Volunteer Work (paid)

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1. Posted by 333Stef (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi Guys,
Hope your all having a awesome 2013 :D

Was just wondering if any one had any experience of volunteer work abroad like teaching English to children or something similar.

If so could you just let me know a couple of good websites for finding volunteer work abroad? Preferably paid just to keep my funds topped up whilst out there, where ever it may be.


2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5586 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I'm not sure there is such a thing as paid volunteering? But there are of course teaching jobs where you get a small local salary for teaching. Usually you either need to be a native speaker or have completed a TEFL, and both probably doesn't hurt. In my experience these tend to be in Asia. There's a big market for it in china for example. Where are you traveling?

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I agree with Sam - the words 'paid' and 'volunteering' are contradictory in meaning. Yes, many of the volunteer organizations due charge their volunteers a fee to cover room and board. But, they do not pay a volunteer because the 'volunteer' becomes 'a paid employee'. Depending on their country, most have certain regulations to follow and hiring a 'volunteer' creates tax problems and/or violates their regulations.

Asia, especially China, is always looking for someone to teach English as a second language (TELF). South American countries are also a good choice though opening may be a bit slimmer than Asia.

I'll ask a friend who has been teaching in Shanghai for awhile (she is Canadian) about other opportunities that may suit your request.

4. Posted by 333Stef (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Yeah I was a bit confused when I was told that you could get paid for volunteer work.

Unfortunately I don't have any English teaching qualifications. The reason I was asking is I know a friend that went to Vietnam for a few months teaching English to the local school. He didn't have any qualifications as such just his knowledge of our language was enough to teach the children.

The reason I asked about paid was that he was being paid a small amount whilst he was there. I'm obviously not expecting to find something where I get paid a normal wage haha.

I'd love to go to China if I was going to be teaching English.

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6. Posted by tariqul060 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!


I would like to help from Dhaka if you feel free kindly take next step to do so..


7. Posted by Adi loqman (Inactive 3 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

i wish you'd come to sumatra, there is a lot of kids like to learn English but it is not that easy to get english lesson. of course they need a volunteer.

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