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Well basically the jobsearch ain't going too well, so I've spent most of the day looking at doing some volunteer work, its better than sitting around the house. I'm looking to do some volunteer wor… Read More
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8y, 2w agoPosted 8 years, 2 weeks ago
Well basically the jobsearch ain't going too well, so I've spent most of the day looking at doing some volunteer work, its better than sitting around the house.

I'm looking to do some volunteer work abroad, Africa in particular. Working with animals, AIDS awareness, construction....whatever it may be, I'm all ears.

One gripe I have is the prices some places charge, I'm looking to do as long as possible (6-12 months) but paying £1000+ just dosen't seem logical, I'm not looking to stay in anything better than 1* accomodation.

Is there anyone thats worked for a charity overseas or anything?
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8y, 2w agoPosted 8 years, 2 weeks ago
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#1
no help for you but good on ya
#2
I've made sure my kids have done volunteer work over here... never thought of sending them overseas lol

Sounds interesting though, good luck with it x x
#3
are you skilled ?

vso are one of the biggest - have you looked there - good luck -

http://www.vso.org.uk/volunteering/
#4
why don't you volunteer in this country first? it may help you to get a job or lead to paid employment with a charity overseas.
#5
bellabonkers
why don't you volunteer in this country first? it may help you to get a job or lead to paid employment with a charity overseas.


To be quite honest I don't want to work in the UK. There's places in the world that are living in worse environments that we do. Plus I'm sick of taking things for granted.

Also, work - UK - now = joke :p
#6
Your local hospital will always be looking for volunteers as will charity shops. Why don't you email various charities for some information on helping out abroad if thats what you really have your heart set on.
#7
ClarityofMind
I've made sure my kids have done volunteer work over here... never thought of sending them overseas lol

Sounds interesting though, good luck with it x x


I've done very small pockets of volunteer work over here when I was in the Army. Looking to spend some time away in a deprived country and really see what the world is like.
#8
Meadsy4742
To be quite honest I don't want to work in the UK. There's places in the world that are living in worse environments that we do. Plus I'm sick of taking things for granted.

Also, work - UK - now = joke :p


I understood you'd rather be helping out in a less favoured environment.

I looked up Amnesty but all I can see listed are UK positions....

Maybe they would know of something suitable though?

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/volunteer.asp
#9
Meadsy4742
I've done very small pockets of volunteer work over here when I was in the Army. Looking to spend some time away in a deprived country and really see what the world is like.


Why not just travel? My hubby and I did just that, not as tourists but real, get down and dirty travelling. Very cheap that way also.
#10
bellabonkers
Your local hospital will always be looking for volunteers as will charity shops. Why don't you email various charities for some information on helping out abroad if thats what you really have your heart set on.


What I'm tryna get at is - why volunteer in Britain when it could just as easily be a job. I've heard people come back a changed person, don't take things for granted, mobiles, laptops, computers.

It also needs to be quite a hot country because I suffer from NFCI to my feet, and my solicitor would have a fit if I went to somewhere like....Alaska :p
#11
ClarityofMind
Why not just travel? My hubby and I did just that, not as tourists but real, get down and dirty travelling. Very cheap that way also.


How you mean? Money is quite sparse atm.

But down and dirty? LIke mixing in with locals that don't speak a word of english?
#13
bellabonkers
Your local hospital will always be looking for volunteers as will charity shops. Why don't you email various charities for some information on helping out abroad if thats what you really have your heart set on.


Would the charities actually be able to give information on how to work as a volunteer for their charity in another country?
#14
I travelled to Thailand just after the Tsunami in 2005 and did 3 months volunteer work helping to clean up & re-build parts of Khao Lak, i then went on to teaching english to thai school kids for another 4 months, i didnt have to pay and i just emailed a load of volunteer agencies and NGO's in Thailand, had a few replies of volunteer offers and took the teaching one, worth googling for NGO's in the area you are looking to travel to offering them your CV or what you can offer them, got free accomodation with the school work (stayed with a local family) but the Tsunami position i had to pay for accomodation and the Thai's increased all the rates by over 200% even for the volunteers, thats why i left in the end due to the cost:x
#15
Meadsy4742
How you mean? Money is quite sparse atm.

But down and dirty? LIke mixing in with locals that don't speak a word of english?


I think you'll find that it's you that doesn't speak a word of their language. :thumbsup:
#16
Meadsy4742
How you mean? Money is quite sparse atm.

But down and dirty? LIke mixing in with locals that don't speak a word of english?


Yes, we went with nothing but a couple change of clothes. Slept where we could. Ate very little to be honest. Travelled through the near East, Northern Africa, Russia etc.
#18
What sort of work is it you want to do? I have a relative that does a lot of charity work in refugee camps and orphanages. She works term time only so she can spend time out there helping. It's not something I think I could do. I'd find it too heart wrenching.
#19
thesaint
I think you'll find that it's you that doesn't speak a word of their language. :thumbsup:


Actually it's truely amazing how many people do speak English even if its just a smattering of such, and even if you can't communicate in the same language you can still usually get by.
#20
clondikemike
I travelled to Thailand just after the Tsunami in 2005 and did 3 months volunteer work helping to clean up & re-build parts of Khao Lak, i then went on to teaching english to thai school kids for another 4 months, i didnt have to pay and i just emailed a load of volunteer agencies and NGO's in Thailand, had a few replies of volunteer offers and took the teaching one, worth googling for NGO's in the area you are looking to travel to offering them your CV or what you can offer them


Just what I'm looking for, I've seen a few earthquake volunteer work, but alot of it needs construction qualifications. What are NGO's and would Google present me with some contact addresses?
#21
Meadsy4742
Would the charities actually be able to give information on how to work as a volunteer for their charity in another country?


