How you can best help Japan's earthquake survivors

March 21, 2011

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Mercy Corps has been contacted by dozens of big-hearted people offering to volunteer in Japan as part of the emergency response work effort. Thank you for your interest in Mercy Corps and your kind support!

However, Mercy Corps does not have a formal overseas volunteer program through our headquarters office and, in addition, generally does not accept volunteers for international disaster relief work. For more information about this policy, please visit the Center for International Disaster Information’s “Volunteering After a Disaster” web page.

When Mercy Corps does have non-disaster international volunteer opportunities, they will be posted under the “Jobs” section of our website. However, these volunteer positions happen very rarely, since our program officers residing in the field generally choose residents in that country for either voluntary or paid positions. Hiring locally provides jobs and allows local citizens to take ownership in the rebuilding of their neighborhoods and operation of the programs.

Again, thank you for your interest in helping the people of Japan — the best way to help at this time is to give an online donation.