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1. Posted by anglosurma (Respected Member 106 posts) 10y

Hi there all fellow travellers , next year im doing a rwt and why im doing it i wish to do atleast 6 months volunteer work , im doing english teaching in africa but are looking around at other projects only they do cost alot of money and i can not afford to pay for only 1 month, ive checked many places even Btcv, any ideas thanks

2. Posted by Margrethe (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

I wanted to do Volunteer work this fall, but instead I'm going to Vietnam to study, because I couldn't find volunteer work that didn't cost a whole lotta money.. I can pay for travel expences myself, but I can't afford to pay for expences during my stay. I'm looking for volunteer opportunities after christmas, especially in Asia (southeast-asia in particular), so if anyone know of anything I'd appreciate to hear about it.

I'll let you know if I find anything anglosurma.

3. Posted by stevemc (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

Volunteering should be free (i.e. there should be no charges to participate), but personally I am not opposed to paying local prices for food and board while volunteering abroad.

For those people pathologically opposed to paying to volunteer, there are free volunteer programs out there - if you can commit to a decent stint of volunteering e.g. 3-6 months.
Finding such programs isn't easy, you have to do some serious research and I don't mean a couple of evenings on google.

For example there was an advert on the Travel Tree forum this week
for volunteer English teachers: www.neweragalapagos.org
There are no fees - but you have to pay local prices for food & board.

www.eslcafe.com is a good teaching resource - ask on the forum about volunteer teaching jobs.

For free and grass-roots volunteer opportunities in South America
try www.volunteersouthamerica.net (its my site)

Sites that promote free volunteering in other parts of the world:
www.truetravellers.org
www.independentvolunteer.org

These are some projects in Asia:
www.childrenwalkingtall.com/Volunteering.htm
www.volunteeringinindia.org
www.kidsworldwide.org - have teaching projects in Africa.

HTH
Steve

4. Posted by stucknks (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

It makes me sick that people want to profit by connecting volunteers with charities. I have found a couple of sites that offer links directly to charitible organizations at no cost. Some of the charities do require a donation to participate, but many are free.

Check out http://www.vaops.com

5. Posted by fanta101 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

i came across these links, and was really pleased to see there were less expensive oppertunities. as i dont think i can comfortably afford m/any of the ones at gvi, which was suggested to me. i am cautious about such things. i don't know of any of those sites. so does anyone have information on any of these links? i'm not even sure what i am asking for here, but i just want some way to verify they aren't scams or unsafe or something similar.

6. Posted by fanta101 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

sorry i know that is really vague etc.

ie. has anyone here, or someone that you know well actually used any of these sites to travel, or sites that are listed on there sites. or can perhaps suggest other reliable sites that are similar (preferably animal conservation)

i did manage to find one site linked through a page on the discovery channel/animal planet website. links like that are very reassuring.

i hope i am making sense and that my query is clear.

7. Posted by tessrigby (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi,
Its possible to work at Buddhist centre's throughout the whole world in return for food and lodgings.
Centre addresses can be found at www.kadampa.org
You don't have to be Buddhist and this is a very nice way to meet people and explore the world.
Tess

8. Posted by Pyjamarama (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

Quoting stevemc

For free and grass-roots volunteer opportunities in South America
try www.volunteersouthamerica.net (its my site)

HTH
Steve

Hi Steve, I just wanted to say thank you for setting up this site. It is a great resource when I had completely given up hope of finding volunteering that wasn't of the voluntourism kind that you are bombarded with when you search google. I hope to volunteer with one of the projects on the website this year :)

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