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Looking for a volunteer management opportunity?

IHF is looking for hard-working, dedicated volunteers to commit their time and talents for one year as a Co-Director in one of our centers in Indonesia, Kenya, and Thailand.

About your role

  • Your role will be to manage the day-to-day maintenance of the center's programs and initiatives alongside an international staff, in the effort to provide a better opportunity for children's futures. You are asked to complete at least 4 hours a day of local work and 4 hours a day of international work, 6 days a week.
  • You will coordinate the short-term volunteers staying at your center, giving them support and organizing their local tasks.
  • All Co-Directors manage one or more of our international task teams, such as University Relations, Fundraising, Teacher Training or Media.
  • You will work closely with Co-Directors at other centers to manage these teams and will receive unique training in a multilevel, multifaceted system. You will be assigned your teams according to your experience and skills and the organization’s needs.
  • Before arrival at the center, you will already become a part of the team by completing pre-trip tasks with our international teams to gain an understanding of the kind of work you will be doing.

This work can be challenging, but you will hone your time management skills and learn intimately how an NGO functions at both the ground and administrative levels. You will leave IHF with new highly transferable skills, a better understanding of international NGOs, and an unforgettable experience that will last the rest of your life.

Indonesia: We have four education centers in Bali, Jakarta, Banda Aceh and Medan.

Our Jakarta center provides a home to a small number of children. All Indonesia centers hold English, math and computer classes for disadvantaged children aged 6-17 to supplement the limited Indonesian public education system.

Your role would include teaching and supervising classes as well as organizing various activities at the center.

Kenya: Our center in Nakuru is a home for children of various ages from the impoverished region of East Pokot. This is the biggest IHF center, with approximately 50 children. This is an extremely busy center and you will need to be flexible and prepared to work long hours.

We provide basic needs such as a home, food and access to education for children who would otherwise go without. All our children go to schools outside of the center. We have a large farm and part of the role will be the management of the farm to produce food for the center.

Your role in the Kenya center would include fostering a familiar environment for the children, overseeing their education and managing the various needs and activities in the center. However, the role has many diverse dimensions and is an excellent opportunity to learn about different forms of international development practice.

Thailand: Our center in Chiang Rai is a home for five older children from a nearby hill tribe. Teenagers from this marginalized community come to our center for a stable home and the chance for an education. All our children go to schools outside of the center.

Your role would include fostering a familial environment for the children, overseeing their education and managing the various needs and activities of the center. The local tasks will include shopping, cooking, cleaning, and some minor repair.

Please note that due to visa restrictions, candidates for our Thailand center cannot spend more than three months in Chiang Rai. After this period, dependent on center availability and candidate qualifications, individuals will transfer to an Indonesian center at their own expense.


  • Fluency in both written and spoken English is essential.
  • Volunteers must commit to serve at least one year at the center.
  • We value volunteers who are creative and innovative, willing to take responsibility and easily adapt to new conditions and unexpected situations.
  • We welcome applicants with any background, but prefer degrees in social studies, language, education, medicine, law and social work.
  • Experience traveling, working or volunteering abroad will be an asset.
  • We require candidates have 1-2 years of working experience in any field.
  • Experience with teaching and/or children is crucial.
  • Minimum age requirement is 22 (24 for Kenya and Thailand)

Each IHF center is a product of its environment and follows the cultural code and norms of its host country. So must our staff. Our volunteers must have high intercultural sensitivity and be tolerant to different views and ways of life.


Basic accommodation and food is provided by IHF. You are a volunteer at the center and all local tasks completed are done so without pay. As a Co-Director, you will receive a small monthly stipend. This stipend results only from the international online work. The stipend is broken down as follows:

First 3 months: Training period - $20 per month

3-6 months: Assistant Co-Director - $50 per month

6-9 months: Co-Director - $80 per month

9-12 months: Co-Director - $100 per month

Strict IHF Policy: These stipends are fixed. They will not be raised for more experienced applicants, and everyone will be upgraded according to the timeframes outlined above and no sooner. There are no exceptions to this, regardless of what may be the situation in the center.


If you're ready to apply, please send a copy of your CV/resume, a cover letter and any questions to hiring4@ihfonline.org.