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1. Posted by jenners10 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hello Everybody,

I feel strongly about helping with the food crisis in East Africa and was wondering if there was anything I could do beyond donating and fundraising - is it possible to join an organization and actually go out there to help?

I have looked on the Oxfam website but can see no information for people who want to go out there and work (paid or unpaid).

Any information would be appreciated so thanks ...

Jenny

2. Posted by Namaste (Budding Member 46 posts) 10y

Hey,
I'm also planning to volunteer since I'v decided to go for several months to Africa. Problem is that I can't really find an appropiate organisation. First of all, these well known big org. are more asking for fundraising then actually for someone to send over. If they need help abroad, these 'emergency'projects mostly ask qualified people (like nurses). Otherwise, if you are interested in other kinds of volunteering like teaching, caring for orphins, childeren, elderly people, animation, construction or whatever, there are a lot of organisations though, who organise volunteering projects abroad and these are accessible to almost everybody. The only thing is ....it's expensive!! Yes, you need to pay for your flight, visa, food, accomodation and local costs.... At the moment, I'm still doing my research but I'm more interested in smaller, local organistations to lower the costs.
Good luck,;)

3. Posted by benwah (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

I've done a bit of volunteering but not in africa though. But i know what you mean, I found it quite difficult searching for a volunteer agency.

A good friend of mine spent a good few years in various African countries volunteering and one of the things she told me is all you really need to do is just go there.

Travel around, have a holiday and when you come across a project then ask them if they need a volunteer or know of a project that does. Better than forking out all that extra cash and you see first hand what you will be doing.

Best of luck!
Ben

4. Posted by Erinnn (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

hey guys,

I just joined this site!
My name is Erin and I too am planning to do the same thing in east Africa starting sept'06.
I have volunteered before in Cambodia and Guatemala, but this will be my first trip to Africa.
I have been doing alot of research and can't decide whether to go and find a placment once I am there (that's what i usually do) or set something up from home??
I keep getting mixed reveiws from other travellers and friends.
Here are some good site to check out check:
www.kidsworldwide.org
www.softpoweruganda.uk.co
(not sure i am allowed to post that info or not??.....oh well!!)
I am in contact with both organizations on a regular basis right now.
on the kidsworlwide site I am currently interested in Kinship house in Kampala, Uganda.
I would love anyone elses imput or to meet up with anyone interested in the same thing.
I am planning on volunteering for a few months in East Africa then travelling overland ending up eventually in Cape town.
My time line will be open and flexible.
any suggestions are welcome!
cheers,
Erin.

5. Posted by thejenster (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Hey,
For the food crisis they are mainly looking for qualified aid workers. I volunteered in Kenya last year but with camps international. and although i had the time of my life it was very expensive. best to find a charity so you only have to pay for flights. try www.idealist.org and search. all i can say is go for it. nothing ios more rewarding than working with the wonderful spirit of the african people. i want to live there now. if you need any info on africa emial me.
love jen

6. Posted by tbag (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Hi there,

I have done a bit a research into this as I'm planning to do some volunteer work in africa too. Check out http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/work/volunteer/volunteerprogramsafrica.shtml

There a huge list of organisations, some only charging $US200-300 for a 1 month volunteer placement, which cover your food and accommodation.

Cheers

t

7. Posted by rugzakin13 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

hey guys, i volunteered with i-to-i travel last year in Ecuador and had a really good time with them - my purse actually got stolen while i was there and the in country staff lent me enough money to get by for the rest of the time and even let me borrow her camera went i went to the cloud forest for the weekend, so i'd be happy to recommend the organization.

i'm looking to go to eastern africa with them this year -- would anyone be able to recommend kenya (mombasa or nairobi) vs tanzania?

thanks!! :)

8. Posted by Flint (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

Hi guys there are vast opportunities in volunteering in Kenya especially around the coast/mombasa..

Mombasa Volunteering have a few projects that you will find very exiting.

At the moment they have ongoing projects that they partner with in volunteering. Some are based in the urban areas and some in the rural area.

You could help out in;
• Teaching in very needy schools
• Community development programs
• Cildlife and forests conservation
• Marine conservation.
• Working in orphanages.

All this projects are available depending on your interest. They will hopefully be able to place you in the same project with your partner.

Accommodation is mostly in host families that are warm and welcoming. Staying with a host family gives you the advantage of learning the local culture as well. However upon request they can also arrange alternative accommodation.

Please let them know which of the above projects you would be interested in then they will send you more information.

mombasavolunteering at yahoo dot com

9. Posted by kfizz (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I volunteered with an organization in Cameroon through KidsWorldWide.org and it was wonderful. The website acts as a sort of middle man between the organizations and you and have really (through my experience) vetted the groups to make sure the programs are safe and worthwhile. I can't personally speak for every program on there but I would assume the same level of trust for any other group on there as the one I ultimately volunteered with.