Our programs are only possible with the help of our dedicated and generous volunteers. We operate ongoing projects in four countries: Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, and the USA, and are always looking to expand our outreach to new areas. Volunteers can get involved with an on-going project, or contact us about creating a custom volunteer opportunity.
You will immediately see the difference you are making when you give the gift of your time.
The best way to get involved is to join a trip with our brother company, World Wide Trekking (WWTrek). Many WWTrek trips have a voluntourism component and visit one or more Human Outreach Project (HOP) sites. Guests on many of our trips can also choose to extend their time to get more involved in a particular project site. For those looking for a trip that features a more in-depth HOP component, consider one of WWTrek’s voluntourism-specific trips.
Our projects are listed below, as well as trips that involve a HOP component. Please visit wwtrek.com for our current trip calendar and detailed itineraries.
We welcome you to bring your skills and interests to our projects in Nepal, Tanzania, and Peru! Custom voluntourism projects are perfect for those who have specific skills or knowledge to provide in-depth services and support to local communities. The cost of each trip covers project planning, logistical support, lodging, meals, and services of local staff. Per-person prices vary by country and project and range from $50/day to over $200/day. Most projects have a minimum time commitment of 3 days. Costs do not include flights, airport transfers, transportation between project sites, visas, or personal expenses*.
*We do not make a profit from voluntourism trips; these prices reflect the base cost of hosting volunteers at our project sites.
Human Outreach Project (HOP) is founded on the principle that trekkers and climbers should give back to the areas we visit. While most of our projects are located near international trekking and climbing areas, we do have a number of local outreach projects near our home base in Salt Lake City.
Please check the USA projects below and contact us to get involved locally.
The Kilimanjaro Kids Community (KKC) is HOP’s proudest achievement. This 4-acre complex houses 12 beautiful Tanzanian children, and has many ongoing construction and education projects. Volunteers have helped out with a number of projects, including building new housing and dorms, distributing school supplies to the KKC’s kids, and installing solar panels. Our guest house at the KKC allows those interested to extend their visit and stay directly on-site.
Pair a voluntourism project with a Kilimanjaro climb, a stay on Zanzibar Island, an African Wildlife Safari, or all three!
Nepal is the birthplace of Human Outreach Project. In 2004, Dean summited Mt. Everest along with his good friend and climbing partner Ang Pasang. A few months later, Pasang was killed tragically in an avalanche. Dean committed to doing whatever he could to support Pasang’s three children.
HOP continues to provide support and educational funds for Ang Pasang’s Children. Other ongoing projects in Nepal include supporting the Himalayan Rescue Association, trekking supplies to Namche Dental Clinic, and supporting Juving Secondary School.
Visit the Namche Dental Clinic on your way to Everest Base Camp and deliver donations such as dental supplies and small toys.
Since 2014, HOP has sponsored Pashpa’s Annual Chocolatada Festival by providing food and gifts. We have also constructed solar powered computer centers in the villages of Pashpa & Huaripampa. Volunteer groups in Peru have assisted with the construction of these computer centers by painting, installing solar panels, and training community leaders on the use of computers & cameras.
Trek through the Cordillera Blanca mountain range to Huaripampa and Pashpa and help with a HOP project in the villages.
HOP has opportunities for volunteers to get involved right here at our home base in Salt Lake.
During the holiday season, the Veterans Outreach Project seeks volunteers to help deliver food and groceries to local Veterans and their families. HOP Outdoors runs summer hiking trips for underserved youth in the Salt Lake Valley, and needs volunteers who can spend an afternoon hiking with groups of students.