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21. Posted by CasablancaChile (Inactive 43 posts) 8y

Hi, a friend from California recently spent some time in Peru working as volunteer with BWB.
This paragraph was taken from their website www.burnerswithoutborders.org, and there is a minimal contribution fee to volunteer ($5USD per day).

http://www.burnerswithoutborders.org/bwb-goes-to-peru-we-need-your-support/
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FAQs
What is the capacity of BWB in Peru?
BWB/Peru is comprised of volunteers from all over the world, working to fill in the gaps of what traditional disaster relief organizations provide. Although there are people on the ground that have taken the lead to find housing and make connections with the locals, volunteers who come to Pisco are invited and expected to contribute as you would if you were putting on a family reunion-where everyone is participating in making it a success. This is a disaster area, and the needs and actions change constantly. You will need to be flexible and adaptable to changing situations. We will expect you to come with your problem-solving hat on and encourage you to take initiative when appropriate.
Your Safety
Before the earthquake, guidebooks warned of prevalent muggings and pickpockets in Pisco. Since the earthquake, this continues to be the case. There have been more incidents of men, sometimes armed, stealing radios, cameras and money from groups of people during the day-or when people walk home from the market. These incidents occurred primarily due to volunteers not taking the necessary precautions against opportunistic thieves. These incidents do not usually result in violence but please be advised that this is a disaster area where people have very little and receive very little support from their government. It is not just volunteers who are targets but the locals as well.
By no means do we want to scare you away, but be advised that you come at your own risk. Those in the BWB volunteer group have experienced minimal muggings, and we have implemented a safety plan that has greatly reduced the risk of incidents.
While in Pisco, you are advised to take taxis between locations as do most of the locals. If you do walk, take very little money and keep it in a money belt. Avoid looking like an opportunity for a thief . Avoid wearing flashy jewelry or walking with an I pod, radio or even a tape player.
Aftershocks
There is still the risk of aftershocks. As time goes on, these are less likely. BWB has implemented an evacuation procedure and designated safe places in the event of an earthquake.
Basics
There is a minimal contribution fee to volunteer ($5USD per day). You get yourself here, and in return we all work together to provide shelter, food, as well as a rewarding and unique community volunteer experience. There is a suggested minimum stay of one week if you are staying with us. As long as you are working hard, we’d love to have you. Typically, we work Mondays through Saturdays. Occasionally, we may run projects on Sundays. You are welcome to volunteer with us even if you choose to stay elsewhere. The minimum age to volunteer is 21 years old.

Our typical daily schedule is as follows:
8AM – breakfast and morning meeting
8:30AM - Noon - work
Noon - 1:30PM - lunch & break
2:30PM - 5:30PM - work
6PM - dinner
BWB works primarily as a reconstruction organization....

22. Posted by tamara_p (Full Member 4 posts) 8y

I am a volunteer in Cameroon. I don't pay for the experience, but I don't get paid either. My organisation pays my accomodation and any work related transport. I pay for food, fun and my travel to Cameroon. It took me a long time to get here - including a string of rejections from relevant organisations.

Since I have been here so many organisations have made overt requests for my time. I have worked directly and indirectly with 5-6 NGO's. The feedback I get is that volunteers however experienced or inexperienced can contribute. The inexperienced volunteers can help to teach the local workforce some important aspects of working - creativity, problem solving, discipline etc. But this only works if the organisation is sufficiently mature. Otherwise all the negative aspects of volunteering surface.

So there is a great demand for volunteers at the grassroots level. Typically organisations who don't have a lot of money - and so cannot pay for flights etc and furthermore don't know how to go about contacting volunteers.

If anyone can pay their flight and cover their basics I can try to match you with some of the organisations that I have been dealing with. Mostly they will be in anglophone Cameroon. Just email me your interests.

My main affiliation is with pcdi - www.pcdi-cameroon.org. So you can contact me through them.
Or take a look at www.heritagetourscameroon.com - they organise volunteer placements but at a lower than usual cost (I have worked closely with them).
Or take a look at www.lukmefcameroon.org - they regurlalry have volunteers (you must pay your transport and accomodation - but you do not pay Lukmef a fee) - I also work with them.
Or have a look at www.idealist.org - grassroots organisations post volunteers vacancies on this site.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 21, 2008, at 4:19 AM by tammy_pcdi ]

23. Posted by WildJunket (Budding Member 42 posts) 8y

hey there,

yeh I've also volunteered in Tanzania at a low cost. There are affordable or even free volunteering programs out there, you just need to search for it, and we all know that volunteering shouldnt need a cost. Anyhow I got it thru buffalotrail.com, it was an amazing experience. Although it was only a 2 mth stint in Tanzania, I had the time of my life, and I believed I actually did help the kids there. We were based in a village btw Arusha and Moshi, and stayed in a host woman's house. I paid 250euros for the lodging and food, and contribute all the other money to rebuilding the school. It was in a bad shape, I was glad to help with the construction, teaching and just hangin out with the kids.

So hope this helps, check out their website, they'r a great way to volunteer! and also, if u need any help, I still keep in touch with the host lady..she told me soo much abt situations in Tanzania, she works in the Education Office n tries to get me involved in any project, i tried to help in as many ways as i could, n it was thru her that I managed to help n learn so much abt them and their culture. So if u need anything, I could write to her, and maybe you could just stay with her directly, and pay her for the housing and food, she'll be more than happy! ;)

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