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Volunteer Options

Wondering about summer volunteer opportunities abroad
8 years ago, March 31st 2012 No: 1 Msg: #153972  
N Posts: 12
I was looking for some different options for volunteering abroad over the summer. I am a teacher and have off from the middle of June through the end of August and wanted a chance to travel and make a difference. So far, a lot of the volunteer programs that I found online require a fee. I really wanted to find an opportunity to travel without costing too much money. Does anyone know any volunteer companies or places that have a low fee or no fee to be a part of?

I really would love to have a chance to travel this summer and being a teacher money is tight! Any advice would be appreciated! Reply to this

8 years ago, April 2nd 2012 No: 2 Msg: #154120  
Hi Stephanie

A few years back I volunteered with a charity called Archelon in Greece. They are working to protect sea turtles and their habitats, mainly through monitoring work and publicity. Their fees are very low, just covering essential admin and insurance as you are technically working for them. It is cheap to stay there because you camp in basic sites and cook communally - so only volunteer there if you are ok with roughing it a bit! But it is a great atmosphere, everyone works hard but you get to hang out on stunning beaches with a fun group of people.

Archelon's website

I wrote a blog about just how amazing it is getting up close to a turtle laying her eggs: How to restrain a turtle...

Hope you find something amazing to do and have an incredible summer!

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8 years ago, May 25th 2012 No: 3 Msg: #156730  
Check out Barefoot Atlas (www.barefootatlas.com), they connect you directly with local grassroots organization in need of volunteers so you don't have to pay the thousands of dollars to volunteer companies. Reply to this

8 years ago, June 2nd 2012 No: 4 Msg: #157091  
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WorldVentures has found another way to give back to the community through the creation of the Manifest Foundation. This venture is just another of the many philanthropic works for which WorldVentures is very well-known.

WorldVentures is a lifestyle company that markets unique travel products including value-driven vacations, high-end luxury travel vacations and marketing opportunities to its members and Representatives. Founded in December 2005, the company is an emerging leader in the leisure travel industry. The young company regularly “gives back” through several charitable organizations such as Susan G. Komen, North Texas Food Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Iraq Star Organization (which provides cosmetic and limb replacement surgery to returning soldiers), Haitian Relief Fund, The Nancy Lieberman Foundation and others. WorldVentures is a privately-held company based in Plano, TX, with active Representatives and customers across the globe and in the United States.

“We want to help positively affect the lives of as many needy children as possible throughout the world,” commented WorldVentures’ Chief Strategy Officer Eddie Head. “And with the Manifest Foundation, it’s very easy for us to make a huge impact.”

The Manifest Foundation has been created to support organizations which specifically aid children, by helping create strong foundations for health, education, and mentorship, as well as contributing to the financial support which is so desperately needed. And true to the tenets of the Foundation, WorldVentures is launching the inaugural Manifest Foundation effort which will be a “Voluntourism” DreamTrip, which allows those on vacation to give a portion of their time and/or money to help build schools in impoverished areas of Central America. This project is lead by the global not-for-profit organization Hug it Forward and the Peace Corps Volunteers.

The Bottle School Project provides permanent classroom structures for children who have none. Instead of using cinder blocks to build school walls, “ecoblocks” are used. WorldVentures staff, members and Representatives will help the community craft these ecoblocks by stuffing discarded plastic bottles with bags and other insulating trash. The ecoblocks are then stacked in between chicken wire before being covered in a cement and sand mixture. This method of construction is both eco-friendly and economical, and independent structural analysis has testified to the strength and safety of the buildings.

WorldVentures and Hug It Forward share the common belief that with the opportunities provided by education, children will be able to lift themselves and their families out of a cycle of poverty, malnutrition and disease.

In another ambitious program The Manifest Foundation, in partnership with the Nancy Lieberman Foundation and Sport Court®, is launching the “DreamCourts” project. The DreamCourts project is a public outreach program that will provide resources to erect modular basketball courts in areas that cannot financially support the construction of new recreational facilities for young people. This state-of-the-art construction method is inexpensive, hard-wearing, and allows for installation in hours instead of weeks. The partnered foundations hope to earn the support of friends in media, sports and government to create a destination for kids who otherwise would have no outlet for sports or after school activities. The program promotes an active and healthy lifestyle, and encourages team play to be an integral part of their daily activity.

With these efforts well under way and the ambitious plans for future work through the Manifest Foundation, WorldVentures’ tagline of “Make a living… Living!” has been aptly rephrased to “Make a living…Giving!”

Fore more information contact Victor Salmon <snip>

[Edited: 2012 Jun 02 23:34 - The Travel Camel:11053 - No dropping commercial links, emails or phone numbers on this forum, thanks.]
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8 years ago, June 3rd 2012 No: 5 Msg: #157152  
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Hi stephanie 😊

I too have a problem with places you volunteer at and having to pay stupid fees.

Whilst in Vietnam i volunteered with Vietnam Volunteer Network and worked at Go Vap Orphanage in HCMC.

it was one of the most amazing experiences ever.

Equally, if your on a really tight budget and want to volunteer somewhere for food and board..id reccomend helpx.net 😊 Reply to this

8 years ago, June 8th 2012 No: 6 Msg: #157382  
I'm going to be in various parts of far east and south east asia from September onwards for 9 months to 1 year and would also like the opportunity to volunteer somewhere, maybe more than once while on my travels, to hopefully give a little back.

Is it easy to pick up volunteer opportunities whilst on the road? at short notice? say in places like vietnam/cambodia/thailand etc Reply to this

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