:VOLUNTEER WITH HWB
Volunteers are the heartbeat of Herbalists Without Borders.
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. Special project coordinators offer support and suggestions with a similar project you're hoping to organize.
:VOLUNTEER WITH HWB INT'L CORE
If you have even just 1-5 (or more) hours a month to volunteer with the HWB Core group, you can make a big difference! 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.
Wisconsin HWB Headquarters Office Support:
Our main office packages, blends, labels, sorts, inventories, boxes, & ships packages of donations to free clinics and for disaster relief. We also mail out printables to Chapters, Coordinators and Conferences. We need someone who can visit our Deerfield, WI location an hour or so week - or- a few hours a month to help. There is a lot to learn about herbalism and humanitarian aid through this position!
We need online Office assistance - help with our google membership forms, mailchimp list management, emails, proofreading eGuides, etc.
Educational Resources Coordinator:
Help us find educational resources and post items and information that might benefit our members, clinics, and projects.
Membership Feature Blogger:
Help write for our blog! Interview Chapter Coordinators or Business Members, write about key issues important to HWB, write book reviews or seasonal materia medica, etc. This could potentially be a few people writing to keep our blog current and interesting!
Grant Writing and Donation Inquiry Support:
Help us apply for grants for HWB International or our projects around the globe.
Podcast & Webinar Production Team:
We could use some someone to help identify and schedule interviews/guests, proofing scripts, supporting our editing and publishing process, etc. Denise is also working on a webinar series - if you can help us with scheduling, outlining topics, music, editing, zoom, let us know!
Medicinal Seed Saving Coordinator:
Take charge of our Medicinal Seed Saving Project!
Interested in volunteering with our international core or project coordinator group? Even an hour or two a month can make a difference. Email Denise firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see descriptions about each volunteer opening with HWB International Headquarters, visit this page<<volunteer descriptions>>
HOW TO VOLUNTEER>>
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 minded 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