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5y, 6m agoPosted 5 years, 6 months ago
I accept any abuse that comes my way, but anyone who's done it and has any info/recommendations of things to look at/places to consider etc...I would love to hear from you please.

Looking to go at the beginning of 2012 for probably 3 months.
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5y, 6m agoPosted 5 years, 6 months ago
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#1
just don't go into the jungle.........alone
#2
Well done you, wish it was me :)
#3
what you are going to do there by the way?
#4
Why Africa ?
#5
Well done and good luck.
2 Likes #6
choc1969
Why Africa ?

why not hackney, or chigwell?
#7
addjon
what you are going to do there by the way?


search for jinis
1 Like #8
choc1969
Why Africa ?


Why not?
banned#9
Someone hoping it's true what they say about black men?
#10
I would just say be very aware of the cultural differences. Dont expect to be treated the way you are at home. So you DO need to be much more aware of personal safety in certain situations.
1 Like #11
stewby
choc1969
Why Africa ?


Why not?


(_;) Wasn't asking you
#12
choc1969
stewby
choc1969
Why Africa ?


Why not?


(_;) Wasn't asking you


Sorry, I'll wait for your invite to post in future, my bad
1 Like #13
numptyj
addjon
what you are going to do there by the way?


search for jinis


GENIES. I never thought of that. That's even more exciting.

Anyway, I can't be bothered quoting but I'm hoping to teach and why not? Those are my answers.

I'm not interested in justifying what I want to do, where I want to do it and why I want to do it. I'm just looking for other people who may have done something similar and after some information/experience sharing.
2 Likes #14
master_chief
Someone hoping it's true what they say about black men?


that they have AIDS?
#15
angelfairee
numptyj
addjon
what you are going to do there by the way?


search for jinis


GENIES. I never thought of that. That's even more exciting.

Anyway, I can't be bothered quoting but I'm hoping to teach and why not? Those are my answers.

I'm not interested in justifying what I want to do, where I want to do it and why I want to do it. I'm just looking for other people who may have done something similar and after some information/experience sharing.


Sounds like a great thing to do. What would you be teaching? Can't offer any advice, but good luck.
#16
I would have offered advice as I've volunteered abroad and will be again in Sept but once again people are on the defensive.

Jeez oO
banned 1 Like #17
numptyj
master_chief
Someone hoping it's true what they say about black men?


that they have AIDS?


And very large needles to inject you with!
#18
I only got as far as Morocco but was travelling around so saw quite a bit. I hadnt really thought much in advance about cultural differences or had dismissed it.
I went on an overland trip and on a couple of stops when the group stopped I found that females alone were harrassed quite badly. ie without a man present

Edited By: WoolyM on May 22, 2011 23:24
#19
master_chief
Someone hoping it's true what they say about black men?


Exsqueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze me?!
#20
master_chief
numptyj
master_chief
Someone hoping it's true what they say about black men?


that they have AIDS?


And very large needles to inject you with!


and big feet :p
1 Like #21
numptyj
master_chief
Someone hoping it's true what they say about black men?


that they have AIDS?


[snip by DBA]
#22
WoolyM
I only got as far as Morocco but was travelling around so saw quite a bit. I hadnt really thought much in advance about cultural differences or had dismissed it.
I went on an overland trip and on a couple of stops when the group stopped I found that females alone were harrassed quite badly. ie without a man present


Thanks for the advice. I plan on going with a man but I'll bear it in mind anyway.
#23
angelfairee
WoolyM
I only got as far as Morocco but was travelling around so saw quite a bit. I hadnt really thought much in advance about cultural differences or had dismissed it.
I went on an overland trip and on a couple of stops when the group stopped I found that females alone were harrassed quite badly. ie without a man present


Thanks for the advice. I plan on going with a man but I'll bear it in mind anyway.


a black man with big feet and no condoms?...
#24
angelfairee
WoolyM
I only got as far as Morocco but was travelling around so saw quite a bit. I hadnt really thought much in advance about cultural differences or had dismissed it.
I went on an overland trip and on a couple of stops when the group stopped I found that females alone were harrassed quite badly. ie without a man present



Thanks for the advice. I plan on going with a man but I'll bear it in mind anyway.


and with that....VB1's heart shattered into a million pieces
banned#25
Don't take MPH from meeeeeeeeeeeee...
#26
numptyj
angelfairee
WoolyM
I only got as far as Morocco but was travelling around so saw quite a bit. I hadnt really thought much in advance about cultural differences or had dismissed it.
I went on an overland trip and on a couple of stops when the group stopped I found that females alone were harrassed quite badly. ie without a man present


Thanks for the advice. I plan on going with a man but I'll bear it in mind anyway.


a black man with big feet and no condoms?...

lolz!
u r so asking for it!
#27
master_chief
Don't take MPH from meeeeeeeeeeeee...

mph?
#28
magicbeans
master_chief
Don't take MPH from meeeeeeeeeeeee...

mph?


miles per hour...


or in this case mr potato head. Master Chiefs hukd love interest (strong homo) / bromance :p

Edited By: numptyj on May 22, 2011 23:30
#29
numptyj
a black man with big feet and no condoms?...


