:VOLUNTEER WITH HWB
Volunteers are the heartbeat of Herbalists Without Borders.
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Herbalists Without Borders is an international network of herbalists, traditional healers, complementary alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners, botanical medicine product makers, botanical trades people, herb farmers, gardeners, ecologists, students, humanitarian aid workers & others who are interested in the vital roles of plants in primary health and wellness, sustainable agriculture, trade, botanical traditions, and ecological preservation.
Herbalists Without Borders organizes unique herbal, health & wellness projects. We invite you to learn more about each and join our efforts.
HWB is not like other without borders organizations. We have a very small budget working in a grassroots model, and we are membership based. HWB Members are who do this work. We believe in local empowerment for community service, followed by a radiating wheel of regional support in times of need and disaster. We do not host individuals to travel to other cultures to install western herbal clinics. Local work and community service is a less colonizer oriented model - and who knows better than local people the language, culture, traditions, and plants of the area? There are international Chapters and groups that do welcome international visitors to help as volunteers, to learn local plants and traditions, and who visit others in the spirit of learning as much as giving.
If you have the means and time to visit other regions of the globe, review our international projects and then contact our office and we can connect you to other members that may welcome your visit. Please note that we are ALL volunteers, and Coordinators often are organizing out of their homes, businesses, or herbal schools. They may host clinics only monthly or quarterly, travel to remote areas with limited car (or motorbike) space to visit very rural communities, are operating on a very limited budget, and may work in very remote areas without the ability to host visitors. Please be respectful of our committed and dedicated volunteer Coordinators. Thank you!
:VOLUNTEER WITH HWB INT'L CORE
We need help to run our ALL VOLUNTEER nonprofit! Everything done at HWB is done by volunteers - and we always need additional volunteers and support (most online). The more hands we have supporting HWB, the more people we can reach, the more aid we can ship, the more members we can support. Even if you have only a few hours a month, that can make a big impact.
We currently have several core volunteer positions open - some positions welcome more than one Coordinator to share responsibilities and help us have ongoing help.
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Online Office Coordinator
Relief Action Coordinator
Lead Chapter Coordinator *New!
Educational Resources Coordinator
Office & Apothecary Coordinator, Onsite (Deerfield, WI)
Medicinal Seed Saving Coordinator
Other Ways to Volunteer (several areas where we could use your helps!)
Visit our special project pages below to find out more about it and any volunteer opportunities. We work to enable local and regional Chapters to support their own communities - as who knows more about the language, culture, local herbs and needs more than one who lives there. At HWB we do not practice colonialist "help" but true learning experiences and cross cultural exchanges to progress health justice and herbal medicine. Of course at times people may request additional support - following disasters or if they are unable to organize local support. We are keeping information regarding members who welcome international travelers who are interested in volunteering for free clinics, permaculture herbal gardens, or international borderless medicine. If you are already planning on visiting an area that has free people's clinics or project ongoing, please contact the office and we can put you in touch with the local coordinator. If you are interested in traveling or cultural exchanges, please contact the office to find out who is accepting visitors!
International Borderless Medicine>>
TIPS for cross cultural volunteer exchanges and support:
-Respect the local culture & local herbal traditions
-Be self sustainable to not burden the team you are visiting
-Understand you are learning from them as much as offering a helping hand
-Be truly a help and not a hindrance to people working in their communities
-Understand the impact your visit may have economically on local Chapters, members, and hosts
-Acknowledge you are there to learn as much as you are there to assist
-Have a skillset that is of use
-Support without colonialist mindset coming from a savior complex
-Only go where asked and needed
-Recognize local culture and traditions may be working as they are, and you are there to help and learn, not take over