Due to COVID19 all international projects are currently on hold. We are eagerly awaiting when we can travel again, and provide free training opportunities for those living critical property.
In the meantime we are progressing with our plans to provide virtual training in the Philippines and Cambodia. Our plan is to deliver online training with our Alumni Hair Aid volunteers, who will be supported on the ground by a team of our previous trainees. Together we will continue to be #changingtheworldonehaircutatatime
Once we are able to travel again, we will select new dates for every country, and any volunteer that is on our waiting list and has paid for their deposit or paid in full their project costs, will be offered the first places in these projects.
If you haven’t yet been on a project, let me share what we do!
Our international projects are where volunteer hairdressers, nail technicians and other passionate volunteers (like you!) join us in teaching slum and street people in developing countries how to cut hair, and do manicures and pedicures.
These people are living in critical poverty and have no access to skill training, nor any money to do training even if they were able to.
Hair Aid has developed a five-day training plan that trained more than 5,500 people with great success! Each project is five days long and runs Monday to Friday.
Once this skill is learned the people Hair Aid has trained can create their own micro-business, immediately earning money to support themselves and their families. Hair Aid gifts each of our trainees scissor kits and/or a manicure kit (depending on which skill they learned) so they can begin earning money straight away with the skills they’ve been taught.
Below is a list of the countries we volunteer in – and the cost. These costs covers seven nights accommodation and other associated costs of the project (team uniforms, on the ground transport during the project, logistics, project insurance, administration, community fees, translator costs, local/in-country staff expenses/transportation/uniform expenses, location inspections, government paperwork requirements, graduation celebration costs, resource purchases, COVID packs, team medical kit, and other project incidentals).
In addition to the project costs, you’ll need to book and pay for your own flights and pay for your own private medical insurance (mandatory), and your food and drink during the project. Food/drink usually $30 a day. All other costs are included. **n.b. a slight increase in project costs has occurred due to an increase in our team insurance costs. This is the first cost increase since we began Hair Aid**
Each volunteer raises their own costs to attend, and this can be done via fundraising, or you can choose to pay your own costs. If you are planning on fundraising, Hair Aid can send information with some ideas of what to do.
- Cambodia (Siem Reap) $3,477 + Flights
- Indonesia (Bali) $2,117 + Flights
- Thailand (Chiang Mai) $3,477 + Flights
- Philippines (Manila) $3,139 + Flights
We also have a once a year Cambodia Induction Trip $3,097 + Flights. The induction Trip immerses you in the Cambodian culture, getting you ready to begin the full Hair Aid project the following week. **This is a 4 day once a year event held prior to the February Cambodia project and involves sightseeing, tour guides, orphanage visits, authentic Monk Blessing and water blessing and much more. Only 20 places are available on each induction trip.**
So, that’s a little bit about the project locations, costs and activities.
For each project, you will be required to be there on Sunday before the project starts for training, and can leave any time after Friday at 5 pm. You can also extend your stay if you wanted some personal travel time before or after the project.
Hair Aid is always looking for volunteer hairdressers to come on these projects! In fact, we can’t do it without you!
If the projects aren’t for you right now, fill in your details here and this will keep you on the database, and stay connected on updates about new projects as these are planned.
Here’s a podcast that Tabatha Coffey and Selina, the CEO of Hair Aid, just did recently, if you got some time, please listen to it, it will tell you exactly where can expect on a Hair Aid project.