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Volunteering in AFRICA!!

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1. Posted by khiebert20 (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

i am new to travellerspoint!! fun site so far though!

I am 18 years old and I want to volunteer in Africa! (a month or so)
I am not really to picky on what I want to do there, but teaching English, building school/homes, working with HIV/AIDS patients, youth, etc.
I just really want to go!
i would like to leave jan/feb/march area so i can be back for summer in Canada!

I was just wondering if anyone new any good organizations that i could go through. i have searched a bit on the net but its hard to find one that i can acess. (i live near Brandon, Manitoba)

If you have any tips or ideas for me that you be awesome!!!
Thanks so much,

hope to hear from you soon!!


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3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Hello Kim:)

Here is some advise that a member of this site gave to somebody else asking a similiar question to yours.

For volunteering: i have not found an English forum on volunteering travel. I would avoid paid volunteering travel, which seems to be a business by itself. Rather, before your travelling, once you have more or less an itinerary in your mind, contact some of the expats there on the ground (check with ). This is a small but very active blog community with great people. Many of them either work in the aid-world or at least will know people that can help you. So contact those on the ground directly. Don't go through a headquarter in Europe to find short term work (do that only if you want several months of volunteering).
Certainly living on the spot, working, will give you a completely different taste than travelling through, so I would highly advise that...

4. Posted by bashidan (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

thumbs up for considering to is a very good idea.making the world a better place,i think is everybody's concern and u have also taken the right step into doing this.Well i am currently volunteering in Ghana, west Africa and i am from Italy.Voluntary whether with idependently or with an organisation is helping to make a change,that is the most important thing.But is it safe to come all alone without a very vivid idea of how to go about doing thingS .For instance,i found myself very lucky to have registered for airpoirt pickup with the organisation i am volunteering with.When i got to the Kotoka International Airport in Accra Ghana,i was totally confused as how to go about things,here taxi driver's compete with each other for passengers,pulling you here and there,so if i had not choosen this service i might have even ended up in bad hands.Moreover i suggest that even if you are volunteering with an organisation you should do that with a local organisation, they more more about the need of the local people,they know the town much and they can offer you reliable security as they know how to relate with their people well.You just have to make research and find the organisation that is not in to make profit,some of them only take administrative charges from you for connecting you to a project and some fee for donation to the project,cuz they have a staff to take care of.Incase you will consider volunteering in Ghana,mail back i will give u all i know about the country.
Good luck

5. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 8y

I tried to write my sincere opinion about your decision.
Unfortunately I noticed that few members did not like my straight hard fact answer, and ask the editor to DELETE my answer to you.
so then
for the sake of entertainment, I write you, GO for IT even if you think you could spend for couple weeks.

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7. Posted by maasai (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

You can volunteer at Tumaini Miles of Smile organization situated in Kenya. Its an organization that takes care of orphans and improves the life of the people of western province in Kenya.

They have an HIV awareness program that dearly needs people like you a school that needs teachers and someone who is ready to change the lives of the needy.:(

8. Posted by kindlyppls (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Hello dear friend, I advise you to do volunteering work in ethiopia. Coz the ppls are friendly, and you can get many local and international aid organization who work on HIV and women and children. so contact me

9. Posted by drlatib (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Better to come to South Africa, get in contact with reputable organisations here and then go to whichever country in Africa you fancy

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]