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Volunteer opportunities abroad
Posted by IdahoTiger on 1/11 at 1:42 am
I'm graduating with a degree in Biology in the summer and I'm really interested in volunteering abroad after graduation. I started my application for the Peace Corps but I'm having doubts about that. Does anyone know any good volunteer opportunities abroad that are free or cheap?


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Posted by jacost7 on 1/11 at 2:55 am to IdahoTiger
Military: Plenty of opportunities in Afghanistan. They even pay you!


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Posted by genro on 1/11 at 3:09 am to IdahoTiger
You should really read up more on the Peace Corps, and what you will be doing once you make the commitment. I have a feeling it's not going to be what you expect.


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Posted by ellishughtiger on 1/11 at 4:23 am to IdahoTiger
I knew a guy that joined the Peace Corps after graduating and ended up in Russia for 18 months living in a poverty stricken village teaching children English. I think they paid him very little if nothing, like the previous poster said read into before you sign up.


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Posted by TexasTiger05 on 1/11 at 4:26 am to IdahoTiger
USAID may have something. I'd think twice about the Peace Corps, but you said you're having doubts so that's good.

Watch the 20/20 special on the Peace Corps before you commit

eta- if you're active in your church most of them do mission trips to somewhere


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Posted by TejasHorn on 1/11 at 5:00 am to ellishughtiger
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I knew a guy that joined the Peace Corps after graduating and ended up in Russia for 18 months living in a poverty stricken village teaching children English. I think they paid him very little if nothing, like the previous poster said read into before you sign up.


Isn't that the whole point of volunteering? It's not a vacation. You shouldn't expect to go to Fiji, teach English, and lay on the beach.

And there are PLENTY of volunteer opportunities stateside for those in need.


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Posted by nobodytooimportant on 1/11 at 5:13 am to IdahoTiger
idealist.org has lots of jobs and volunteer opportunities. A lot are domestic, but among the 15,000 plus they currently list plenty are overseas. putting in housing provided and stipend provided I still get 612 results.

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Posted by IdahoTiger on 1/11 at 8:15 pm to nobodytooimportant
Thanks for the replies everyone. I looked into idealist.org and that is an awesome website to find volunteer opportunities. As I implied in my original post, I've pretty much ruled out the Peace Corps for many of the reasons above. Also, I'm not looking to get paid, I'd actually rather not be paid. I just don't want to have to pay to volunteer abroad. The main reason I've been looking into this is because I want to eventually work for a non profit organization and get my MBA. I'd just rather not jump right into grad school, plus this will look good on a resume. Again, thanks for everyones input, it was helpful.


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Posted by Doc Fenton on 1/11 at 8:16 pm to IdahoTiger
The Congo-Rwanda border is where it's at. Just show up unannounced and people will direct you to some useful work.


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Posted by Bmath on 1/11 at 8:33 pm to IdahoTiger
Majored in biology and want to volunteer abroad?




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Posted by PurpleandGold Motown on 1/11 at 8:46 pm to Bmath
Pick a place you want to go and look for organizations that are already there. I'm not a real big fan of volunteer tourism, but in Central America, ISLA does great work. Hot girls. I smashed many. Mmmm Italians...

Quetzaltrekkers is more a hippy group that likes to get drunk. The do a lot of trivia nights and guided hikes for tourists 3 or 4 days a week. The money they make from that stuff they use to benefit the local communities.

You can always find these little groups around the world. Be careful scams and research any group before you commit any time or money. Never give someone your passport to "hold".



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Posted by Herschal on 1/11 at 9:14 pm to TejasHorn
Tejashorn gets it.

Volunteer in the states. Plenty of help needed here. Think locally, not globally.



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Posted by PurpleandGold Motown on 1/11 at 9:29 pm to Herschal
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Volunteer in the states. Plenty of help needed here. Think locally, not globally.


He wasn't asking about volunteering in the States. He wanted to go abroad and volunteer.

Why not go out on an adventure, meet people from around the world, learn a new language, and help people at the same time?

An when did volunteering become about privation and pain? Do you go live on the streets when you work for the Salvation Army? Is that a new requirement?

Seems much more rewarding than heading on down to the soup kitchen with your ladle.


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Posted by ATL TGR on 1/11 at 9:49 pm to PurpleandGold Motown
I saw an ad for an au pair recently...


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Posted by IdahoTiger on 1/11 at 11:28 pm to PurpleandGold Motown
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He wasn't asking about volunteering in the States. He wanted to go abroad and volunteer.

Why not go out on an adventure, meet people from around the world, learn a new language, and help people at the same time?

An when did volunteering become about privation and pain? Do you go live on the streets when you work for the Salvation Army? Is that a new requirement?

Seems much more rewarding than heading on down to the soup kitchen with your ladle.


I'm glad you get it...

I've already done volunteer work in America, grew up here, went to college in America, never did study abroad so this is just something I want to do. I'm doing this for myself and the people I'll help.



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Posted by AutoYes_Clown on 1/11 at 11:35 pm to IdahoTiger
My sister is volunteering in South Africa to work with monkeys at a reserve. Her flight leaves in May. I'll try to get info from her.


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Posted by IdahoTiger on 1/11 at 11:36 pm to AutoYes_Clown
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My sister is volunteering in South Africa to work with monkeys at a reserve. Her flight leaves in May. I'll try to get info from her.


That sounds awesome, does she have a college degree?



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Posted by AutoYes_Clown on 1/11 at 11:42 pm to IdahoTiger
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That sounds awesome, does she have a college degree?


Actually no she doesn't, but she has 7+ years experience working at a zoo (but doesnt currently work at a zoo). I was surprised but I found out because she posted on FB about having to get shots (vaccinations). She didn't want to tell me because she knew I'd get jealous lol




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Posted by IdahoTiger on 1/11 at 11:49 pm to AutoYes_Clown
That does sound really cool, I'm looking to deal more with people than animals but that sounds like an awesome experience!


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Posted by AutoYes_Clown on 1/11 at 11:52 pm to IdahoTiger
I've been trying to get on with CyArk.org for a couple of years. No offers. :-(


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