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Volunteering when you travel

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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  017
DATE:  October 11, 2000
TIP:  Volunteering when you travel
LOCATION:  Cuzco, Peru



“Volunteering when you travel”

Jean asked a question?

“I would like to travel and do some volunteer work.
I haven't found a volunteer site that doesn't require,
or request a donation. I am a single senior woman &
can't afford to make a contribution and travel expenses also.”

This is normal to hear, but I do not think is correct.
It is sad, but my guess is 65 percent of all the places
to “Volunteer”, are nothing but frauds, or scams.
Some really believe that they are doing something,
but in reality, are self serving.

I can best give MY opinion, by saying what
I would not do:

Pay money to volunteer.
Donate money to volunteer.
I would not live with, and pay rent to the
management of the organization.
I would not do labor, that competes with the
local work force, and takes away their jobs.
Example: Pick coffee.
I would not raise money for them.

I would donate my time, and energy.
I would pay to support myself.
I would remember, “People that need help, require love,
and patience, and it is not usually fun”

The ones that seems the best, give you enough
money to live, food, shelter.
If the volunteer work is fun, and easy, maybe
you should “think hmmm”.
Helping people that really need help,
is a REWARDING experience.

There are 2 ways Volunteering is started:

1. Managed and arranged from your country.
Examples: Peace Corp
2. Managed and arranged from the country you are visiting.
Example: Work in the rain forest advertisement. etc.

Here are some links.
This is NOT a recommendation, just some links. If you
find good information, please submit to

        really good
        united nations
        united nation volunteer


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