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Question: Volunteer for a few months - all expenses paid

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 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.




 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 


 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.





 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.

Thanks for your help.



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.

Does the article gave you the information you need?





 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.



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?





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

Sure other lists like the one above would be helpful.




 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"

"5 Free (or Almost Free) Vacations"

"Volunteer, and travel the world for free"

"100 Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work Opportunities"


Free and Low-Cost volunteer work in South America

Volunteer in Africa for Free

Free Volunteering Abroad

Ecoteer Volunteer Placements (Fee:£0 - £20)

IT Volunteer - Not free but has fixed fee information) - This one is right up your alley

Free and Low Cost Opportunities to Volunteer Abroad

Volunteer Abroad For Free

Free Volunteer Abroad Programs


Free Volunteer Program in Brazil - Free Volunteering

FREE Volunteer Programs in Buenos Aires

Volunteer Without Cost at Yoga Ecolodge in the Lush Tropical Costa Rican Rainforest

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





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

The volunteer opportunities here are great




 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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