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1. Posted by Scheys (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

Hi guys,

I have been surfing the internet from the bottom to the top now and still didn's really find what I'm looking for. My plan is to travel to Aziƫ in september, but that is just a feeling. I'm very attracted to the aria but didn't really do any research on it. I've stopped looking at south-america and africa because that only makes the decision worse. I really can't choose, I want to see it all and I want it now that I'm 22. I don't want to grow any older then I am now. Just stop time for a few years and see the world. However, that turned out to be impossible, so I have chosen Azie and will stick to my choice. The rest of the world can wait a few years I suppose.
I wanted to start my travel with volunteerwork through an organisation first. But it's so depressing that this is all so expensive. But I just want something to catch me in my first few weeks, so I can acclimatize a bit and then travel on by myself.
So now I m so tired of seeing all this organisations and not having the money to do all this great stuff, so I'm planning just to buy my ticket to Nepal and see once we get there. But I never travelled alone, so I would ask if anyone has an idea where I would be welcome for the first week or more, preferable some project where I can help, or people you know where I could stay for a while whilst making myself usefull to somebody but still have enough space to adjust myself to a new rythme of life? Or do I idealise this kind of things to much?

I just want this cleared out as soon as poosible, because when I should still decide to travel with an organisation for a while, I would have to decide this before the end of this month, wich is in a week ;)

All information is welcome!

Melanie

2. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Never understood why people pay a fortune to volunteer. If you really want to help then I suggest go to the country and find out where you can volunteer when you get there. It all seems like a huge scam to me, these volunteer companies. Just out to make rich people feel like they have done their bit so they can show off to their friends how they saved the world.
Just go to Nepal and see what happens. I'm sure you will be fine, you just need to buy the ticket and go, you will be suprised how it will all fall into place easily once you are there.

3. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

Quoting bwiiian

Never understood why people pay a fortune to volunteer. If you really want to help then I suggest go to the country and find out where you can volunteer when you get there. It all seems like a huge scam to me, these volunteer companies. Just out to make rich people feel like they have done their bit so they can show off to their friends how they saved the world.
Just go to Nepal and see what happens. I'm sure you will be fine, you just need to buy the ticket and go, you will be suprised how it will all fall into place easily once you are there.

everything you said +1

I listened to this table of "volunteers" talking in Kathmandu. The were trying to out do each other on how much they had paid, and the conditions they lived in. Not once did they even mention the kids they supposedly helped. The orphanages have tapped into this perfectly to take advantage of it as a money making venture for the directors.

4. Posted by Scheys (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

That's exactly what I want to avoid. I think I'll just take your advise and buy my ticket and see what happens. Thanks for the response!

5. Posted by MrHiluxdri (Inactive 5 posts) 7y

Hello Dear,

sorry that you have so much trouble to find a volunteer job in Nepal. Actually there are a few nice places where you can volunteer against free food and lodging if (because there are always if's)
a. IF you are a professional English Teacher or study for becoming a teacher,
b. IF you are a staff nurse or studying for nurse,
c. IF you have skills that help young Nepalese in their vocational training such as tourism, hotel management, cooking, waiter etc.
d. AND THIS is most important! If you can afford to stay a whole visa period of at least two months to have an impact and ...
e. IF you are in Nepal at the right time! For example Mid September till third week of Occtober is NOT THE RIGHT TIME!

WHY? Because it is the annual holiday time of all Nepalese ..the Dasain-and Tihar Festivals are taking place in that period and no one want to work or entertain any volunteers for any work. Simply because schools are closed, Training Centers are closed, Government Offices work only a few hours at specific days...and so do Banks. Nepalese who have to work during that period are unhappy and show this too if you need their service. Except in Travel & Tourist Industry of course...making money on Trekkers and Holiday makers goes on.
Yeroldyeti has a few good addresses of projects that need volunteers and do not charge money for that but rather give free food and lodge, but it has to be before September 19 or after October 21.
Feel free to ask more specific stuff.