Volunteer comments

Maureen Burdynski, photographer

"I chose the Congo after learning that the country is one of the world’s poorest and small projects can make a huge difference to people’s lives.
I have enjoyed volunteering in many remote areas but my trip to the Congo was special. I chose the Congo after learning that the country is one of the world’s poorest and small projects can make a huge difference to people’s lives.
My role was to help make a photographic record of the medical training and the trip. What made it special was travelling with Lucy with her close connections and knowledge of the country. Armed only with basic French, I was able to connect and laugh with the people. The trip to the Congo was an amazing experience and my highlight for 2015."

Linda James, 
Development and Communications Consultant, UPC


How do I reinvent myself?” That was a question I started to grapple with after a rewarding career in a large, international law firm.

Traveling to Congo for the first time in 2008 with my cousin, who grew up there, reminded me of our family history in the country where my aunt and uncle were American missionaries for 30 years. That trip influenced me to leave the corporate world in order to apply my marketing and development skills to capacity-building initiatives at Université Protestante au Congo (UPC) - www.upcongo.org

My current role has also allowed me to assist HandUp Congo volunteer teams on a whole range of worthwhile projects. Making a different difference in the world! 


Robyn Hutchinson
Community Development Facilitator


"I am committed to working with the DRC leaders via HandUp Congo to work towards sustainable, replicable community self-help processes.

Being part of the HandUp Congo team in 2014 was a special new learning experience.  At the request of Lotumbe village leaders, I co-facilitated discussions, with amazing local Congolese facilitators, in developing sustainable realistic community development strategies.

The participative processes included honouring the work to date over 100 years, and building a vision of the next 100! This was symbolised in the creation of a community song and dance, “Stand Up Lotumbe!”, which continues to be lived out of today, through the efforts of the revitalised Community Management Team, endorsed by the whole community at the church service at the time. "


Roma Mehta, Artist, Community Activist and HandUp Congo’s Creative Director


"I’ve always believed that together, we’re better.

From Taipei and Kolkata, I support HandUp Congo’s efforts by maintaining the website, designing event flyers and spreading the word to women friends.

The more people we can involve in putting the DRC on the world’s radar, the better."


Terri Shine, Photographer, Videographer and Social Activist


"You can't  underestimate the power of images and video. 

Using my love for photography and computer editing skills to create content to help raise awareness about the Democratic Republic of Congo is rewarding. What better way to help make this world more connected?"