Sure, why not?!

master_chief
Don't take MPH from meeeeeeeeeeeee...


I'm sorry but...I need a protective detail. A hot one.
#30
numptyj
magicbeans
master_chief
Don't take MPH from meeeeeeeeeeeee...

mph?


miles per hour...


or in this case mr potato head. Master Chiefs hukd love interest :p

http://www.funnyforumpics.com/forums/ORLY/2/orly~1.jpg
1 Like #31
Not sure about Africa. Check out here
#32
mumbojumbo
Do you have any actual teaching experience?
VSO will take you on if you have the necessary skills.


Yeah am aware of VSO, thank you.
#33
mumbojumbo
angelfairee
mumbojumbo
Do you have any actual teaching experience?
VSO will take you on if you have the necessary skills.


Yeah am aware of VSO, thank you.


Yes, but do you have any skills? You need to think more in terms of what you can give rather than what you can get out of the experience.


Thanks for your input.
banned#34
magicbeans
choc1969
Why Africa ?

why not hackney, or chigwell?


I'm more of the opinion that the most deprived areas within the UK would seem like Paradise compared to some countries/regions of the world. Good luck OP.
#35
Good luck OP - have not volunteered but have spent some time in Africa and the schools will be very grateful for any help you can give them :) We have always taken school supplies with us and given them to the local schools - but you will need to be careful whilst out there as others have said as the people are so poor that we appear millionaires to them and they can sometimes be overly pushy to the point of harrassment. However if you are volunteering with a reputable company you should be with people who can tell you everything you need to know :) DD is actually looking at doing this next year too after her post-grad so will keep an eye out for your threads and any advice you come across !
#36
vraptorchick
Good luck OP - have not volunteered but have spent some time in Africa and the schools will be very grateful for any help you can give them :) We have always taken school supplies with us and given them to the local schools - but you will need to be careful whilst out there as others have said as the people are so poor that we appear millionaires to them and they can sometimes be overly pushy to the point of harrassment. However if you are volunteering with a reputable company you should be with people who can tell you everything you need to know :) DD is actually looking at doing this next year too after her post-grad so will keep an eye out for your threads and any advice you come across !


Thank you.

I don't think I'll find anything useful on here but it was worth a go (err...maybe). Hopefully I'll be in a position to give her a useful insight myself by the time she goes (err...maybe!).
#37
Special thanks to all the morons who have clicked/posted and dismissed what I'd like to do, by the way.
1 Like #38
Check out Childreach International. I'm climbing Kilimanjaro for them this Summer, but they also do 'Future Building' where you go out and help build schools etc in Tanzania. If you want to go out and teach I'm sure they'd be happy to help if they can.

I've also had a friend at church go out to Tanzania with 'Go M.A.D'. (MAD = Make A Difference) Could be worth a look.
#39
emhaslam
Check out Childreach International. I'm climbing Kilimanjaro for them this Summer, but they also do 'Future Building' where you go out and help build schools etc in Tanzania. If you want to go out and teach I'm sure they'd be happy to help if they can.

I've also had a friend at church go out to Tanzania with 'Go M.A.D'. (MAD = Make A Difference) Could be worth a look.


Thanks :)
1 Like #40
Friends of mine did about 3 months teaching in Uganda (other went to Kenya) during their gap years through AV ventures.
It's not cheap though, it cost well over £1,000 just to be placed in the school and very basic accommodation (obviously).
If you are the type of person who gets homesick, loves using the internet, creature comforts, are fussy with foods you will not enjoy it as much as others.
The children were very nice and my friends got a lot out of the experience whilst also giving a lot - they helped to build a new classroom and painted it nicely as well as the teaching and bringing things with them like pens, paper, rounders bat and balls, footballs, solar panel shower etc.


EDIT: I had a look at Africa Asia Ventures (the company my friends used) and 3 months would be £3,000 - £4,000! Then flights ontop. My friends didn't pay that so they must have done a shorter stint but spent some of the time travelling. It was well coordinated but still, it does seem a lot of money. I had a look for you and this seems like quite interesting: http://www.gapyearforgrownups.co.uk/Uganda-Community-Outreach


Edited By: sickly sweet on May 23, 2011 01:25: info

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