Volunteering In East Africa
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 20, 2013 3:25 PM Last Post By: Anoeshka5
Jan 1, 2012 12:42 PM
Volunteering In East AfricaHi,
I'm heading to Africa in a few weeks (Kenya, Tanzania & Malawi)
I've been trying to find out about volunteer programs / places but everywhere i've found online seems quite pricey.
Does anyone know of any good volunteer programs / places at low cost or even free :) ? Happy to consider somewhere that's in the middle of nowhere further away from the main cities as well.
Thanks in advance,
Jan 1, 2012 1:35 PM
1..... find a NGO in your home country and ask them how you can help, prepare to be humbled.
Posting here leaves you open to scams and deception, best to find a reliable well established aid organisation. One recognised by your government's overseas aid network. Red Cross, Goal, Save the Children, Amnesty etc., these organisations will vet you to see if you are a fit and useful person for such programmes. This work is not for part timers or tourists doing a few half-days while on a trip.
The scams are legion, you may be predisposed to falling for them, be aware.
Jan 1, 2012 1:37 PM
Jan 1, 2012 3:23 PM
I've just been to Africa and highly recommend volunteering where ever you go. Have a look at this Company
Volunteer Overseas/International with a Canadian company Project Volunteer Abroad
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Jan 1, 2012 7:00 PM
4Try IVHQ ,I'm not sure if they have anything in East Africa but they do in Ghana for sure. I volunteered last year and it was amazing!!! It is so frustrating to want to volunteer only to find out that it costs a fortune. Why is it when we have time we don't always have money and when we have money we don't have time????? Good luck!
Jan 1, 2012 8:43 PM
5You don't say anything about having specific skills which might be helpful or in demand. That's not a good sign. What do you expect to offer which will make it worth someone's while to escort you around and show you how things work? Feed you? House you? Take care of you when you get sick?
If you really want to help out, walk up to any primary school and offer to teach. You don't need an organization to do this: you need a certain amount of nerve and a willingness to roll with whatever you find. It's sure to be interesting, although probably you won't do much good beyond providing entertainment.
If what you're after is a "volunteer experience," you should expect to pay for the privilege unless you're bringing something of value. Teaching English for a few weeks or helping build something using indigenous materials (with which you're unfamiliar and unskilled) doesn't qualify.
Hope this is helpful. If not, I hope you'll feel free to ignore it entirely.
Jan 2, 2012 4:18 PM
6these guys sometimes have some pretty good placements. http://www.globalnomadic.com/environmentalcareerships.htm
Feb 20, 2013 3:25 PM
7Hopefully not too late to reply! I'm going to volunteer in Tanzania and Malawi with an organisation called Original Volunteers. They are really nice, helpful and do fantatstic work all over the world. They also don't charge you loads of money to volunteer. They are the cheapest that I've found.
(4 star Hotel)
From US$217.70 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$293.75 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$239.54 per night