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1. Posted by Kaz P (Budding Member 83 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi Guys,

I'am planning a rtw for next year. We are looking to do some volunteer work. To Help subsidse our funds. The websites Ive looked at seem so expensive. Any ideas that dont cost a fortune. Looking at working at orphanage of schools or any other opportunities that come our way???

Any help would be extremely grateful



2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Volunteer work to 'help subsidise our funds'? You mean, getting paid? In that case, I don't reckon you have a very high chance of success.

Cheapest would be to organise things yourself, i.e. get in touch with potential sites directly. This is not at all easy, though, and since paperwork can be rather complex, most institutions will not be interested in your help unless you are sent through a bonafide agency. You might want to contact the catholic church; the bishopric in the area you're interested in may be able to help you, but you'd still need to arrange permits etc. yourself.

If you're in it for the money, as seems to be the case, I'd recommend that you try to get a paid job instead. It's harder and harder to find something these days, but you might still be able to secure a joblet as a teacher of English somewhere.

A third option is to look through the classifieds in the country you're interested in. I have good experiences with, who even have a dedicated voluntariado section (with the results for Paraguay in the link).

3. Posted by jessyt81 (Budding Member 18 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I truly doubt very many volunteer organizations will be able to assist you in subsidizing your RTW funds...There are only a few organization who will provide food/accomodation and sometimes flight if their volunteers sign a 1-2+ year contract. If you're planning to skip from city to city, might I suggest waitressing or something in the service industry - it doesn't require a specialized skill and some restaurants need the extra (though temporary) hands. Being in the service industry while you're travelling will definitely assist your funds and you'll meet new people. Nothing like working with locals/other travellers to take you to the places that you'd never find on your own!

4. Posted by Cecilia22 (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

hi, i work in a travel agency in Lima Peru, and we are looking for a volunteer who wants practice with us around 3 months helping with translations, and practice spanish, we offer accomodation and food if someone is interested can write or check to this website:


Cecilia Barrientos

5. Posted by L.Cough (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

There is an organization WWOOF. Depending on what kind of volunteer work your looking for. This is Willing Workers of Organic Farms. They do short term farming projects from 1 week to several months, And the host farms provide accomadation and food for your stay. I have not actually done this, but a buddy of mine did it in argentina and said it was great. I am also planning a trip through central and south america starting in september, and plan to use this resource to extend my stay for a few extra months free of charge. I do think that you have to sign up and pay a minimal membership fee, like 10 dollars, and they give you a list of farms that are willing to give you work and put you up. You should look into it, this is the only "free" volunteer program that I have found that doesn't require specific skills or long term stays.