainings and project resources
  •       -Safety and security in-country (guard services where necessary)
  •       -NEEM t-shirt and other promotional materials
  •       -Project expenses
  •       -Airport pick up and drop off in-country

This list is not all-inclusive. The program cost covers a variety of costs necessary to maintain and build the entire program.


Your program fee does NOT include:

  •       -Flight to your country & in-country flights
  •       -Small entrance fees for sightseeing destinations (The guided tours will include entrance fee costs, but other than that you’re accountable)
  •       -Passport
  •       -Visa
  •       -Tourist souvenirs
  •       -Immunizations
  •       -Extra food

If for any reason a volunteer decides to no longer attend their summer program, then half of the total program cost may be refundable according to the refund policy explained in NEEM’s paperwork.

Why is there a program cost?


NEEM is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, self-sustainable nonprofit organization. To accomplish the mission of NEEM, to combat malnutrition with sustainable development programs, we recruit and train volunteers to travel to underdeveloped countries. Although some outside funding and grants are used throughout the year to run the organization, the volunteer program fees are how the organization sustains itself.

Program costs may be paid out of pocket or through fundraising. Program fees go towards nutrition education materials, malnutrition assessment equipment, project costs, housing and food, volunteer support, volunteer trainings and handbooks, promotional items, excursion fees, etc. When you pay a program fee, you are facilitating impact around the world.  All that NEEM is able to accomplish is because of the support of the volunteers each year.

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