No Matter How Remote the Challenge, Volunteer Ministers Seize the Day

Volunteer Ministers bring their unique form of help not only in times of natural disasters that devastate whole countries, but also to the challenges experienced in everyday life.

This is where the Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tours come in—10 across the globe providing training in VM Technology to locations rural, urban and remote. The Volunteer Ministers give community-wide seminars and one-on-one training in how to improve family life, build and maintain relationships, improve workplace interaction, how to learn (Study technology), helping someone get off drugs, communicate better, and many more subjects.

On this planet, it doesn’t get much more remote than deep in the Amazon Basin that cuts across South America, with indigenous communities dotting its banks. Reaching these tribes requires transport by boat, but not just any boat—a bright yellow Volunteer Minister River Barge brings the yellow-shirted Volunteer Ministers and their helping hands.

Most recently the Volunteer Minister Amazon Extreme Pioneer Tour reached the Yagua people, an indigenous group of about 6,000 who live along the Amazon. When Spaniards first arrived in the area centuries ago and saw from afar the grass skirts worn by Yagua men, they thought they were women and named the river and the region for the Amazon women warriors of Greek mythology.

The Volunteer Ministers, upon arrival in the Yagua community of Maloca, erected their signature yellow tent and held a welcoming grand opening attended by residents and their leaders. Dancers in the ceremonial dress of their tribes performed, and the leaders in traditional garb welcomed the Volunteer Ministers and their aid to the community of Maloca. Within a few days, 100 people had visited the tent, many of them receiving training on one or more of the Volunteer Minister skills. One leader described changes he had already observed in the community from the seminars that had taken place. A local Volunteer Minister group was formed from those trained, starting with six members and growing fast. The head of security for 13 communities in this area of the Amazon was appointed by the Extreme Pioneer Tour to head up the Volunteer Ministers group. He is enthusiastic about his assignment and is actively building local interest in receiving Volunteer Minister training.


The motto of the Volunteer Ministers is Something Can Be Done About It, and that means whenever, wherever, in any part of the globe.

Vanuatu VMs assisted over 10,000 people after a cyclone hit these small South Pacific islands.
Brazil The Amazon Extreme Pioneer Goodwill Tour has reached over 30,000 people with seminars.
Nepal Within the first month of two devastating earthquakes and aftershocks, the VMs helped some 134,000 people.


To contact a Volunteer Minister for one-on-one assistance, to schedule an on-site seminar, to view chapters of the Tools for Life film or sign up for an online course, visit www.volunteerministers.org. In addition to online and on-site training, anyone with a desire to help others, no matter their creed or faith, may enroll at any Church of Scientology for training as a Volunteer Minister.

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Helping in Times of Need

The Volunteer Ministers are available on call at any time of natural or man-made disaster to help those in need. Donations help support the transport of these VMs across the world and the supply of basic resources vital to life for the victims of disasters such as food, water, tents and medical supplies.