It's worth a shot isn't it?

They must have some information in place as I doubt your the only one thinking of doing this.
#22
Meadsy4742
Thanks, so if I just email them saying basically I want to work as a volunteer in a 3rd world country?


Just say what you want to do and ask if they have any relevant information and if they dont... do they know anyone who does?
#23
bellabonkers
What sort of work is it you want to do? I have a relative that does a lot of charity work in refugee camps and orphanages. She works term time only so she can spend time out there helping. It's not something I think I could do. I'd find it too heart wrenching.


Well like I said, AIDS awareness, alot of parents in places like Africa have lost their parents to AIDS and are placed in an orphanage. I would love volunteer work like that, really open my eyes.
#24
clondikemike
I travelled to Thailand just after the Tsunami in 2005 and did 3 months volunteer work helping to clean up & re-build parts of Khao Lak, i then went on to teaching english to thai school kids for another 4 months, i didnt have to pay and i just emailed a load of volunteer agencies and NGO's in Thailand, had a few replies of volunteer offers and took the teaching one, worth googling for NGO's in the area you are looking to travel to offering them your CV or what you can offer them, got free accomodation with the school work (stayed with a local family) but the Tsunami position i had to pay for accomodation and the Thai's increased all the rates by over 200% even for the volunteers, thats why i left in the end due to the cost:x


Sounds like a great experience though.
#25
bellabonkers
It's worth a shot isn't it?

They must have some information in place as I doubt your the only one thinking of doing this.


Yeah I suppose so, I just can't see how people are paying £2,500, that was for a week working alongside elephants and lions - sounds more like a holiday the things they actually carry out.
#26
bellabonkers
What sort of work is it you want to do? I have a relative that does a lot of charity work in refugee camps and orphanages. She works term time only so she can spend time out there helping. It's not something I think I could do. I'd find it too heart wrenching.


Sounds great too, I'd follow this up if I were you OP
#27
clondikemike - forgot to ask, how much were visas and such?
#28
Meadsy4742
Yeah I suppose so, I just can't see how people are paying £2,500, that was for a week working alongside elephants and lions - sounds more like a holiday the things they actually carry out.


Yes, that's nuts. That's a safari holiday not volunteer work.

Visas would depend where you go to.
#29
ClarityofMind
Yes, that's nuts. That's a safari holiday not volunteer work.

Visas would depend where you go to.


I'm not too worried about visas, its just the wait for them and the fact that they could quite easily refuse them.
#30
Meadsy4742
Just what I'm looking for, I've seen a few earthquake volunteer work, but alot of it needs construction qualifications. What are NGO's and would Google present me with some contact addresses?


Non governmental organisations, (NGO's)

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_NGOs

I just sent a flood of emails to them and any other charity i could find, was offered about 4 different things in the end

Also, how old are you? can make a difference, easier to get free volunteer work if you are younger
#31
clondikemike
Non governmental organisations, (NGO's)

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_NGOs

I just sent a flood of emails to them and any other charity i could find, was offered about 4 different things in the end

Also, how old are you? can make a difference, easier to get free volunteer work if you are younger


Wow cheers mate.

Really helpful information :thumbsup:
#32
clondikemike
Non governmental organisations, (NGO's)

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_NGOs

I just sent a flood of emails to them and any other charity i could find, was offered about 4 different things in the end

Also, how old are you? can make a difference, easier to get free volunteer work if you are younger


I'm 19 - 20 in June.
#33
Meadsy4742
I'm 19 - 20 in June.


Sounds great. There are big eye openers out there though, you know... you have been warned by a Mummy lol
1 Like #34
Meadsy4742
I'm 19 - 20 in June.


That makes it easier:thumbsup:

http://www.volunteersouthamerica.net/

or

http://www.burnerswithoutborders.org/bwb-goes-to-peru-we-need-your-support/

Mainly South America but some others, i will keep looking for you,
#35
ClarityofMind
Sounds great. There are big eye openers out there though, you know... you have been warned by a Mummy lol


Which is what I want.

I was in the Army from 16 and just missed out going to the one place I want to go.
#36
clondikemike
That makes it easier:thumbsup:

http://www.volunteersouthamerica.net/

or

http://www.burnerswithoutborders.org/bwb-goes-to-peru-we-need-your-support/

Mainly South America but some others, i will keep looking for you,


I just found the big NGO worldwide directory, what kind of things do I saw in the email to them though? I guess they get hundreds daily so would need to make it quite unique.
#37
[url]www.lukmefcameroon.org[/url]

[url]www.idealist.org[/url]

[url]www.pcdi-cameroon.org[/url]

http://www.vso.org.uk/volunteering/

Should keep you busy:thumbsup:
1 Like #38
Meadsy4742
Which is what I want.

I was in the Army from 16 and just missed out going to the one place I want to go.


If my son wanted to do this (he's your age ) I'd give him a hard time to make sure he knew what he was doing and then support him all the way.

Make sure you're doing this for all the right reasons.

Stay as safe as you can...

and enjoy it x x
#39
Meadsy4742
I just found the big NGO worldwide directory, what kind of things do I saw in the email to them though? I guess they get hundreds daily so would need to make it quite unique.


I think that being in the Army is a big plus to be honest, i think you just need to be honest in your covering letter and explain why you want to volunteer (dont say for free accomodation and food:-D) highlight your practical experience, as most of the work is manual etc
#40
ClarityofMind
If my son wanted to do this (he's your age ) I'd give him a hard time to make sure he knew what he was doing and then support him all the way.

Make sure you're doing this for all the right reasons.

Stay as safe as you can...

and enjoy it x x


Yeah, I got a hard time about it at school. I've just always wanted to do something thats different and defines me from the 'normal joe'

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