If you have questions about volunteering opportunities like those described below, you can contact the Volunteer Coordinator at
. We look forward to hearing from you! Seasonal/Guest Volunteering
For over six years, No More Deaths has served as an avenue for thousands of people of conscience to participate in direct humanitarian aid. The goal has been and is mobilization to confront an ongoing humanitarian emergency that is a direct consequence of US trade policy, border policy, and immigration policy.
Participating in No More Deaths fieldwork as a guest volunteer requires two simple things:
- An invitation. This may be obtained by application, for a specific work period.
- Volunteer training. This must precede any fieldwork. For repeat volunteers, training must be renewed annually. Trainings are held in Tucson every weekend during the summer. At other times of the year, training is provided on the first Sunday of every month (courtesy of the Tucson Samaritans). Consult the calendar for scheduling information.
Logistical details, including the specific volunteer placement and the arrangement for covering food, housing and other expenses, are worked out during the application process.
Guest volunteers work side by side with experienced local volunteers, who act as hosts and guides and provide direction, support, and needed context. Guest volunteers consistently report that their volunteer experience is illuminating, galvanizing, and unexpectedly joyful.
The ongoing work of No More Deaths depends crucially on an infrastructure of local volunteers: organizing, event planning, and "off-season" direct aid. Here are some ways to get involved:
- Come to a meeting. Our general meetings are held every Monday at 7 pm at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church in Tucson. At this meeting you can talk to other local volunteers about NMD's many ongoing initiatives and how to participate.
- Subscribe to our mailing lists to keep up to date with local events.
- Get trained for fieldwork. Trainings are held every weekend during the summer. At other times of the year, training is provided on the first Sunday of every month (courtesy of the Tucson Samaritans). Consult the calendar for scheduling information.
We are always looking for ways to strengthen our ties to the communities of southern Arizona. If you have ideas, please share them with us
Currently, with regard to guest volunteering opportunities, the No More Deaths year breaks down as follows:
This is the deadliest season in the Sonoran Desert, and the time of most intense activity for No More Deaths. Updated information on summer volunteer placements is normally available starting around May 1.
During the winter period, the burden of direct-aid operations is mainly on local volunteers. For visiting groups that can commit more than a few days (one week is typical), we may be able to create a desert-aid experience. Special arrangements must be made, so contact the Volunteer Coordinator between one and three months in advance. Be flexible, since the situation on the ground can change very quickly and we have to respond to it.
Alternative Spring Break (March)
For the past five years, No More Deaths has conducted a successful Alternative Spring Break program during the month of March. Spring Break volunteers—mostly college students, mostly arriving in groups—do essentially the same things summer volunteers do, just with a bit more emphasis on education. Volunteers interested in participating in the Alternative Spring Break program must submitt a "request for space" in December and will subsequently contacted to complete an application in January. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information,