Volunteering Abroad?

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1. Posted by LucyAFS (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Anyone looking into volunteering around the world, while travelling too?

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 805 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I have a friend who volunteers on a hospital ship fairly often. She loves it. She can travel by herself but still be with people and has made some great friends.

Do a search on travel sites for volunteering and you'll find lots of opportunities.

Good luck.

3. Posted by FrugalTravelsNe (Inactive 2 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

If you want to volunteer in Nepal you will need to pay a daily food charge of about $10. But Do not pay an agency to place you. This is a huge waste of money, even if you need to do an internship. You can ask anyone. Everyone's a social worker here.

I have a small agency in Nepal and we always need volunteers. Right now we need people to help with the computer, social media marketing and website work. We also are getting serious about our Youtube channel and are putting a couple travel tip videos out each week. Here's one as an example of what we're doing. This one is about how to find a good, clean toilet and how to manage the Indian/squat toilet:

We do not support the orphanage industry. We also do not support allowing the teachers to leave the classroom to let volunteers do their jobs.

There is a right way and a wrong way to do anything, right? Well, here are a few tips on volunteering in a more responsible way.

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4. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 805 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I didn't realize there were agencies that placed people in volunteer positions. You certainly don't need an agency. Many places need volunteers. You usually have to pay your own way and that's fine, but finding opportunities through an agency seems a waste of time and money. If you aren't paying them, someone else is. Better the money should go directly to the place where you are volunteering . . .

5. Posted by FrugalTravelsNe (Inactive 2 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

There is an entire industry surrounding volunteering and NGOs. After paying $600 Euro one volunteer we 'rescued' was sleeping on a cot in the office of the school. I've written extensively and now we're doing a Youtube channel to help tourists, but I'm not allowed to self-promote here. I tried to post the info.

I think I'm going to get kicked off this platform for this post, but I really don't care. I just wanted to help.

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1255 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

You aren't going to get kicked off. It just trips the automatic monitoring when a first time poster includes links, as we get a lot of spam, and so we err on the side of caution.

Posting your advice on here is fine; linking externally to your blog is seen as promotional.

7. Posted by Stefmuts (Budding Member 126 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

It's true there is an entire industry surrounding volunteering and not all can be trusted and ask way too much money (and nearly non goes to the locals) but some are honest and ask reasonable fees for arranging volunteer work, if you have no connection to the place you want to do volunteer work they might be an option, but if you have the opurtunity to explore the options on site or you allready know people volunteering there thats even better

8. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 805 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

A good place to check for volunteer opportunities are churches and hospitals. There are church groups who do various projects and medical groups who send portable clinics. Both of these have lots of opportunities that have nothing to do with either religion or medicine but that are part of their outreach programs. For example, I played in a volunteer orchestra for many years. I have a friend who does art projects with various medical organizations. It is a therapy outreach. Another friend does secretarial work with a medical organization. She's not a secretary but she can type and file so can free someone else with more specialized skills. Think about what you can do and then find an organization that does it. Habitat for Humanity comes immediately to mind. Lots of opportunities if you do a little research.

Good luck.

9. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 607 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

These bloggers put together a set of steps to consider when looking for an organisation to volunteer with:

How to find an ethical volunteer abroad program

How to ethically volunteer anywhere around the world

It is definitely worth vetting any organisation before giving your hard earned time and effort.

10. Posted by Rohbear (Budding Member 14 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

While I can't speak to any of the other branches, the Jubilee House in Leon, Nicaragua is doing excellent work without the heavy hand of religious proselytizing/converting that mission work sometimes engages in. I can vouch for this outfit because I went there on business. They regularly take in volunteers, particularly those with healthcare experience, as they support both a medical and dental clinic.

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