Do you want to visit crazy countries outside the USA, the places nobody else goes to?Volunteering provides a good means for Americans.
Do you want to visit countries outside the USA, places off the beaten path, where nobody else goes? Volunteering is a great way for Americans to do so.
When your mother, father and friends ask, “Why are you traveling there?” you can reply, “I am a volunteer.”
The number of people volunteering outside the USA is growing by leaps and bounds. Yesterday, I met a volunteer from the USA who was working as an intern physical therapist at a hospital. And I thought to myself, “What a good idea; there is no way for him to accidentally cause harm.”
This American was educated inside the USA, and through his volunteer work, he can share his education and skills. As best I can surmise, he is not putting anyone out of work, and he is not competing with the local work force, which is how a person causes harm with good intentions.
I can hear an American executive saying, “Our company keeps finding these college students to work for free!” And a now-unemployed worker saying, “An intern came, worked for little or nothing and put me out of work.” That’s not the case here.
To Volunteer is Noble
To volunteer, to be a good person, to help, to give – these are the traits of a noble person, one who wants to help the world become a better place. It is thinking more about “we,” and less about “me.” That is a good thing, and this is the dream of the volunteer from the USA. He or she just wants to pitch in and help.
The Know-it-all Volunteer From the USA
Please, try not to use this phrase, but we Americans who wish to volunteer should avoid becoming “The Ugly American.”
This is more or less a person who is a know-it-all, who for some reason or another believes the American way is the only way. Volunteers, if you wish give your life purpose, this is a good, but we hope you are not a know-it-all as an American volunteer.
How Much Money Needs to Be Spent?
I sometimes think of Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, one of the richest persons on the planet. His foundation is giving roughly $500 million towards the eradication of Malaria.
My father is dying from cancer. How much money needs to be spent to find a cure? In a way, we need to just keep throwing money at the problem until something works.
Maybe by sending 100 volunteers, we, as Americans, can help the world to be a better place. If only one volunteer does good work, than that is progress.
Volunteer and give your life a purpose.
Andy Lee Graham
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Central America, close to the USA and Canada, with only Mexico in between, boasts thousands of volunteer opportunities at low or no cost, beware of websites offering 'volunteer opportunties' at $750 a week including room and board, they are middlemen, the world is full of middlemen, who earn a commission and projects that are having difficulty in raising money earn some from unwitting volunteers, so for those coming at least, to Central and South America here is a list of web portals that offer low/no cost volunteer work, after contacting on line several projects in one or two countries you are interested in, travel there and visit in person, try and talk to present and past volunteers there and if you have special skills and able to become conversant in the local language you will earn trust of locals and doors will open for employment as an aid worker or teacher, if you are qualified. From my 'primer for travelers to Central America'
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Many many humanitarian aid organizations exist in Central America and require long or short term volunteers, with or without special skills, all year around..view these non profit portals for no cost or low cost opportunities, contacting yourself any and all organizations you are interested in working with well in advance of your departure.. especially in the developing countries, as a volunteer, long or short term, you'll make valuable and lifelong friendships as well as trusted local contacts which may lead into full time employment in your chosen field locally. Ordinarily you'll have to pay your airfare and room and board to volunteer with many small projects as most have barely enough money to stay above water. Fundraising, a year round effort, often takes up much of paid staffs time and energy! The pro is you will be there in your target country or region and not online behind a computer screen at home! The smiles of a child or family in need we have assisted beats any computer screen or laptop for me by a wide mile! More information view these web portals: http://www.idealist.org/ in several languages. Worldwide 180 countries. http://www.truetravellers.org/ English Worldwide http://www.volunteersouthamerica.net/ English, Spanish Central and South America . Social andamp Environmental Volunteer Exchange Network http://www.the7interchange.com/ English Worldwide http://www.volunteerlatinamerica.com/ English Central and South America.
If traveling to El Salvador , meetup with me and I'll point you in the right direction! For my contact info. message me.