Are you passionate about helping people with special needs? If so, Sprout needs you!

Sprout is a not-for-profit organization based in New York City that provides travel and recreational opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities.  In order to offer these vacations, we rely on the talents, creativity and hard work of our volunteer trip leaders. The most important element in the success of any Sprout vacation is the personality and expertise of the leader team.

Our leaders come from all walks of life and from all over the world, sharing their own life experiences with the group participants.  The variety of backgrounds of our leaders adds unique perspectives and excitement to the trips.

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Testimonials & Volunteer Blog 

Sprout attracts a diverse group of volunteers from all around the world. While each volunteer’s experience is unique, all agree that the combination of hands-on experience and immersion makes volunteering with Sprout unforgettable. Don’t just take our word for it, check out what past and current volunteers have to say.

  • "I enjoy everything about volunteering with Sprout! It’s a great experience and makes you feel very useful. Some of the participants wait all year for their vacations and you are with them during that very special time doing everything you can to make it fun and enjoyable. You can see their happiness and it creates a very strong link between the leadership team and the participants."

    Charles Ziemichod, France Leader since 2013
  • "What I love most about working for Sprout is seeing all the huge smiles and happy faces during the vacation trips. Every time you see how much the participants are enjoying their time and experience how much fun we are having together it makes all the hard work totally worth it. It is one of the most rewarding experiences ever."

    Christina Andreasen, Denmark Leader since 2004
  • "When you are volunteering for Sprout, it is not just rewarding because you are providing participants with the time of the year, but you also receive an opportunity to expand your life experience and grow as a person."

    Sergey Pankov, Russia Leader since 2014
  • "Sprout participants and leaders make the Sprout experience special.  Beyond gaining new experiences through travel, people develop friendships and lasting memories.  Sprout trips are well organized and volunteers receive as much support as they need/want."

    Myla Yee, New York Leader since 1997
  • "It's hard to describe in just a few words how great working with sprout has been. I often bring up stories about "sprout trips'" and some of the people I have been so lucky to befriend. For example, in Dave and busters one time, a client won 3 big stuffed animals from a grab machine. 3! It was incredible. We all jumped up and down like he won a million dollars. If you're considering volunteering with sprout, do it. You'll meet unforgettable people, go new places and do a lot of smiling."

    Teresa Moran, New Jersey Leader since 2008
  • "My time with Sprout is one of the most dear and challenging experiences I ever had! The participants are very loveable and I really felt that Sprout Leaders help them to spend their holidays with quality time and being carefree. Personally, I felt like I was in holidays too!! Sprout Leaders are characterized with their passion and their drive to contribute to people with special needs."

    Eva Fragkouli, Greece Leader since 2012
  • "Sprout has been one of the BEST EXPERIENCES of my life. The time I spent with the participants and all the volunteers is something I will never forget. I can't wait to go back!"

    Flavia Cortez, Mexico Leader since 2012

Got a question? Contact Sprout.


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New York, NY 10011

Phone: 212-222-9575

Email: leadership@gosprout.org

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    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and despite great efforts from the staff, volunteers and our generous community of supporters, we have come to the disheartening realization that there is no viable way to continue with our travel and recreation programs.

    As of June 30, 2021 we will no longer offer our travel and recreation programs and will be focusing exclusively on our film distribution service Sproutflix (www.sproutflix.org).