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1. Posted by Joao (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

I am planning to go on a RTW trip for some time, and I'm thinking of stopping for a while to do some volunteer work in India or another country in Southeast Asia.
The thing is that I'm not planning to do a long-term volunteering, I was considering like 2 to 3 weeks. I know some charities are relunctant to accept people that stay for little time with them, but I'd preffer to do some time than no time at all.

Can anyone recommend me where to search for that kind of short term volunteering, or any idea who is needing most that kind of help?
I would appreciate any tip based on your personal experience.

Cheers

2. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Hi Joao,

there are plenty of good websites around, that cover all types of projects and duration.
But bear in mind, nearly all organisations fund themselves by volunteer contribution, so it won't be free.
I use www.idealist.org a lot, it's got a big database of organisation of all types of volunteer work.
As for the duration, that's no problem. A lot of organisations do 2-3 week projects, so don't worry. Long Term is more difficult to get if you don't have specific skills.
I am sure you will find a project that you like and you won't regret doing voluntary work, I found it the most rewarding thing I've ever done.

3. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Have you considered Nepal?

4. Posted by Joao (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

Thanks guys.
As for Nepal, I'm not sure yet if I'll go there. Those news about political turmoil make me consider not to go there.

But right now, I'm still up for anything, still considering what are the options.
Any ideas about Nepal, wocca?

And Pardus, you have to pay to do voluntary work? I have no problem making a contribution, but it sounds strange to pay for work, even if it's voluntary. Or do you have to pay just for lodging, food, etc?

5. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Usually the projects include lodging and food, so that's what you pay for along with other running costs of the organisation. In case of Conservation projects, these costs are quite high, but for a orphanage that's usually for food and lodging only, so the costs are lower.

And yes, Nepal has loads of volunteer projects going and as far as I know the Kathmandu Valley is no problem, it's just when you get into rural areas where you could get into trouble. The main danger being getting caught in crossfire between government troops and Maoist guerillas.

Do you know what area you would do volunteer work in?

6. Posted by Joao (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

Probably something related to children education, daycare, healthcare, etc, like an orphanage. Or any kind of support organisation for the homeless. Or conservation work.
I don't have any medical skills, so that's out I guess.
Cheers

7. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Probably something related to children education, daycare, healthcare, etc, like an orphanage. Or any kind of support organisation for the homeless.

Yes, that is much needed in Nepal as the government schools need a lot of teachers! But please take note that the class size might up to 1 teacher: 70 students per class! I have read many volunteers' posts from Nepal - one of the NGO is doing this - INFO; they also need people in environmental awareness and sanitation.

Pardus offered a great site where you can study each volunteering and make up your decision then.

Good luck...

Ang ah! I forget months ago a young lady around 2+ had gone back to Malaysia as she chose to work as volunteer in India for years till she came up with a book and appeared in media too! Let me see if i can get any detail about it... many people touched after reading her views and experiences in India...it's about life and death...