The Humanist Service Corps provides a monthly living stipend to volunteers in addition to covering the cost of travel, insurance, and housing. Vaccines, prophylactics, and visa fees are generally not covered by the Humanist Service Corps, but reimbursement for these expenses is possible under special circumstances.
New Humanist Service Corps volunteer terms begin every August. Applications are accepted in November/December the preceding year.
Humanist Service Corps volunteers collaborate with local leaders in the design and implementation of yearlong clean water, housing, healthcare, poverty abatement, infrastructure-building, and community education projects that contribute to the short-term goal of improving the standard of living in the witch camps and the long-term goal of eliminating the dynamics which lead to death or forcible and violent exile of women from their communities. The function of Humanist Service Corps volunteers in these programs is to liaise, facilitate, and train the local leaders who provide the direct program services to the communities.
The pre-service and in-service learning includes extensive safety, language, cross-cultural, skill, and content training designed in collaboration with local partner organizations.
The Humanist Service Corps intentionally replicates the structures and safety practices of successful service organizations. However, the Humanist Service Corps does not duplicate services because it works in underserved areas where it works with locals to design, implement, and complete projects that are specific to the needs and resources of each location.
Several studies have shown that the religious give their time and money more frequently and in greater amounts than the nonreligious. Many have suggested that part of the reason for this disparity is that religious individuals feel a sense of belonging to religious communities that encourage service and provide service opportunities, and, furthermore, that the community service itself contributes to the sense of belonging for many religious individuals. We want to provide that community and build that sense of belonging for the nonreligious.
Volunteer safety rests on the foundation of strong collaborative relationships with thoroughly vetted partner organizations. The Humanist Service Corps works with these organizations to prepare pre-service and in-service trainings and orientations that facilitate volunteer understanding of cultural expectations regarding behavior and appearance and to delineate any other safety considerations. Additionally, the Humanist Service Corps maintains active relationships with the U.S. embassy in Ghana and relevant Ghanaian government ministries. Should any emergency occur, the volunteers are covered by travel, medical, and evacuation insurance. At all times, the volunteers keep on their person local contact information for the staff of the partner organization, the officials at the embassy, and the emergency medical services.
Our monitoring and evaluation plan is multifaceted, including survey data from volunteers, partner organization staff, citizens in the communities served, and local and national government officials where possible. Additionally, we monitor the immediate and lasting impact of whatever projects or programs we implement through the Humanist Service Corps; the outcomes we measure will vary project by project.
No. The Humanist Service Corps does not include de-conversion of the religious among its goals.
Yes! The Humanist Service Corps does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. The Humanist Service Corps program is guided by the principles and aspirations of humanism, but our approach is one that many non-humanists have arrived at from other philosophical starting points. We select our volunteers based on their professional skills, interpersonal skills, cultural competencies, and grit, not whether they identify as humanists.