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1. Posted by ELIZ1130 (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

My husband and I are looking to volunteer independently and
if any one has suggestions about volunteering. We want to do this
alone and avoid any large organizations. We are looking to help the
needed in areas where no organizations are but welcome volunteers.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
Liz G.

2. Posted by stevemc (Budding Member 28 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Try (Directory of volunteer ops, Xela)

Some others: (Guatemala) (Guatemala) (Guatemala) (Guatemala) (Costa Rica)

Steve McElhinney

3. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Help to Help, Work/Volunteer Worldwide

First, a very good list of websites offering jobs in the development area, worldwide, in the field of humanitarian aid, social projects, environmental issues, etc.,1&_dad=gov_portal_iefp&_schema=GOV_PORTAL_IEFP

Don't utilize organizations at home that want to charge you a "volunteer fee" to place your own research. Most agencies require you pay room and board at least while working on the site. If you a offered a full time job by an organization for 6 months or more duration, get in writing that you will be sponsored for a work permit, that includes teaching ESL or Computer Skills full time for renumeration.

4. Posted by findemundo (Full Member 127 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

While it is admittedly an "organization," I had an excellent experience with Willing Workers on Organic Farms You do have to join for US$10; the fee helps the organization maintain a list of organic farms around the world that accept volunteers.

WWOOF heavily discourages farms from "charging" volunteers, I worked for a month on a jungle farm in Ecuador that raised trees to reforest the jungle. It was an excellent experience, and while every farm and farmer will be different, I thoroughly enjoyed the people at WWOOF and the farm where I worked.

I apologize if this doesn't meet your "no organization" wishes, but I think WWOOF is a viable alternative if you have a difficult time finding a place to volunteer.

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