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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-13-2007, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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Volunteering Overseas?

I'd like to go overseas next summer and do something productive with my time. My father went to Nepal when he was my age and still talks about it all the time and I have some friends that have also done similar things. Also, as a photographer I think it would give me some great opportunities to do something new with my work.

So far I've only found one decent organization that does this and that is the Global Volunteer Network do any of you have experience with other organizations or groups?

Any experiences or insight is appreciated as I've never done something like this before.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-13-2007, 05:03 PM
 
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My mom went to Japan and did the same thing, I will ask her about it and get back to you.
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You, my friend, are a good good person. Is there a particular area that you feel led to go, somewhere that you have always wanted to go, or are you thinking "I don't care where I go, just gots to go"? I have plenty of friends and family that do missions trips, but they are all through their church.

How confident are you with Global Volunteer Network? I glanced at the page but know nothing about them. If you are interested I might be able to hook you up with an orphanage in Cambodia, a school in Germany, or a village in Sri Lanka. One thing, look into health insurance, there are companies that will insure you for your trip.
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My mom went to Japan and did the same thing, I will ask her about it and get back to you.
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You, my friend, are a good good person. Is there a particular area that you feel led to go, somewhere that you have always wanted to go, or are you thinking "I don't care where I go, just gots to go"? I have plenty of friends and family that do missions trips, but they are all through their church.

How confident are you with Global Volunteer Network? I glanced at the page but know nothing about them. If you are interested I might be able to hook you up with an orphanage in Cambodia, a school in Germany, or a village in Sri Lanka. One thing, look into health insurance, there are companies that will insure you for your trip.
Well, ultimately I want to go everywhere so at this point it doesn't matter much to me. If all goes well I'll probably do something like this again so the location isn't too important. I was told about the Global Volunteer Network by a friend who's friend went to Nepal for a year through them and enjoyed himself. I'm athiest and therefore not affiliated with any churches so that isn't much of an option for me.

What I'm mostly unsure of is the kind of work. I'm not that great at working with people sometimes but I can usually make it work, and at the same time I don't want to do something that doesn't involve people because I think that's where my time will have the best impact.

What's the Sri Lanka thing like? That would be an interesting place to be. I'll definitely need to look into health insurance, thank you for reminding me. I'll be getting insurance on any photo equipment I take with me as well.

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I'm just going to say that the army is not for me and leave it at that. I'm not going the Peace Corps route either for the record.

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If you are not that interested in people there is always the environmental front. Something else you may think about is volunteering your skills with your camera for different publications. I had a friend that traveled the world as a photographer with a Baptist paper (she was not of that denomination but did good work). Let me shoot a line to my brother a see what he has as far as info on insurance and what he has going on in Sri Lanka. How long do you want to be gone? How much are you willing to spend, can (will you) be raising support? Do you want to stay away from religious organizations or do you care? Do you want to stay in fairly safe places or would you be ok with someplace like Guatemala?
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If you are not that interested in people there is always the environmental front. Something else you may think about is volunteering your skills with your camera for different publications. I had a friend that traveled the world as a photographer with a Baptist paper (she was not of that denomination but did good work). Let me shoot a line to my brother a see what he has as far as info on insurance and what he has going on in Sri Lanka. How long do you want to be gone? How much are you willing to spend, can (will you) be raising support? Do you want to stay away from religious organizations or do you care? Do you want to stay in fairly safe places or would you be ok with someplace like Guatemala?
I thought about something environmental, the Global Volunteer Network has a program in Costa Rica working with turtles and a few other things so I haven't ruled that out but at the same time I like to learn about culture and such so working with people is a good way to do that.

At the moment I'm thinking about being gone for a month, maybe a little more. I have to do it between semesters at school and still have some of the summer left to work and make some money so I think a month is good for now. If I really like it I may take a semester off or something more long term down the road.

I'd rather not spend more than 1k total, I don't know how much I can raise myself but I think I can get the money together from different sources and fund raisers. I'd also like to stay away from religious organizations as an act of self preservation, I don't want to cause conflict because of my difference in opinions. And I have no problem going somewhere that's not as safe, as long as I'm not by myself I feel like I can stay relatively safe. I'm not afraid of danger
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If you want to get info on a country. goto the US State Dept website and they can give you info on what to watch for and tell you about the political climate of the counrty. I.E freindly to outsiders/ americans also try a travel advisory board. I can t remeber the site but if I remember it I will post it for you.
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If you want to get info on a country. goto the US State Dept website and they can give you info on what to watch for and tell you about the political climate of the counrty. I.E freindly to outsiders/ americans also try a travel advisory board. I can t remeber the site but if I remember it I will post it for you.
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