Volunteer Planned Africa Trip

Volunteer Planned Africa Trip
Accra, Ghana West Africa
Friday, August 17, 2007

I remember reading some burp by a reader in the Lonely Planet West Africa about you should volunteer while you are in West Africa. I remember thinking, why…?

There are many reasons to Volunteer, however one has just evaded me for a year and now I know.

Volunteer and the organization will help you to travel to Africa; more or less, they will be your travel agent. There are very few travel agents on the planet that could help you go to Africa correctly, however, the Volunteer agencies can help you.

I meet 99 percent Volunteers running around West Africa being tourist and 1 percent just tourist, me, so I am abnormal here, I am the one.

I would say the cost to use a Volunteer Agency as your Travel Agent would amplify the cost to travel by about 2-7 times the needed amount. However, if you need a travel agent, this can be the only option.

Note: I do NOT recommend volunteering, or paying to Volunteer.

Volunteer Planned Africa Trip


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Cheers to that Andy
If anyone has additional questions or a negative response to this post, Andy you can give them my Email.

A year ago, I got back from a wonderful volunteer travel experience in Ghana. I'm curious why you don't think volunteer travel is a good idea? It seems from my reading your Ghana posts that you're spending a lot of time on the logistics of travel, rather than getting to know the country and the people who live there -- the reverse is true in a (good) volunteer travel experience.

I think paying to Volunteer is not good.

This is the second time I have been to Ghana.

Volunteers in my experience live in fishbowls until they are done traveling, then then do a couple of weeks of travel and leave.

The price of Volunteering in Africa is crazy.

I have not spent 11 months of my life in West Africa.

I do not see any big problems in Ghana, sort of a middle range country. I do see something wrong when everone believes there is a NEED to send Volunteers to Ghana to help them.

I think they can take care of themselves.

Marcus, I cannot send them your emails because I do not get an email from them with theirs.

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