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1. Posted by A-Russell (Full Member 28 posts) 10y

Hey guys this is my first post... and it's probably going to seem like a very stupid one... but here it goes.
I'm 17 and graduating in a few months and I really, really want to travel and right now I'm a bit confused. You always hear about people going to Africa to volunteer and whatnot but the only programs I can find will cost me up to $10,000 Canadian dollars. Now... I'm not the most experienced traveler or anything but... why should it cost me money if I want to help someone and volunteer?
Can anyone tell me about personal experiences or anything that may help me out, thanks

2. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 10y

hi Andrew,

volunteer programs charge money because they can basically, the average volunteer needs to be flown out, accomodated, fed other than it's a good way for them to get funding for the projects that they run.

If you don't want to get on a program like this the best thing to do is go to where ever you want to be and look around yourself for volunteering work in the area, this will almost never cost money and in my experience help is always needed and appreciated.

Also you could join a charity like amnesty etc that would provide you with details of their programs

hope that helps a bit, good luck and what you want do is really a good thing


3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Hi Andrew,

I've never looked into this myself, but I do know a few Canadian organizations recruit volunteers for various projects. I'm not sure if they charge or not, but it's worth a try to look:


Amnesty International

Development and Peace

Canadian Red Cross

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation

The last is a coilition of about 100 NGOs, so they can link you to different volunteer programs that are active right now.

4. Posted by A-Russell (Full Member 28 posts) 10y

Hey thanks alot for the help guys!:)

5. Posted by campingirl (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

check out this website, they seem to have some great programs.
You can find other links to volunteer programs on

Good Luck!

6. Posted by kellyb78 (Budding Member 58 posts) 10y

I know this is a UK site but try
I have looked into this and found it quite reasonably priced!

7. Posted by kellyb78 (Budding Member 58 posts) 10y