During the hottest months of the year, No More Deaths conducts a summer volunteer program to bring in additional volunteers to cover a lot of ground. The minimum stay is one week.

We add summer dates in April. Please wait to apply until dates are added to application. The information below is for 2016 and may change for 2017.

Time of year June–July; start dates every other Sunday, departure dates every Saturday
Length of stay One–eight weeks
Cost $300–450 for the first week, $75 for every following week. No one is turned away for lack of funds. See the fee information.
Group size We can accommodate groups of two to four people. The total number of volunteers we can host each session is 10.

We encourage volunteers with the ability to stay a month or longer to consider the regular month-long program instead.

The summer program is organized into eight week-long sessions, Sunday to Saturday. All volunteers must attend a training before starting their volunteer work with us. Training takes place every other Sunday, so there are four possible start dates. Each week that begins with a training is referred to as an “A” session. “B” sessions will be made up of volunteers who have rolled over from previous weeks. Please indicate on your application all of the sessions you are hoping to volunteer for. Sessions end every Saturday, so there are eight possible departure dates. Please plan to stay for the entire duration of your session or sessions.

Other important things to know before applying to participate in the summer program:

  • If you are accepted, a $150 deposit will be due one month before your start date and the balance of your volunteer fee will be due one week before your start date.
  • All groups of two or more people must establish a group contact person. This person is responsible for submitting the volunteer-group form on time and making sure that each group member submits their application on time. If the group is invited to come and participate in the program, the group contact person will also be responsible for making sure that all group members pay the volunteer fee in full.
  • Training begins at 9 a.m. All participants must be present for the start of training. Please plan your travel accordingly! See below for a detailed timeline of the week.
  • Volunteers may sleep at our training site the night before training and the night before departure.
  • No More Deaths provides the meals during training and in the field. Volunteers are responsible for buying and preparing their own food during rest days in Tucson.
  • All volunteers will be camping and are expected to bring their own tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads. A more detailed packing list will be provided upon acceptance to the program.
  • During the week, all volunteers will eat and sleep at camp and spend the days out in the field doing food and water drops as well as exploratory hiking for mapping purposes. Those who stay longer than one week will have rest days in between sessions scheduled by the volunteer coordinator and facilitators.
  • Many volunteers will spend the week at our permanent humanitarian-aid camp near Arivaca, Arizona. During some sessions, some of our volunteers will spend the week working out of a “mobile camp” near Ajo, Arizona. Having a mobile camp involves packing all camping supplies, food, and humanitarian-aid supplies for the week into our vehicles and setting up a temporary camp in the desert to work out of, either for a few nights or setting up a new camp each night and breaking it down in the morning.
  • For important further details and requirements, see the FAQ that applies to all the volunteer programs, including the summer program.

Steps for applying to the program

  1. Please read all the information above.
  2. Submit the application by the correct deadline.
  3. If you are part of a group of two to four people, establish a contact person to fill out the volunteer-group form. This must be submitted by the same deadline.
  4. Wait to hear back from the volunteer coordinator. We get a high volume of applications during this time. We will do our best to accommodate everyone, but unfortunately we cannot accept everyone.
  5. A couple days to a week after the session deadline, you will hear from us about whether you’ve been confirmed in the program or not. You will then need to pay your volunteer fees on schedule.

What will a week volunteering with No More Deaths be like?

Schedule subject to slight changes

8:30 a.m. Breakfast is served at training site
9:00 a.m. Training starts
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Training continues
3:30 p.m. Volunteers leave for camp with facilitators
Volunteers spend the evening doing desert-specific trainings and eat dinner together
Volunteers spend the week doing water drops and exploratory hikes
8:00 a.m. Volunteers leave the field to travel back to Tucson
11:00 a.m. Volunteers eat lunch together in Tucson
12:45 p.m. Volunteers attend a Streamline session at federal courthouse
4:30 p.m. Volunteers attend a debriefing session
7:00 p.m. Volunteers eat dinner together at the training site
Volunteers spend the night at the training site
8:30 a.m. All volunteers must depart