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Question: Volunteer for a few months - all expenses paid

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simple_complex 

Customer

 5 Apr 2009 22:50 UTCSun 5 Apr 2009 - 10:50 pm UTC 

I am looking to volunteer for a few months - 3 months to a year.
This can be within the US or internationally.
Where all food, rent and expenses are taken care of while I volunteer. Maybe even healthcare. This way I do not have to support myself - I only have to do volunteer work.
Religious organizations are fine too.
I work with computer software - but I am not particularly skilled in other areas.
I enjoy working with children.
Do you have a list of such opportunities?
If there are few organizations meeting the above criteria - are there some organizations where I can volunteer for a fixed fee with all expenses taken care of.
(I already know about Peace Corps)
I hope you understand the question and its intent.

 

myoarin 

User

 5 Apr 2009 23:34 UTCSun 5 Apr 2009 - 11:34 pm UTC 

Hi simple_complex,

Just a free comment.

There are such programs.  Some are directed at youth, so your age may be of interest to a Researcher. 
In some such programs, the person is hosted by a family, which in some countries can be pretty primitive by US standards.

Any preferred countries?  Excluded countries?  Excluded areas of the world?

If you are a high school or college graduate, that could also be pertinent for teaching programs.

Good luck, Myoarin

 

David Sarokin 

Researcher

 5 Apr 2009 23:36 UTCSun 5 Apr 2009 - 11:36 pm UTC 

I was with you until your line about volunteering for a "fixed fee".  What do you mean by that?  Are you expecting to pay a fee upfront, in order to volunteer?

Also, if you're younger than 21, can you let me know.  Thanks.

David

 

simple_complex 

Customer

 5 Apr 2009 23:58 UTCSun 5 Apr 2009 - 11:58 pm UTC 

Thanks for your comments.

I would prefer volunteering in Africa - I hope I will get used to the primitive conditions.

I could not find any free programs when I searched earlier.
I did a search over the internet. There are programs that are supposed to be Peace Corps alternatives. They offer volunteering opportunities around the world from a few weeks to a year or more. The is about a thousand dollars per month for everything included - except air fare and visa costs and discretionary costs. They offer opportunities such as volunteering at orphanages in Africa and around the world.
 
http://www.volunteerabroad.com/search.cfm

Thanks for your help.

 

easterangel 

Former Researcher

 6 Apr 2009 02:05 UTCMon 6 Apr 2009 - 2:05 am UTC 

This article provides a list of free or very cheap international volunteer/travel opportunities.

http://www.wisebread.com/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel

Does the article gave you the information you need?

Regards!

 

simple_complex 

Customer

 8 Apr 2009 18:15 UTCWed 8 Apr 2009 - 6:15 pm UTC 

The article does provide a lot of info and links, like I requested.
Any other info would be helpful too - such as the ratings/reviews of the organizations.
Thanks.

 

easterangel 

Former Researcher

 8 Apr 2009 22:30 UTCWed 8 Apr 2009 - 10:30 pm UTC 

I think there are other lists like these one with a list of programs with description along side it but I don't think there are reviews or ratings.

Would a list like that one above be good even without the ratings or reviews?

Regards!

 

simple_complex 

Customer

 9 Apr 2009 00:46 UTCThu 9 Apr 2009 - 12:46 am UTC 

Sure other lists like the one above would be helpful.
thanks.

 

easterangel 

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 9 Apr 2009 04:01 UTCThu 9 Apr 2009 - 4:01 am UTC 

Hi simple_complex!

Here is the list of articles and directories I collected whic are very similar to the sample list I gave above which you said apt for your request.

"10 Volunteer Opportunities For Free Travel"
http://matadorchange.com/10-volunteer-opportunities-for-free-travel/

"5 Free (or Almost Free) Vacations"
http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/cheap-vacations-50030509

"Volunteer, and travel the world for free"
http://www.independent.co.uk/money/invest-save/volunteer-and-travel-the-world-for-free-496405.html

"100 Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work Opportunities"
http://www.overseasjobcentre.co.uk/100_free_volunteer_work_opportunities.shtml

FUNDACION  MAYA IN  LAAKEECH  A.C.
http://www.yucatanadventure.com.mx/volunteering-FAQ.htm

Free and Low-Cost volunteer work in South America
http://www.volunteersouthamerica.net/

Volunteer in Africa for Free
http://www.serveyourworld.com/articles/362/1/Volunteer-in-Africa-for-Free

Free Volunteering Abroad
http://www.serveyourworld.com/articles/264/1/Free-Volunteering-Abroad

Ecoteer Volunteer Placements (Fee:£0 - £20)
http://www.ecoteer.com/index.php

IT Volunteer - Not free but has fixed fee information) - This one is right up your alley
http://www.openmindprojects.org/teach-it-in-thailand-and-cambodia-it-volunteers-computer-teachers-wanted.html

Free and Low Cost Opportunities to Volunteer Abroad
http://www.vaops.com/education-volunteers.aspx

Volunteer Abroad For Free
http://volunteerabroadforfree.com/

Free Volunteer Abroad Programs
http://volunteer2volunteer.wordpress.com/category/conservation-volunteer-abroad/

Ikando
http://www.ikando.org/free.html

Free Volunteer Program in Brazil - Free Volunteering
http://volunteerbrazil.com/Free%20Volunteering%20Program%20in%20Brazil.html

FREE Volunteer Programs in Buenos Aires
http://www.volunteerabroad.com/listingsp3.cfm/listing/51259

Volunteer Without Cost at Yoga Ecolodge in the Lush Tropical Costa Rican Rainforest
http://www.volunteerabroad.com/listingsp3.cfm/listing/62324

Hope these will be of help. In case you need further help as regards this matter just ask for a clarification.

Regards,
Easterangel

 

john888 

User

 12 Feb 2010 23:25 UTCFri 12 Feb 2010 - 11:25 pm UTC 

The volunteer opportunities here are great

http://www.akhathai.org
http://www.akhaasia.org

 

marcelpro60 

User

 27 Sep 2017 10:57 UTCWed 27 Sep 2017 - 10:57 am UTC 

Hey, may you can check out AIFS. It's an very famous und popular travel organization. I'm going to south africa with AIFS next year.

 

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