So maybe this is naiive of me but part of me really wants to up and move to a village in Africa and just help.
I know there are programs that allow you to go for a couple of weeks to volunteer, but I'm not trying to pay $3000 plus a plane ticket. Seems stupid for me to pay when all I want to do is help people.. that should be enough, damn it!
I know there are some serious dangers and I couldn't begin to imagine how and if I would even be accepted into some village if I just walked up and tried to explain to them the reason I was there.
But it's something I'm trying to look into and I don't really know where to begin, so if anyone has any suggestions on where to go or what to do I'd really appreciate it.
The reason those programs cost $3000 is because that's usually people that want to help for a week. It's usually people with little in the way of skill that are required, and therefore they need to be "babysat" during the time. The $3000 is really a donation, and the gift in return you get is seeing your money at work.
If you want to move to Africa to help and stay for a significant amount of time, your best bet is to figure out what skills you can offer currently, or learn, and then start looking at various NGO (non-government agencies) that are doing work in Africa. Here's a link that I found with some NGOs: NGOs in Africa. You can look at those sites for some ideas of the projects they are working on.
The whole babysitting thing would make a lot of sense. Perhaps I should try one of those programs out first to find out if it's something I could handle emotionally and physically. It's easy to say I could, but who knows what will happen once I actually get there and experience it.
Thank you so much for the link, I really appreciate your help.
well,i also share thesame idea with u that paying up to $3000 plus a plane ticket will be alot for a volunteer,esp one with low income.But since u said u have the zile to help,don't worry u will be able to make up funds.How long do u intend to stay?i am from Ghana and may be of help.
Mombasa Volunteering have 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
• Wildlife 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 a 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 can send you more information.
mombasavolunteering at walla dot com or
mombasavolunteering at yahoo dot com
You do not have to spend all that much if you are volunteering, unless otherwise. You can volunteer in Kibera-Nairobi(the second largest slums in sub sahara Africa, or in some childrens homes(Aids orphaned), in Nairobi, Naivasha Kenya or even in schools as a teacher.
U may need some cheap accommodation, but some orphanages offer that. Alll you need is return air ticket and some little monety to spend say US $ 200 per day!
ii may help coordinate this if you are interested,
Otherwise, gud luck,