Volunteer for SURVIVORS

We Need Your Help! There is no way we could do the work that we do without the more than 300 volunteers and professional contractors who give their time and talents to our organization. Varying talents and expertise are needed to serve torture survivors.

To learn more, join us at our Journey to Healing Tour and learn how Survivors of Torture, International is creating a safe haven for torture survivors, helping them to rebuild their lives, and building a welcoming community for all survivors.

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How You Can Help

Interested in finding a way to contribute? There are numerous ways to offer support to Survivors of Torture, International. Here are some of the most common ways our volunteers help us in our mission:

Be an Ambassador

Our organization is looking for passionate people to help spread the word about how SURVIVORS provides hope, rebuilds lives, and creates a welcoming community for torture survivors. Volunteer ambassadors invite and host their friends, family, community, etc. to a Journey to Healing tour at our office. An ambassador has a goal of inviting 10 to 12 people to a tour.

Be an Interpreter

Our clients come to us from all over the geographic and linguistic map. They speak Acholi, Amharic, Chaldean (Aramaic), Dinka, Khmer, French, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and many other languages. Many survivors speak several languages fluently, but they need the skills of a trained and compassionate interpreter to lend them a voice in English.

Be a Befriender

Part of our rehabilitation program is the Friendship Circle, whereby our clinical staff match concerned San Diegans (Befrienders) with torture survivors (Friends). The goals of this project are to promote friendship and social support between torture survivors and members of the community, to minimize isolation, and to increase the functioning of torture survivors.

Be a Driver

Volunteer drivers provide rides for our clients who can’t drive or lack the funds or ability to use public transportation. This program allows clients to keep essential appointments for counseling, medical care, and other services.

Be a Healer

We recruit mental health professionals, physicians, dentists, massage therapists, and acupuncturists on a volunteer or reduced fee schedule to help clients through their trauma. Contact us to learn more.

Be an Office Volunteer

We are always looking for support with reception, filing, and general office administration. Or, offer your own professional skills to support SURVIVORS.

Spread the Word on Social Media

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Looking for an Internship?

We’re proud to partner with local universities to offer internships for students. Internships include some of the volunteer areas listed above as well as additional disciplines like online media and marketing. Please contact your university to learn how to apply as an intern.

Invite Us as a Speaker

We regularly speak in front of classrooms, television audiences, radio audiences, and other opportunities where our expertise can spread knowledge and awareness.

SURVIVORS’ executive director Kathi Anderson is available to speak on a variety of topics related to torture and torture treatment. To arrange an interview or to find out more information about SURVIVORS’ events or programs, please contact us by phone at (619) 278-2400 or via email at survivors@notorture.org

The Agency is an equal employment opportunity employer and strives to comply with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination against employees, applicants for employment, individuals providing services in the workplace pursuant to a contract, unpaid interns or volunteers based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to, their actual or perceived race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status (including registered domestic partnership status), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), gender (including gender identity and expression), age (40 or over), sexual orientation, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran status, immigration status or any other consideration protected by federal, state or local law. For purposes of this policy, discrimination on the basis of “national origin” also includes harassment against an individual because that person holds or presents the California driver’s license issued to those who cannot document their lawful presence in the United States. All such harassment is prohibited.  All such discrimination is unlawful and all persons involved in the operations of the Agency are prohibited from engaging in this type of conduct.