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Old 24th April 2014, 12:29 PM   #16
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I was interested what projects are happening in Europe - first thing Google threw up:
Bulgaria

^ Bulgaria: play with disadvantaged kids, time to travel, safe - always in a group ...is that not what your looking for?
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Old 24th April 2014, 12:36 PM   #17
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Given your age, I think your focus should be on getting your degree as soon as possible, not taking a year off schooling to volunteer overseas. If you want to volunteer overseas, do it over your summer or winter break -- there is no need to do it for an entire year at the expense of putting off your graduation even more. I would think that volunteering locally during the school year coupled with a summer or winter break overseas volunteer experience would be sufficient.
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Old 24th April 2014, 12:45 PM   #18
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I admire your gumption! You're thinking of doing something very brave, and I hope you're able to do it. Even if it doesn't work out right away, I recommend it highly for sometime in your career .


I've done something similar (in a "dangerous" country). In most places around the world with a reputation for being unsafe, the danger is generally avoidable if you practice safe, common-sense ways of traveling and living abroad (don't go out late, don't wear flashy attire, etc). Personally, I think there are MANY places to live/work in Africa and South America (as well as Central America and Mexico) that are just fine for safe living.


Regarding your question, I think there are quite a few employers that DON'T understand volunteer work abroad quite as well. While I think it's inherently a positive, others are definitely going to want to see the specific skills you've acquired during your volunteer time abroad. So make sure you clearly spell out all of the things you learn: project management, fundraising, collaboration etc.
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Well I talked to another reputable organisation that seem to really strive to take care of their volunteers..


Morocco is a top bet, since my parents approve and my dad lived there for a few months and found the people extremely friendly. Plus we have friends who have lived there and claim it to be safe, relatively. Providing you are not stupid enough to ignore the fact it is a large Islamic populous area and to cover up....

Ghana in West Africa, I was told is very peaceful and the gateway to Africa and the organisation has a home base there that is very safe.

I am thinking MOROCCO. I will do a weeks worth of volunteer work, as it is extremely expensive to use these people, they charge nearly 3K just for ONE WEEK of volunteer work.

Where as this other company does to Zanzibar for 3K for TWO weeks.

I am thinking Morocco since I can volunteer one week and then for the next week, travel up to Spain before I fly home.

I am still in the process of researching.

I am more attracted to the Australian Company, only they don't do Morocco
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I admire your gumption! You're thinking of doing something very brave, and I hope you're able to do it. Even if it doesn't work out right away, I recommend it highly for sometime in your career .


I've done something similar (in a "dangerous" country). In most places around the world with a reputation for being unsafe, the danger is generally avoidable if you practice safe, common-sense ways of traveling and living abroad (don't go out late, don't wear flashy attire, etc). Personally, I think there are MANY places to live/work in Africa and South America (as well as Central America and Mexico) that are just fine for safe living.


Regarding your question, I think there are quite a few employers that DON'T understand volunteer work abroad quite as well. While I think it's inherently a positive, others are definitely going to want to see the specific skills you've acquired during your volunteer time abroad. So make sure you clearly spell out all of the things you learn: project management, fundraising, collaboration etc.


I will be a 31 year old college grad, I THINK I need to take ANY experience I can get haha!

But yes I am specifically aiming for programs that relate directly to the skill set I will also adopt for my ACTUAL degree.

And umm, my ex is HUGE and he got kidnapped in Guatemala with a SPANISH speaking girlfriend who was travel savvy...

They got tricked into getting into a taxi. They RAN when the taxi stopped. They would have been stabbed to death otherwise.

And a friend that volunteered in Honduras got kicked and robbed. And she was an EXPERIENCD traveller.

SCARY. Yikes.
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Old 24th April 2014, 1:34 PM   #21
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Given your age, I think your focus should be on getting your degree as soon as possible, not taking a year off schooling to volunteer overseas. If you want to volunteer overseas, do it over your summer or winter break -- there is no need to do it for an entire year at the expense of putting off your graduation even more. I would think that volunteering locally during the school year coupled with a summer or winter break overseas volunteer experience would be sufficient.


Oh absolutely.

I am only opting to volunteer for 1 - 2 weeks.

If one week, I will relax for the second week. Depends on the cost of the programs, it is quiet expensive to volunteer so one week may be it plus a second week of relaxing.

So ya, 2 weeks tops I am going for. As an end of year thing I can do to look good on my resume and feel good about myself, while I hopefully make a few people smile along the way.

Plus If I am going to be a social worker I feel like meeting and working with children in Africa is a pretty key experience to have that'll open my up career wise.

