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08/27/2005 11:16:42 AM · #1
Has anybody ever done it? What is the best program to go through (besides the Peace Corps?)
Thanks!
08/27/2005 11:19:22 AM · #2
The US Army... Let's take the gloves off and really take it to the terrorist cult
08/27/2005 11:34:25 AM · #3
Originally posted by photodude:

The US Army... Let's take the gloves off and really take it to the terrorist cult


Yes, wait in line to eat cold eggs for breakfast and dog food rations out of foil packages at lunch for $275 a week. Thats right at about minimum wage if you compare it to a 40 hr a week job, only there is no 40 hr a week in the Army.

Besides I think he had something more benevolent in mind.
08/27/2005 11:36:49 AM · #4
Have done it, have worked with many people doing it, and have overseen volunteers in a number of countries. Would definately recommend it for someone your age, but there are certain issues you should be aware of. Your personal circumstances, your personality, your life/career goals etc will determine to a large degree what kind of program you should seek.

PM me if you are interested to discuss this further and I would be happy to provide advice.

PS Gives many great oppurtunities for photography too!
08/27/2005 11:36:51 AM · #5
It depends what exactly you woukd like to do - teach, build, work in a city or rural area and for how long - short term, a year??? What skills can you offer?

It's a great thing to do but think carefully about what you can cope with and what you want to achieve through this.

~Put "volunteer work" into google and look at what's on offer.

P
08/27/2005 11:37:39 AM · #6
Making America a safe place to live without virtual strip searches at airports and the daily threat of subway bombs, let alone dirty nukes is very benevolent. I'm also pretty sure the pay at the Peace Corps isnt too high either
08/27/2005 11:41:09 AM · #7
Originally posted by photodude:

The US Army... Let's take the gloves off and really take it to the terrorist cult


You want to talk about terrorist, then talk about US politics !!!
08/27/2005 11:42:02 AM · #8
If you want to discuss politics, take it to rant please. Let's keep this thread on topic.
08/27/2005 11:42:53 AM · #9
Well, I only volunteered through the Peace Corps but most other volunteer programs I heard of while abroad (that paid at least a minimum stipend) where from other countries and faith based ones...

If you do have any questions about Peace Corps, let me know... I spent three years in Africa and the South Pacific. Not a perfect organisation and often heavy handed but what an experience!

oh, and I lived on about 5$ a day while there and actually that was plenty :)

Armelle
08/27/2005 11:45:39 AM · #10
psst:
volunteer: v. intr.
To perform or offer to perform a service of one's own free will.
To do charitable or helpful work without pay

(this means, he has to want to do it, so trying to force him into something you want him to do is not going to get you anywhere, and that pay is not his main objective)

Message edited by author 2005-08-27 11:47:04.
08/27/2005 11:48:38 AM · #11
If you narrow down where you would like to go that sometimes makes a difference too. Some organizations focus on different areas around the world and there are also a lot with a religious leaning if you have any affiliation that way.

I have worked with YWAM and really like my time with them, but they are a Christian group, which may not appeal to you.

If you decide to go to africa lets say--there are tons of aid organizations. //icsc.un.org/joblinks.asp Also where you live can make a difference.
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There are also lots of short term things you can do to get your feet wet.
Good luck!! And good for you!
08/27/2005 12:09:50 PM · #12
I met Dr. Patch Adams at a conference a few months back. He goes around the world as clowns to help young children and to threat wounded.

I have been in contact with him recently and might follow one of this 'expeditions' in the next year to a poor country for photography.

Might want to write to him (he only accepts paper letters) and will answer you (he answers everyone - no exception). Just be patient. Its a wonderful opportunity and experience.

Of course, the whole trip is from your pockets tho. So be warn.
08/27/2005 12:18:18 PM · #13
Originally posted by RedOak:

I met Dr. Patch Adams at a conference a few months back. He goes around the world as clowns to help young children and to threat wounded.

I have been in contact with him recently and might follow one of this 'expeditions' in the next year to a poor country for photography.

Might want to write to him (he only accepts paper letters) and will answer you (he answers everyone - no exception). Just be patient. Its a wonderful opportunity and experience.

Of course, the whole trip is from your pockets tho. So be warn.


DR. Adams is my hero *beams*
I can't find his book anywhere though :(
08/27/2005 12:19:50 PM · #14
THey are pretty much sold out all the time. I wanted to buy his two books at the conference...sold out again. DOH.

Next time. ;)
08/27/2005 12:21:13 PM · #15
Depending on your qualifications, there's always Doctors Without Borders (Medicins Sans Frontiers). Habitat for Humnanity is also good and you don't have to sign up for six months or anything like that, they just ask for a week or two. There's a lot of good organizations out there for all sorts of causes, just keep looking.

June
08/27/2005 02:40:11 PM · #16
Originally posted by nsbca7:

Originally posted by photodude:

The US Army... Let's take the gloves off and really take it to the terrorist cult


Yes, wait in line to eat cold eggs for breakfast and dog food rations out of foil packages at lunch for $275 a week. Thats right at about minimum wage if you compare it to a 40 hr a week job, only there is no 40 hr a week in the Army.

Besides I think he had something more benevolent in mind.


Wow I ate at the Ft Sam Houston chow hall last week as a guest. I think your idea of cold eggs and dog food was along time ago. For $3.50 all you can eat and there were about six different types of buffet lines anywhere from hot dog & burgers, roast beef, chicken fried steak, cold cut sandwiches, salad bar, desserts, ice cream machine, soda, milk, juices, cookies, pies oh did I say Ice cream. Now I know this is here in the USA but it's much better, I remember eating cold MRI's heated on a truck engine in the sand dunes of Egypt a few years ago also. BUT you are right, probably more in to changing lives instead of building nations. Blessings on all soldiers of all nations and their leaders that the right thing will prevail.
08/27/2005 02:54:59 PM · #17
I have not volunteered abroad but did study abroad twice, once in Manchester, England and once in Jönköping, Sweden. Then traveled around both Eastern and Western Europe. //twoyoungtravelers.iwarp.com Also went to Bolivia - my university has a sister school there. What kind of volunteering do you want to do? If you want to teach English and get paid, yet live in the community and help people with their education, there are tons of ESL programs. I got accepted to the JET program (teaching English in Japan) but didn't end up going. I have a friend teaching in Prague right now.

It all depends on what you really are looking for. The volunteer experience or the travel experience?

Message edited by author 2005-08-27 14:55:48.
08/27/2005 05:13:15 PM · #18
Originally posted by chiqui74:

Depending on your qualifications, there's always Doctors Without Borders (Medicins Sans Frontiers).


For the mos part Medicins Sans Frontiers doesn't want anyone without an RN degree or a PHD in medicine.

I think the OP is a little young to have a PHD, but you never know, remember Doogie?
08/27/2005 05:24:02 PM · #19
Originally posted by photodude:

Making America a safe place to live without virtual strip searches at airports and the daily threat of subway bombs, let alone dirty nukes is very benevolent. I'm also pretty sure the pay at the Peace Corps isnt too high either


Hey Dude, are you ever going to enter some challenges? or are you just here for the forums?
08/27/2005 09:46:53 PM · #20
Originally posted by coolhar:


Hey Dude, are you ever going to enter some challenges? or are you just here for the forums?


I'm waiting to buy a Canon Digital Rebel XT, then I'll become a member. The 2 pics in my profile were just to see how the challenges worked. :-P
Tom
08/27/2005 09:58:56 PM · #21
I've actually done alot of volunteering with animals at animal hospitals and pounds! i love helping out!
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