No More Deaths - Summer 2020 Desert Aid Volunteer Application:
During the hottest months of the year, we conducts summer volunteer programming to bring in additional volunteers to cover a lot of ground. The MINIMUM amount of time we require folks to volunteer for is ONE WEEK. If you plan to come for only ONE week, you must sign up for an "A Session". If you only sign up for a "B session", your application will not be considered. *** WE ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS ON A ROLLING BASIS.
June Summer Programming (Sat. - Friday):
***JUNE APPLICATION PRIORITY DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD *** WE ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS ON A ROLLING BASIS*** Week 1A = June 6th - June 12th Week 2B = June 13th - June 19th Week 3A = June 20th - June 26th Week 4B = June 27th - July 3rd
July Summer Programming (Sat. - Friday)
***JULY APPLICATION PRIORITY DEADLINE: FRIDAY, MAY 1ST***WE ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS ON A ROLLING BASIS*** Week 5A = July 4th - July 10th Week 6B = July 11th - July 17th Week 7A = July 18th - 24th Week 8B = July 25th - July 31st
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with No More Deaths! This application is a first step in getting to know you. Please note that this application involves several essay questions and will likely take some time to fill out. We appreciate your time and effort in answering all of the questions thoroughly and thoughtfully. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!
Are you applying as an individual or with a group? (Each group member must apply individually)
If, you are applying with a group, please list your volunteer group name/ school affiliation. (Required info for groups)
Who is the point person for your group (name, email, phone #) and who else is in your group? (Required info for groups; Groups size limit: 2 - 4 people)
What sessions are you applying for?
A: Saturday, June 6th- Friday, June 12th
B: Saturday, June 13th- Friday, June 19th
A: Saturday, June 20th- Friday, June 26th
B: Saturday, June 27th- Friday, July 3rd
A: Saturday, July 4th- Friday, July 10th
B: Saturday, July 11th- Friday, July 17th
A: Saturday, July 18th- Friday, June 24th
B: Saturday, July 25th- Friday, July 31st
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State / Province
Postal / Zip Code
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Papua New Guinea
Republic of the Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
Tristan da Cunha
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates
British Virgin Islands
Isle of Man
US Virgin Islands
Wallis and Futuna
We ask for a reference letter, preferably from someone in a grassroots organization with which you have worked or in which you have been involved. Examples include activist collectives, nonprofits, advocacy groups, volunteer organizations, and community-service organizations. If you do not have a reference from a grassroots organization, you can use a reference from a current/former employer, co-worker, or professor. Your reference can fill out our form here: https://form.jotform.com/193455862601158. Please make sure they complete the reference form by the application deadline.
What organization will be supplying your letter of introduction?
Please provide the phone number and email of an individual who can verify your involvement in the above organization and act as a character reference. This can be the same individual who wrote the letter of introduction.
What pronouns do you use?
Example: She, her, hers / they, them, theirs / he, him, his
What is your racial or ethnic identity?
Do you have any of the following dietary restrictions? NMD is able to accommodate the following dietary limitations. If you have others besides those mentioned here, we ask that you come prepared with your own food alternatives.
Do you have any health conditions, including allergies, that we should know about? Please tell us about them, including any medications you are currently taking.
Which of the following describe your status in the US? This information is pertinent to legal protections for those volunteering in the desert. Please see our FAQ for more information.
Legal Permanent Resident
Visa Waiver Program recipient / Temporary Protected Status recipient / Other
Do you speak Spanish? Please choose the percentage that best indicates how much you can understand and articulate in ordinary situations.
Basic: below 50%
Completely fluent: 95-100%
Native speaker: 100%
Do you speak a language indigenous to Latin America?
Do you have previous camping experience? Hiking experience?
Desert Aid volunteers will spend time in remote areas with primitive camping conditions. We encourage volunteers to bring their own backpack and hiking supplies for daytrips, and sleeping bag and tent for overnights, if possible. If not, please contact our volunteer or logistics coordinators about our gear lending library.
Do you have any medical certifications?
Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Responder
Please elaborate on your current knowledge on borderlands issues (militarization, human rights, environmental impacts, criminalization of migrants, etc.) Include how you learned of No More Deaths and the work we do.
Do you have previous NMD experience, or experience with any other humanitarian aid work, grassroots organizations, social justice work, or social service work? If not, what draws you towards doing this kind of work?
What strengths do you have that you think could contribute to No More Deaths? (For example: experience working with maps and GPS, organizational skills, interpersonal skills/conflict resolution, translation skills, experience cooking for large groups, legal background, mechanical skills, carpentry, plumbing.)
What is your experience working with in traditionally marginalized communities?
Volunteering with Desert Aid often means working long and unusual hours and can require a lot of emotional and physical energy. In what ways will you prepare for your experience volunteering with us? This might include intellectual, emotional, or physical preparation. If you are applying with a group, are you doing anything collectively to prepare for coming?
Please let us know if you have concerns- physical, moral, legal, ideological, etc.- regarding our work. (Also please see the FAQ on our website.)
Anything else about yourself or your background that you would like us to know?
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