My heart is set on an HR masters the year after my degree so I can further myself and I feel like repeated overseas perspectives via volunteering with kids in African countries, will serve me very well, given I eventually want to aim to work in HR for a non for profit.
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"Well I could have taken the cash and had a work free holiday, but instead I am suffering malnutrition from living on noodles and baked beans on toast ( I am a healthy weight but I often feel ill due to not getting meat or vitamins) Due to saving for this volunteer mission."



There is nothing noble about making yourself sick. In healthcare, we strive to keep ourselves healthy, or we're not much use to those we're trying to serve. Get into an underdeveloped country and see how your weakened immune system reacts.


I agree with clia, think about doing in this on your off time, and get your degree under your belt. Use the money to eat some red and and veggies.
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Just to add that yes, employers are interested in specific skills that are relevant to the position. They almost don't care how you gained them.
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Oh absolutely.

I am only opting to volunteer for 1 - 2 weeks.

If one week, I will relax for the second week. Depends on the cost of the programs, it is quiet expensive to volunteer so one week may be it plus a second week of relaxing.

So ya, 2 weeks tops I am going for. As an end of year thing I can do to look good on my resume and feel good about myself, while I hopefully make a few people smile along the way.
I'm sorry, I must've misread your post -- I thought you said you were planning to go away for a year. My bad.

$3,000 seems like a lot of money to spend for a week or two of volunteering.
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"Well I could have taken the cash and had a work free holiday, but instead I am suffering malnutrition from living on noodles and baked beans on toast ( I am a healthy weight but I often feel ill due to not getting meat or vitamins) Due to saving for this volunteer mission."



There is nothing noble about making yourself sick. In healthcare, we strive to keep ourselves healthy, or we're not much use to those we're trying to serve. Get into an underdeveloped country and see how your weakened immune system reacts.


I agree with clia, think about doing in this on your off time, and get your degree under your belt. Use the money to eat some red and and veggies.



I don't think my 2 weeks out of my uni breaks will hinder my studies.
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Old 24th April 2014, 3:10 PM   #26
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I'm sorry, I must've misread your post -- I thought you said you were planning to go away for a year. My bad.

$3,000 seems like a lot of money to spend for a week or two of volunteering.


Yeah I am a little concerned that these so called "good deed" organizations are ripping us off.

suposedly they provide employment for the local community in the former of guides and 24 hour around the clock staff on hand. And local cooks.

One company asks for 5000 for two weeks NOT including air faired. While is ridiculous.

So i checked out another group and they charged about 2800 AUD for one week.

I am beginning get annoyed. It shouldn't cost that much for basic accommodation and 3 meals per day.

However, they make a point of telling u exactly where your money is going.
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I have been to Russia which is considered dangerous and I felt safe. It's like I ventured out at night. During the day I felt totally safe though.


So far. .. Ghana, Seychelles, Botswana and one or two other African countries that are countries you can pick to volunteer in, sound safe enough.

I wouldn't go to Kenya or a South Africa..... Also heavy volunteer hot spots.


As far as South America goes.... .Argentina is safe as is Paraguay and it's similar sounding neighbour's which I can't spell lolz. And chill is safe.


By a years time I will have the money. I don't just eat noodles. I just eat a lot of them but still eat a lot off frozen veg in various simple and tasty ways.




I am thinking about Ghana. Seems peaceful and safe and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs says it is low risk and to exercise a normal degree of caution. And has the biggest and most popular volunteer base.


Ghana is also the cheapest.

I don't have to make payments yet I have a year to research it and you can bet I am going to male the most out of my time and mmoney and at least ensure that I keep informed and travel to the most peaceful option.



Lolz though... mum is ignorant with travel safety... she thought I should visit Israel because she is Jewish and she went there herself.

I was like MUM. Israel is considered "high risk" right now according to our government foreign affairs department. ...




To further complicate things. ..... Some areas in a.gjven country are safe yet a few regions are not so safe. With in the same countries.



All in all, I will take two weeks off from my uni break and probably go to Ghana or Seychelles. Or Zanzibar in Tanzania sounds safe.
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I was interested what projects are happening in Europe - first thing Google threw up:
Bulgaria

^ Bulgaria: play with disadvantaged kids, time to travel, safe - always in a group ...is that not what your looking for?


Ahhh. My mum back packed through there when it WAS suspect lolz.

Now days a guy on my tour that has been like... EVERY WHERE... says Bulgaria was his fave place.

I need to also stick to a programe to be relevant to my career path so I get credit for it.
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What?! $3,000??? I don't even know what to say! Is that money being donated or something?!
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What?! $3,000??? I don't even know what to say! Is that money being donated or something?!

Supposedly. To the locals who accommodate you.

And also to fund the program to begin with.

I sincerely hope these huge organisations have the best interest of the disadvantaged people at heart and are not in it to rip people off.
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