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How to volunteer in Asia.

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kathmandukitten

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Posted: 2003-10-05 21:49:00   

I worked as a volunteer in Thailand and Nepal and got my accomodation supplied and meals too! It was a really worthwhile experience and i would recommend it for anyone looking to go that one step further whilst travelling. If anybody would like some free advice then let me know. You really do NOT have to pay some company money to find you somewhere!

I also know about a great opportunity for 18-25 year old europeans to volunteer in another european country AND you get pocket money!

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Posted: 2003-10-09 02:25:00   

How long did you have to commit to volunteer. It has always been on my mind as a great way to experience the places I visit. Southeast Asia would definitely be the place I would want to do it!


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Posted: 2003-10-09 15:08:00   

It all depends on what you want to do and where. If you want to teach then the kids will only get the benefit if you stay a while, if you want to do some very short placements though there is stuff about. How long were you thinking?

Some examples: I did some weekend volunteering in south Thailand for a company called trafs. It was an 'english camp' and they are held throughout thailand at various times of the year, i got a nice hotel and food paid for with my travel costs also.

There was a few days (board and lodge paid) in Phenom pehn, Cambodia helping a charity with their translation (you don't have to speak the language) that was advertised in my hotel. If you fancy Nepal then let me know coz the info. i have for that is too much to write here.

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Posted: 2003-10-10 01:08:00   

Thanks for the info! I was looking at probably 2 weeks of volunteering in either Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam or Laos.

Kim


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Posted: 2003-10-10 22:31:00   

try finding children's homes or schools. You can just walk in and ask if they need help. Telling the staff in your hotel/guesthouse you're a volunteer teacher usually brings lots of offers! Lots of people who live in the big cities tend to come from villages in search of work. I've had lots of offers from people to stay with their families and teach in their local schools.

I stayed at Bangkok school for the blind for 2 months. I doubt that they would offer you accomodation for such a short period but they definately like evening and weekend help as a lot of the students live on site. There is also a children's home next to it that would love help.

It's a lot easier to help out that you think. Many guide books tend to have sections about helping out with local projects too!

Good luck!

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Posted: 2003-10-10 23:59:00   

Hi,



I am travelling to India next year, end of November. I will be in Nepal from the beginning of Deember, and am looking for volunteer work. If you have information I would love to hear about it! All you get on the net is information through pay organisations. Thanks,



Amy,

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Posted: 2003-10-12 23:57:00   

If you're spending time in India try Mother Teresa's hospice in Calcutta, im sure it would be a buzz. I was gonna try it myself but couldn't drag myself away from Nepal.

As for Nepal, there are sooo many places to volunteer. Ask the locals in restaurents and hotels, if you have a friendly face then they'll offer you board and lodgings in their family home in exchange for you teaching. There are about 25 children's homes in kathmandu and they could all use help of some variety, get hold of the yellow pages out there and have a look. There are also refugee camps for tibeten's. Ask the Monks down Boudanath and they can point you in the right direction.

I know one children's home in Patan (next to kathmandu) that has no western funding and is very poor. Im building a store of aid for the kids there and hope to build them a website soon. i can put you in touch with a lovely girl who can help you, they cant offer accomodation but they need help more than any other children's home ive seen. Contact me personally if that interests you.

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Posted: 2003-10-29 12:25:00   

Miss kitten. great someone knows the good things. IN malysia for three months, anywhere here, then also china russia japan thailand vietnam. Teaching english yup, environmental conservation stuff yep. Month or two at least. John


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Posted: 2003-11-04 23:26:00   

Wow! are you already doing that or are you about to start a.gaesmpurr?

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a.gaesmpurr


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Posted: 2003-11-05 14:08:00   

Miss kitten.



na not doing as yet but hoping you could point me somewhere right.



John


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