Certain times of year are better for departures, given the seasons, local statutory holidays and school holidays. Have a look at the missions that are recruiting to find out which groups you can join. We can also form tailored groups based on your availabilities. We encourage cooperants to recruit professionals they know to start new groups.
The procedures change from one destination to the next. In all cases, you need a valid passport that expires six or more months after your return date. The project manager in charge of your mission lets you know what the procedures are and what papers you need for each mission, but it is the cooperant's responsibility to obtain the documents within the required timeframes. TSF handles flight reservations and insurance.
Some destinations require that you get vaccinated or take a specific medication. We recommend that all our cooperants go to a travel clinic to get information about the countries they're interested in.
We want everyone to have the same coverage. We choose insurance that is suitable for missions in exotic locations.
In addition to completing the administrative procedures, we ask that cooperants take part in a pre-departure meeting, during which they receive all the information they need for their trip. At this meeting, group members also fill their suitcases with all the devices and supplies they need for their mission. Everything is provided for TSF.
Registrations take place year round. To find out the deadlines for each mission, go to the
Missions recruiting section.
Missions in Latin America are two weeks long, while those in Africa and Asia are three weeks long.
Cooperants work Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the first two weeks.
They are free on weekends and can extend their stay to visit the country.
Field partners are local health centres, NGOs and religious communities with which we have been working closely for many years to send teams of professionals. Field partners greet the teams at the airport, ensure their transportation to the work site and take care of their lodging. They also recruit patients and connect the community with the coopérants.
The living conditions in the field are simple.
One of Terre Sans Frontières's partners determines where you stay.
The food meets our health criteria.
If the field partner is unable to provide lodgings to cooperants, they stay in moderate hôtels.
Our field partners are there to respond to any emergency. In all cases, you must call the insurance company to inform them of the situation. During the pre-departure meetings, we ensure you are as prepared as possible. We are always available during the mission for emergency situations.
Our teams provide homeopathic care and help improve local front-line intervention capabilities.
Of course. We recruit interpreters for our missions in Latin America who bridge the gap between cooperants, partners and clients.
Cooperant safety is a top TSF concern. We only send cooperants to areas we know to be low-risk, and only when the situation is stable. If an event arises before departure, TSF takes the necessary measures to ensure the group's safety.
What is expected when cooperants return?
We ask that cooperants return the mission materials, boarding passes as well as photos. Each group is required to complete a mission report.
We sometimes need volunteer professionals to help us manage our inventory.
You can also become a member of our advisory committee if a position is open, to help us improve our processes and facilitate mission logistics.
If you are not a professional but want to contribute to our mission, you can become a sponsor and make a donation.