Month-long volunteer program

Interested in applying? Check the schedule for your application deadline, then follow the application steps.


No More Deaths has structured its volunteer program to enable volunteers to come at any time of the year, not just the summer and spring months. We are motivated by the recognition that running a humanitarian-aid camp year-round requires the ongoing support of new volunteers.

Times of year August–February, April–May; sessions begin on the first Sunday of the month
length of stay One month or longer
Cost $375 for first month, $25 per week thereafter. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

The desert-aid volunteer program is limited to four volunteers at any time and requires a volunteer commitment of at least one month. Our capacity for training, hosting, and supporting volunteers is limited; we are not able to accommodate large groups, nor individuals who cannot stay for at least one month. Please consider the spring or summer volunteer program instead.


Please note the application deadline for your desired start date. We add dates to the application as soon as we are ready to begin taking applications for those sessions. Please wait to apply until dates are added.

Session start date Session end date Application deadline
Sunday, April 2, 2017 Friday, May 5, 2017 February 5, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017 Friday, June 2, 2017 March 5, 2017
Sunday, August 6, 2017 Friday, September 1, 2017 June 1, 2017
Sunday, September 3, 2017 Friday, September 29, 2017 July 1, 2017
Sunday, October 1, 2017 Friday, November 3, 2017 August 1, 2017
Sunday, November 5, 2017 Friday, December 1, 2017 September 1, 2017
Sunday, December 3, 2017 Friday, January 5, 2018 October 1, 2017

Please note that this volunteer opportunity involves a one-month or longer commitment. You will need to commit to stay for the entire session or sessions that you are accepted for.

Trainings are held on the first Sunday of every month. New volunteers must arrive in Tucson by this date for training, after which they begin volunteering.

The schedule each week will vary based on the capacity of our long-term volunteers, and we ask that new volunteers be prepared to be flexible and plug in as needed: volunteers will move between the desert camp in Arivaca, desert-aid trips to Ajo and other areas, supporting other volunteer projects based in Tucson, and taking breaks at the volunteer house in Tucson.

Steps for applying

  1. Please read all the information above. Also review the FAQ.
  2. By the application deadline, submit the following:
  3. Wait to hear back from the volunteer coordinator. We get a high volume of applications and can only accept four volunteers per session. A couple days to a week after the session deadline, you will hear from us about whether you’ve been accepted or not.

Submitting your application deposit

Upon submitting an application to volunteer, you will receive an email invoice from No More Deaths via Square. Please check your inbox and send payment by the due date. If you are unable to pay via credit or debit card online, please notify the volunteer coordinator and send a check for $50 to:

No More Deaths
ATTN: Volunteer Coordinator
P.O. Box 40782
Tucson, AZ 85717

Please make the check out to “UUCT–No More Deaths” and write “Deposit—DAVP” and your name on the memo line.

The deposit will be applied toward the volunteer fee, and the balance is to be paid once you arrive in Tucson. The deposit represents your commitment to volunteer if accepted and placed. We need this commitment from you to ensure that we fill each volunteer slot and run volunteer programs at our full capacity.

If we are unable to accept and place you, the deposit will be refunded to you in full. However, if you cancel after we have confirmed your volunteer placement, the $50 deposit will not be refunded.