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History

Here is a German social enterprises with strong roots in South-India, where we started as 'AMAIDI Volunteering in India', back in 2006. Having grown to being a global player in the field of international volunteering in around 40 countries, AMAIDI combines traditional volunteering with the dynamism of an organization that works with small teams of young people. Have a look where we come from:  

 

2003

Foundation of AMAIDI Volunteering in India

2004

Together with the Cuddalore Foundation, AMAIDI collects money after the Tsunami to spend on first life needs. Supported by of a donation by Oxfam-Novib - a community building in the slums of Cuddalore Old Town.

2005

AMAIDI Guesthouse. AMAIDI helped Friends of Cuddalore Foundation in the first months of 2005 to spend the collected money on projects for the victims of the Tsunami. Due to stricter regulations all over India a cottage guest house near the beach and a few home stay set-ups need to be established, to ensure that all the volunteers are accommodated pleasantly and safely.

2006

AMAIDI Volunteering in India was registered as a Non-Profit Organization, enabling foreign visitors to South-India to work as volunteers.

2010

AMAIDI goes International. AMAIDI rapidly develops from a small organization in a more professional organization when Bangalore came on board. The number of organizations in Europe that wants to send its volunteers and interns via AMAIDI is rising. AMAIDI is still working with only a handful NGO-partners in and around Pondicherry and Cuddalore, an academic hospital in between the two towns and a few local high schools.

2011

Country Coordinators. AMAIDI starts to focus on Africa, South- and Central America and starts working with Volunteer Coordinators in Europe and US, as well as Local Teams to make sure that every need of the volunteers is attended to pre-departure and post-arrival.

2012

Volunteer Exchange Program. After a journey through India, Local Teams got installed across India to reach out to volunteers who are willing to explore other possibilities than only South-India. AMAIDI Africa is growing rapidly and in Asia especially China and Nepal are very active.

 

In December AMAIDI was invited to participate in an EU-sponsored volunteer-exchange program.

AMAIDI in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, El Salvador and Nepal are involved.

2014

AMAIDI had grown from being a small, India based organization managed by the Dutch-Indian couple, Jansi and Camille van Neer, to a global organization with around 70 people working in more than 40 countries across Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Middle East.

In order to serve its volunteers and associates all over the globe better, a growing need for a central coordinating entity made itself felt.

In February 2014 Tanja Siebert, with whom Camille already worked together, founded AMAIDI International gGmbH as the global Headquarter in Germany, functioning as AMAIDI’s CEO.