Two Chasers update this site; Jess UK and Neil. They divide their time between helping out after natural disasters and finding ways to make money to help out after the next one. Having spent the majority of 2010 – and a good chunk of 2011 – in Haiti, they went to Japan. Three months of tsunami response later and they headed to flood-struck Minot, North Dakota, to help with the clean up and then went back to Haiti. They are now en route to the Philippines to help with the recovery efforts following Typhoon Washi.
Jess planned to volunteer in Indonesia for three weeks, stayed three months and was hooked. Her mum wishes she would just go home and get a sensible job in and office or something and stop swinging sledgehammers and getting dysentery. Jess thinks dysentery is not much of a price to pay for all the fun she’s having. She is at five projects and counting.
Neil’s favorite thing in life is shoveling mud and there was a lot of it in Minot. Now that the All Hands project there has wrapped up he is back in the country he loves the most, Haiti, but only until the end of December. He has previously volunteered in Peru, Haiti, the US and Indonesia.
Here at disasterchasers.wordpress.com we’ll let you know what we’re up to, how much its costing us and any information we come across relating to affordable volunteer opportunities. Let us know what you want to know. Share your stories and info about volunteering with us and hopefully, together, we can encourage others to do the same.
Most of the Disaster Chasers work with All Hands Volunteers. For more information check out their website at www.hands.org.