We Need You

It was volunteerism that originally brought Mainsprings Founder and CEO Chris Gates to Tanzania. And it was his summers working with a boy’s home in Mwanza, Tanzania that inspired him to start Mainsprings. That’s why Mainsprings is pleased to welcome school partners and volunteers to our campus several times a year.


We are excited to offer 10-day Experience Mainsprings trips three times a year for individuals, students, and families who are interested in coming to our campus.  These trips give you a taste of everything that Mainsprings has to offer, and allow you travel with a Mainsprings staff person if you choose.  Unfortunately, at this time, we are not able to accommodate long-term volunteer trips.

2020 Trips

(please allow up to 48 hours for travel time on either side of these dates)

Experience Mainsprings 1: June 4-15  

Experience Mainsprings: June 17-29

Active supporters of Mainsprings may contact us about the possibility of visiting our campus at other times.

Below is our trip handbook for individuals and families.


Students in high school are eligible to travel on an Experience Mainsprings Trip.  However, spots for students are limited and filled through an application process.  Acceptance decisions begin in January.   Summer trips are usually full by early spring.

Student Application


Mainsprings works with nearly 10 different school partners who send groups of students and faculty each year to volunteer and learn at our campus.  If you are a school group, please contact us for more information, as we have a separate handbook for schools and students.


Mainsprings has two college internships available for the summer of 2020.  Application deadline is January 4, 2020.

2019 Internship Information

2019 Internship Application

Please feel free to contact us for more information.  We would love to help you plan a trip to see what we do first hand. We also have many opportunities for Tulsa supporters to volunteer in our U.S. office year-round.