My girlfriend is thinking about doing volunteer work in one of the above countries, she has looked around but some of them are so expensive, so we're looking for the cheapest /free option, for up to 3 months, for either late this year or early next year. Any suggestions/ help would be great, cheers
Cheapest/free option for what - the volunteering bit, or the cost of staying somewhere while volunteering??
The Volunteering, Don't mind putting money towards accommadation etc. Just the Volunteering trying to organise it from the UK is really expensive!!!
It really depends on what kind of volunteering your girlfriend wants to do. School, orphanage, land conservation, community upliftment, eco based, sustainable (everything)... the list is endless!
If you are prepared to do anything and are happy to do all the organising then you can google words like community development initiatives, community projects, environmental conservation project etc and the country you want to go to. This will give you a list of local organisations who you can contact directly for a informal volunteer experience. It is often very cheap (or free) to organise this kind of thing with the projects (ie: orphanage/school/EPP) directly. You would ultimately be responsible for all of your accommodation, transport etc.
For a more organised volunteer plan I recommend contacting the following: African Impact or TCD Trust who do a lot of work in southern africa, or Habitat for Humanity who are worldwide (all you will find on-line). The feedback i get is always fantastic and they all have a variety of different options to consider. They can recommend suitable Tanzanian organisations for you as well.
Heelo there. Im very new here but before I go to bed I thought I would put up just one post. I am staying with a friend of mine in England who is a respected member on Travellerpoint and they have just persuaded me to sign up. Its all quite exciting. It will be interesting to see what sort of response I get to my first piece of advice.
I suggest that as a keen person to do some volunteering abroad you firstly get some books out the library, internet browsing isnt everything you know and read about peoples experiences in those places. Then try and get a short holiday to the region you want to stay in. I did volunteering for 10 years and some of it was good while other times it wasnt. I got malaria in Zimbabwe and still suffer side effects now. A really vile illness.
If you are really enthusiastic about volunteering overseas then get in touch with some of the really big organisations and ask them for an interview. There is some paperwork involved but nothing that takes all day. Its a terrible thing to say but over 90% of overseas volunteers get some sort of bad illness that lays them out for many weeks.
So thats a little of the negative side of things. Ive done voluntary work in Africa, Eastern Europe, South America and parts of Asia. Africa was the most challenging place for me especially towards the south of the continent.
I did over 10 years volunteering overseas and wouldnt mind another couple of years sometime.
Im sure youre aware of all the vaccines you need and the costs involved in obtaining them. Then there are visas on your passport although most organisations will subsidise the costs of your drugs and papers quite highly. Some will pay the full amount on occasions. First you have to impress them with your enthusiasm of telling them why you want to go. Their not very interested in volunteers that just want to help out abit and sgo off to see the country they are in. On some days I worked up to 16 hours with very sick people. It can be very gruelling work for very little money. If you are not up to it then the novelty of being in a faraway country being paid a few pounds a week can be very hurting. However if you have the stamina to go for it then your first step is to impress the interviewers. If you want more help with that just ask and I will write some more for you.