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Subject: Volunteering Abroad
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: statestraveller-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 13 Jan 2004 09:59 PST
Expires: 12 Feb 2004 09:59 PST
Question ID: 295981
Hi Researchers,

I am 25.  I was born in the UK and came to live in the US when I was
19.  I recently had a petition approved to be classified as a Special
Immigrant, and have a pending application for residency in the US.

I would like to volunteer abroad for some considerable length of time
(at least 6 months, more like a year+) but can't find an agency that
will take me.  The US agencies I have found won't take non-US citizens
(Red Cross, etc.), and the UK-based agencies (Raleigh International)
won't take me because I live in the US.  I am not a doctor and do not
have any specialised skills.  My current job is as an admin assistant.
 I am pursuing a bachelors degree, so it may be assumed I will have a
degree in English Lit at the time I volunteer.  There must be some
agency out there who can use my time?

I'm looking for names and websites of such agencies who organise
volunteers for long-term projects, and who consider me an acceptable
candidate.  A list of around 5 would be great.
Subject: Re: Volunteering Abroad
Answered By: knowledge_seeker-ga on 14 Jan 2004 05:53 PST
Hi statestraveller-ga, 

I have the ideal source for you --- IDEALIST.ORG ; Action Without
Borders ? a single website with literally hundreds of choices of
volunteer programs and positions worldwide.

I did a brief search of their listings for volunteer programs and I?ll
set forth some examples below that present a cross section of the
types of programs available. Some are listed by volunteer placement
organizations. Others are listed by individual companies or NGOs
looking to fill a specific position.

I realize you may not be qualified for all (or any) of the ones I
chose, but I just want to give you a sense of the types of positions
and organizations listed. You can use the site?s advanced search
function to select positions that are more suitable to your
qualifications and interests.

Notice that many of these organizations are global or are based in the
destination country, so they are not particular about the country you
are coming from. This eliminates the problem of your residence and

Understand that MANY volunteer positions actually require the
volunteer to pay to cover his/her expenses. This is not unusual nor is
it a sign of a ?scam? organization. It merely assures that the cost of
training, housing and feeding the volunteer doesn?t override the
benefit gained by the organization.



Our programs provide both local and foreign volunteers with work
placements in Community Projects, Small Scale Industries, Public
Institutions and Non-governmental organisation (NGO?S) in South
Africa, Ghana, Benin, Togo, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Botswana,
Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda, Malawi, Kenya Mauritius and Swaziland.


Volunteers will work on both the habitat restoration and agricultural
components while at the reserve. In addition foundation staff will
lead volunteers on various destination hikes to a nearby lagoon,
native forests, beaches, and the local villages to explain the
ecological and human dynamic of the Galapagos islands. Opportunities
to work on group research and monitoring projects will be developed.


The majority of our volunteers come from the United States, Canada,
the United Kingdom, and Australia. We also have smaller numbers of
people from Ireland, Germany, New Zealand, Japan, and many other
countries from all over the world.



Some specific initiatives, among others, are the creation of trails
and/or botanical gardens in the communities, creation of materials and
activities for tourists in the communities, creation of promotional
materials and advertising, fundraising, planting of community gardens,
training with community members, environmental education, and

Red de Comunidades Kichwas de Amazonía at the Río Napo, Ecuador



Our volunteers collaborate with public and private resources to get
food to hungry children, impoverished elders, and the disabled, and
collect food donations from local restaurants and stores. They
facilitate transport to medical, social and counselling services. They
also participate in emergency response planning: when a hurricane
strikes or at other times of crisis, Cornerstone volunteers jump into
action to support government agencies in providing needed assistance.




What is human rights accompaniment? 
Accompaniment creates a non-violent response to human rights rights
violations suffered by Guatemalan communities and grassroots
organizations. To this end, NISGUA?s Guatemala Accompaniment Project
(G.A.P.) places volunteers to live side-by-side with communities and
at-risk organizations in an effort to deter violations.



THE ACCO THEATRE CENTER - Non-profit management assistant

The Acco Theater Center, an alternative Israeli theatre specialized in
experimental theatre and Arab-Jewish co-existence projects, is
offering a volunteer position as assistant in organizational
management and administration.

Suitable candidates for this position must have native-level fluency
in English, excellent writing skills, excellent communication and
representation skills, computer and word processing profiency, the
ability to work flexibly and independently, and a strong capacity for




Cross-Cultural Solutions is a not-for-profit international volunteer
organization that operates volunteer programs in Brazil, China, Costa
Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Peru, Russia, Tanzania, and Thailand.

We welcome volunteers from all over the world to join the
Cross-Cultural Solutions team


Mission Statement: REAP International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3)
organization whose purpose is to help stabilize villages in Russia
with strategies to become self-sufficient and independent of the State

*not clear if they take non-American volunteers



?The Himalayan Light Foundation (HLF) is a non-profit,
non-governmental organization (NGO) working in the Himalayan Kingdom
of Nepal. HLF's main objective is to improve the quality of life of
the remote population of the Himalayan region via the introduction and
use of environmentally friendly renewable energy technologies (RETs).

Volunteers can be most useful to HLF by helping to develop and
coordinate our programs. This work involves proposal and report
writing, and coordination with local NGOs and donor agencies. Although
many people express interest in working in the field, this is not
usually possible for volunteers. Most of the work HLF does requires us
to be in Kathmandu, only occasionally during the development and
implementation of a project are field visits required.?



?Greenforce is an international research agency. Our work is aimed at
conserving wildlife and endangered habitats around the globe.

Anyone over 18 yrs who is fit and able can become a volunteer. We
provide all training regardless of previous experience. What we do
require is a passion for the environment and a willingness to learn.

A standard Greenforce projects is 10 weeks long. This time period
allows us to train volunteers sufficiently and get some good results
from their work.?


?A US-based, non-profit organization, we place international technical
volunteers in developing nations. We contribute to local IT projects
while transferring the technical skills needed to keep projects moving
after our volunteers have returned home.

I'm not an American. Can I still apply? 
Absolutely. Our applications come from every continent- and we have
had volunteers from South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia
and Australia- and yes, even Antarctica!?


So, that should give you plenty of ideas to get started, and the
Idealist website should provide you with other, more targeted
positions and organizations.

I hope you find something that suits you. Volunteer work is certainly
not for everyone, but can be a wonderful and worthwhile experience.

Thanks for your question, 


search strategy: 

Knew about
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Subject: Re: Volunteering Abroad
From: leader-ga on 13 Jan 2004 10:17 PST
See if this helps:
Subject: Re: Volunteering Abroad
From: statestraveller-ga on 13 Jan 2004 11:58 PST
In theory, this is what I'm looking for: in practice, a search
specifying any type of volunteer work other than teaching invariably
kicks up a list of positions, half of which are teaching volunteer
placements.  I have no teaching credential and not really any desire
to teach.  Thanks anyway.

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