Hi, me and my girlfriend have been volunteering abroad in southern spain trough workaway.info. Which has been great so far. It's been the cheapest holiday ever and we've learned a lot of new skills.
We work a few hours a day in exchange for food and accomodation, in the weekend we have surf lessons and during the week (after work) we relax and go to the beach. We only work mornings and don't have to do anything in the weekend and the work itself is very interesting, it's everything from building projects to preparing an exciting lunch.
Let me know, if you want to know more.
Seems like this thread has been bumped up recently... but if you're still looking into volunteering in Thailand, then you should definitely go! I went to volunteer there last summer and absolutely fell in LOVE with the place! Thai culture is so exciting and inspiring, and the volunteer work I was involved with was very worthwhile.
My friend and I participated in two volunteer programs, one in Northern and one in Southern Thailand. One of the projects involved us in relief and restoration works for Thai people affected by a tsunami at the Andaman Sea Coast, and it was just a life-changing experience. In another, we worked with Thai orphans in a very impoverished area, and we were able to give them some lessons, play with them, and really connect with the local people. In a word, if you're thinking about volunteering in Thailand you really should!!!
We traveled through CADIP (www.cadip.org) and they were totally legit throughout and definitely the cheapest I've found. I have one other friend who went to Iceland with them and she was happy with it. Everything was covered and we were part of a group of international volunteers, so I made a lot of friends, and I think it was much better than if I had gone alone.
Thailand is just amazing and so much in need... It's a great place to volunteer.
[ Edit: Edited on 24-May-2010, at 17:52 by travel_Kat ]
Hi, when I went travelling I did some volunteer work in India. It's a good way to get to know a nice group of people! My best advice would to be that you should leave a bit of time spare after the volunteering because in my experience (of doing two lots of volunteer work with different groups of people) people generally stay on for a bit of inderpendant travel (which is always good because by then you would be very familier with how 'the country works'.
Alos this has probably been said before, but you can often just bypass the agencies in your home country who sell you the trip and book it for about half the price direct with the local company (it can be hard to find the real local oporators but with enough delving you should be able to).
i love to volunteer and help people, i wanted to express my care to them
because i use to be a caring person for sick people.
it felt so great to help the people who needs care.
I have friends in Phnom Penh that can always use another volunteer. They help orphans and poor people with: shelter, food, schooling, medical & dental care. No fees involved. If you want more info, send me a PM.