Become a volunteer… become an advocate.
Volunteering in South Sudan is a unique life-changing experience. Some ASMP volunteers are returning to Old Fangak for their fourth or fifth year of service. Some of them for a few weeks at a time… some for a few months. Their dedication is what makes this live-saving work possible.
Each of us has something to offer. We need committed people like yourself to help in our efforts.
Some volunteers contribute by helping out back at home. ASMP needs volunteers and interns to assist with a variety of tasks: special events, office help, program development, thesis projects, web volunteers, story tellers, and more. There are many ways to help. Host a fundraiser, speak at a local school, church or organization. Advocacy is key to our projects.
Projects in South Sudan focus on:
- Medical Clinic and Health Infrastructure Construction.
- Water, Sanitation & Hygiene: construction of water wells, hand-washing stations, pit latrines and other clean water sources.
- Agriculture Support: Basic farming training, pump repair, fence construction, data collection.
- Infrastructure Support: repair and maintenance of tools, equipment and facilities to keep our operations running.
- Training: Providing young apprentices with one-on-one instruction in all of the above skills!
ASMP volunteers generally do not do direct medical work, although health care professionals have volunteered with ASMP in the past and assisted in the clinic.
Include, but are not limited to:
- Construction, digging, painting and other general labor duties.
- Small motor maintenance and repair.
- Water well drilling with a portable lightweight drill rig.
- Clinic maintenance and repair.
- Specific skill-sets that are helpful are construction experience, small motor and tool repair, agriculture knowledge, geology, drilling and. Most important is a willingness to “get your hands dirty,” have a passion for the projects and a can-do spirit. Volunteers come from all walks of life, and from all over the world.
The conditions ASMP volunteers face in Old Fangak are unique. There are no roads, no infrastructure, no running water, no electricity and limited communications. All of the building supplies must be shipped to the village by charter flight or barge, and offloaded by hand.
Working in the village is logistically challenging, but our dedicated volunteers are up for the task. As Board member Jon Waterhouse recently said:
“This work takes the kind of guts Alaskans are trained for. That’s what makes this an organization I want to support. It’s a grassroots project with gutsy, ingenious, explorers and adventurers willing to work against the odds.”
Teams go into South Sudan every year from November to March.
For more detailed information on the fees, logistics and details of volunteering, please download our Volunteer Packet.