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April 07, 2007

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Your travel blog is fantastic!

I'm new to the world of volunteering, but I've noticed that most organizations do charge some type of fee to enter their program.

It'd be a great idea to pull together a by-country list of free volunteer organizations around the world. ServeYourWorld seems like a good jumping-off point, but it's a bit disjointed and tough to find what you're looking for.

Love your blog, BTW, OMIG.

Rosanna - thanks, yours is pretty good too. You write so well - a very easy read.

Mike, Thank you too. I think it basically comes down to this: there are various government funded, usually long-term volunteering organisations such as peace corps in the US and VSO in Britain (although it's open to any nationality). They do things properly, they train you and they find good posts where you can make a difference.

I can't speak for Peace Corps but with VSO the whole point is sustainability - you have professional experience and you go there not just to do, but to teach. In order words: you leave behind skills and teach someone else to replace you when you leave.

If you can't find the time to devote to this (maybe two years) or if you don't have the experience (if you're a student) - then its worth looking at the paid-for voluntourism organisations where the placements are often much shorter.

But, if you're on a big trip and on a budget then you're as well setting up your own work. In which case it's good to have a list like this to go to.

"It'd be a great idea to pull together a by-country list of free volunteer organizations around the world."

Strangely enough, that is exactly what Serve Your World (me) is working on:

http://volunteerabroadfree.com/

The goal for the site is to create an authoritative, comprehensive, organic, and easy to access list of free volunteering opportunities from all over the world.

I am happy to moderate the link submissions, but I really need people to submit links to the directory.

The hardest part of finding free volunteer programs is that they tend not to advertise, so I need people who stumble upon on to submit it to the directory.

Please spread the word!

Just a little update,

Here is an example page:

http://volunteerabroadfree.com/Latin_America/Peru/

Great work Chris. I'll link that in the main column soon.

Good luck to you - it's a cause close to my heart.

I would like to volunteer with you guy plz give me a call or email me at arleen14@ymail.com

Hi,
I will be in Nicaragua from July 22 for a month. I'm fluent in Spanish and have eight years of experience teaching high school science. I'm interested in volunteering for the duration of my trip. Does anyone have any ideas for me?
Thanks!
Tripti

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