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1. Posted by Marki88 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

First of all thanks for taking the time reading my post.

My name is Mark and i am currently a University student in New Zealand. As this year shortly comes towards an end, have i been looking for a productive way to spend my break.

Being a Para-medic has given me the possibility to do volunteer work within my home country of Austria. Volunteering and aiding others ever since has been a big part of my life, and for this year was i planning to travel to Southeast Asia to help wherever i can.

After doing some research did i unfortunatly conclude that there are many organisations which obviously try and make money of people wanting to volunteer. Nevertheless have I come accross the one or other institution which looks really promissing, the most appealing so far, Volunthai. Teaching english in the northeastern part of thailand to rural children from poor background seems a very rewarding possiton.

As searching over the Internet can only give a limited perspective, was i wondering if anyone of you could recommend a certain place to go. Preferably would i work with children, be it an orphanage, school or other institutions, though am i not fuzzy when it comes to work. Being a former military soldier toughened me up :)
I would be more then willing to work on a rice farm, help building houses, everything someone could imagine as long as it aiding.

I am intending to stay three months, and if i find the right place, am I more then willing to spend the majroity of that there. I am willing to come up for my own accomodation and living costs, and if those are not to dear, would i also donate the rest of my weekly allowance towards those who need it more then i do :)

I have added a couple of facts about myself below:

Name: Mark
Age: 20
Languages spoken: German (first language), English, French
Degree: I am studying towards a Political Science degree focusing on Southeast Asia

If anyone can reccomend a place which could need an enthusiatic helper, please do not hesitate and tell me :D

thanks in advance

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3573 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I have friends in Phnom Penh Cambodia that help orphans and poor families with: housing, food, school, health care, dental care, etc. They can always use another pair of hands. There are no fees involved. If this seems like something that you like to persue, send me a PM and I will give you contact information. I wrote about the Soldner family in my blog.

3. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Perhaps you could check the VSO ( Volunteer service abroad ) or equivalent about volunteering.


4. Posted by meme2010 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

check out Earthwatch Australia for conservation research projects. they've got some projects in asia doing work with scientists and other volunteers.

5. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey Mark,

Welcome to Travellerspoint! :)

Check out this thread: Cambodia: Volunteers please to help children - no fees


6. Posted by Marki88 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

first of all thanks for those who replied and gave me valuable information!

I just booked my flight before and i am sooo looking forward to go!
The first organisation, volunthai, has already offered me a place to teach in north-eastern thailand!
if anyone of you ever encounters thais who speak english with a strong german accent, you can be
certain it was me who tought them at one point :P

I have contacted the organisation from the cambodian volunteer programm which you mentioned hien :)
havnt heard so far from them, but i am still hoping to do so. The most interesting and rewarding position
would still be the one that mike has introduced me to. i hope the soldner familie needs some help in cambodia :D

I will spend a total of 107 days in Southeast Asia, heaps of time to help and experience this unique, beautiful and fascinating area :D
My flight is taking me to bali first, after spending a week there will i continue to kuala lumpur where i will catch a train up to bangkok. i am planning to see as much as i can on the way before i will start working. i am planning to work for one month for the volunthai organisation before heading to cambodia. after one month in cambodia was i hoping to see a bit of laos before heading back down to kuala lumpur, catch my plane and spend another week in bali before it goes back to nz and my boring life at university!