Discussion in 'Asia' started by Sunburst, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. Sunburst

    Sunburst Fairy

    It's impossible to volunteer! I really want to volunteer for about 6 months in India and Africa once I graduate, but it's impossible to do so because the program fee and sustinence fees alone are -on average- $2000 to $6000 just for a month! That's not even including the $5000 it takes me to *fly* there. Frankly, I don't have an extra five grande laying around that I can use to *volunteer*! Arg! Do you think it would be hard just to go up to an orphanage in India and say "I'd like to volunteer"?
  2. Currently I am in India myself and it costs you lots and lots less to go and stay there.
    Retour ticket for me costed 700 Euro and I can sleep, eat, drink and have fun here for around 10 Euro a day.
    As for volunteer programs; do not use any of those highly-priced, highly-advertised ' commercial' volunteer programs but look a little beyond that.
    You can just go up to an orphanage and ask them to volunteer, I have not done that myself but I heard from people who did.
    You can also look on the internet for places to volunteer or just buy a Lonely Planet guide or other guides for adresses.
    At a lot of places you can eat and sleep whilst you are doing the voluntary work and you do not have to pay rediculus amounts of money.

    Good luck!

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