If you’ve always dreamed of volunteering in Africa, now is a great time to do it. People in Africa face an array of challenges — extreme poverty, lack of clean drinking water, HIV/AIDS, lack of access to healthcare — and there are plenty opportunities to help. Volunteering in Africa is a great opportunity to give back, [...]
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Daniel Quilter of Ecoteer. While we don’t necessarily advocate for paying for volunteering, (since there are ways to volunteer without paying, like through WWOOF) Daniel makes a good point that if you are going to pay you should pay the volunteer organization directly and not a middleman. [...]
Editors Note: I love reading “Day in the Life of” Posts; it’s fascinating to learn what exactly people do day-to-day with their volunteer projects.This is a guest post from Samantha Hollick from Chester University, England. She volunteers with the EDGE of AFRICA Predator Sanctuary Project. What is Animal Husbandry? Animal husbandry means providing care for [...]
After volunteering for five days on small farm– complete with ultra fresh meals and a bit of farming work in a picture perfect setting — I’ve learned a good bit about WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). In retrospect, there are a few things I wish I would have known before going. You Don’t Have to Work Long Hours Because some farms don’t need all the volunteers they have at one time, or if you are paying for part of your stay, you don’t necessarily have to work long 8+ hour farming days…. Your answer, be it “I spent all my money and need to live for free until my plane ticket home” or “I want to know how to garden” or “I want a different experience” should help you figure out what type of farm you want and how long you want to stay.
We took a public bus from nearby El Bolson to the tiny town of El Hoyo, then taxied out to Chacra Millalen, a small organic farm in Patagonia, Argentina where we’d spend the next 4 days volunteering.
…It’s also possible to bring a tent and camp on the land, but we don’t have a tent with us. Then Josephine showed us the three showers and encouraged us to use one of the two that was heated by wood-burning stoves (instead of gas).
Yesterday, in Volunteering Abroad: 10 Things to Know Before You Go we discussed everything you should think about before you sign up. Today we’ll cover why you should volunteer abroad and 21 resources for finding a good program. 5 Reasons to Volunteer Abroad Help Others. Whether you’re cleaning up a polluted river or volunteering in [...]
Volunteering abroad can be an incredibly rewarding experience. You get to spend a few weeks or months saving the rain forest or building houses for people who can’t afford them. Every program is not a good fit for everyone. But there are so many different places and types of work to choose from, you’ll definitely [...]