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Looking for a 3-months volunteering job without fees

Posted by N3sh on 10/1/2013 at 05:26


I have just registered and I am here to ask help for searching for a volunteering job in Asia.
I have researched a bit and I have noticed that almost all the projects I have encountered so far require me to pay a fee for participating.

I am currently a student and that kind of money + travel expenses (flights for example) is far from my reach. Therefore I hope to find some opportunities where I get at least the accommodation and food while I work there.

If you know something similar in Africa or elsewhere, feel free to post it anyway.



#1 N3sh has been a member since 10/1/2013. Posts: 1

Posted by LolaNguyen on 16/1/2013 at 03:07 TF writer

It might help if you narrow down your search and pick a country with a few places you'd consider basing yourself, here in Hoi An there are a few not for profit projects that are always on the lookout for volunteers that provide accommodation and basic rations, one of them Project Indochina only want people that have the qualifications to help - nursing is a good tool, but there is also the lifestart foundation who are always on the lookout for anyone with absolutely anything to offer. They both have websites, so take a look.

Maybe someone else can help out with other destinations?

#2 LolaNguyen has been a member since 28/8/2012. Posts: 94

Posted by tatspaghetti on 17/1/2013 at 23:41

Are you qualified in anything useful for the volunteer organisations you want to work for? What kind of work are you looking for? It sounds like you are just looking for a free holiday!

When volunteering abroad you are taking the work away from local people. If you do not have any usable qualifications then it is justified that you will need to pay fees to join a program.

I know this because I run a volunteer project myself. We do not get any funding and rely solely on contributions (time, monetary and skills) from volunteers to keep the project going. We are improving the animal welfare standards of animals at a Safari Park in a run down area with very few tourists.

Grass root volunteer placements need dedicated and passionate volunteers. We've had many kinds of people come and work with us, and those who were looking for a cheap holiday were the ones who delayed what we really need to achieve as we had to train them up, just for them to treat it like a holiday and clock off at 4pm, spend all day doing laundry, getting fuel and relaxing in the sun instead of the vital work we are trying to achieve.

Please reconsider your goal of 'volunteering for free, anyhow, anywhere' as you will probably end up doing more harm then good. Of course, if you have a trade then it would help if you posted that to allow potential volunteer co-ordinators browsing this board to contact you if they think you are suitable.

#3 tatspaghetti has been a member since 28/9/2012. Posts: 12

Posted by MADMAC on 18/1/2013 at 00:17

You are a student of what and in what country? Maybe I can help you out...

#4 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957

Posted by mark_ahoy on 17/4/2013 at 10:43

Hey Tatspag..

My girlfriend and I are heading east to sample different culture and to open our eyes and we're hoping to do some volunteering.
You speak about skills and the program you are doing sounds like something we'd like to do. I have no real experience with animals but I have worked as both a mechanic and electrician (of sorts), a carpenter and currently an English teacher in Spain.
My girlfriend, who is a drama teacher, has experience in animal management, spending a year on a farm in England that is also a tourist spot for rare breeds.
Could these skills be the kind of thing you could use?

#5 mark_ahoy has been a member since 12/10/2011. Posts: 2

Posted by tatspaghetti on 17/4/2013 at 19:33

Hi Mark! Maybe you could e-mail me at safariparkopenzooATgmailDOTcom and I can send you more information?
Unfortunately we do not yet have the support of this website so we cannot directly link to our volunteer website.
I look forward to hearing from you :)

#6 tatspaghetti has been a member since 28/9/2012. Posts: 12

Posted by DylanCarvey on 29/5/2013 at 08:48

Hey Tatspag!

Check out http://globalhelpswap.com/ they have quite a few free and low cost volunteering opportunities in SE Asia. Its free to join as they just ask for donations.

My friends have used them and were really impressed even though it's a new site.

Good luck!


#7 DylanCarvey has been a member since 29/5/2013. Posts: 4

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