Posted by sunflowerorphancentre on 23/1/2009 at 17:17
My name is Amanda. I am an American living in Phnom Penh, at an orphanage about 15k outside of the city. Myself and 3 other westerners (another American and 2 Australians) have raised money to completely support and run our center. Living here and seeing many orphanages that require you to pay to volunteer makes my stomach turn. These "fees" are meant to make you have peace of mind but are usually not used to support the children but to support high salaries and buy items that by most ...
A growing number of people are curious about volunteering in Southeast Asia. Curious about what is involved, what it costs and who are reputable organisations to volunteer with. So, here's a new section of the forum to discuss these matters.
A couple of pointers:
a) If you're undecided on the pay vs no pay debate, you should read this discussion.
b) This is a forum for travellers to discuss the options -- not for volunteer organisations to spin their spiel. Solicitations and advertorial posts ...
My husband and I are traveling South East Asia for about 2 years.
We are volunteering in the North East of Thailand until the end of February.
Our next destination is Vietnam and we are looking for volunteering opportunities there, we are currently teaching English in a school but we are very flexible and we are more than happy to do other kind of jobs.
Please get in touch if you know any volunteer opportunities in Vietnam, preferably free of charge.
We are a couple from Italy currently travelling across Thailand, doing homestay in exchange for help in the household and around..
We have been very lucky so far! We have been on koh samui for a few weeks and have visited other islands, but would like to see more of Thailand now.
Our idea is to give back to the local community in any possible way, by exchanging our service/help/skills for accommodation/food, while meeting new people and also doing cultural exchange.
A little about ou ...
I'm 23, I'm an ESL teacher, and I thought I'd like to spend a month or two volunteering in Thailand or Cambodia.
Ideally, the school/volunteering organization would look like this:
1. Has other English speakers there (so I don't get lonely )
2. Safe- I'm a solo female traveller
3. I wouldn't have to pay to volunteer- I'm on a low budget
4. Actually helps the people it's supposed to help! The more I read up on volunteer organizations in southeast Asia, the more it seems like they don't ...
Are you or anyone you know flying to Thailand on holiday? If so, why not help a rescued street dog get to their new home! Its a great way for animal lovers to volunteer and it only takes a few hours of your time.
Soi Dog Foundation especially need people flying to the USA and Canada, as well as Europe. For the UK dogs cannot fly directly from Thailand and instead must fly with passengers to Holland and then by ferry to the UK. Details are at http://www.soidog.org/en/adoptions/uk-flight-volunte ...
I would love to help with disaster response on Bohol. Checked out project all hands, but they're currently not predicting and help needed past September, when I'd like to go. I would love to volunteer for 1-2 months. Anyone have any recommendations? ...
We have just started a website Careerbreak360 and a Meetup in London about Career Breaks. There were a few people there who were very interested in doing volunteering work, and were asking you go about finding a good volunteering organization.
With so many 'voluntourism' companies around, does anyone have any good recommendations? ...
There will an upcoming mission to help the Penans, aboriginal people in the Sarawak jungles. These peoples lives are being affected by logging of the rain forest.
This will be the first of bi-annual missions to bring aidto them. According to missionaries working in the area the Penans are malnourished, have some sickness and skin diseases that needs medical help.There are also issues about hygiene practices.
The mission is planned for early July 2014. The entire cost will be under 750SGD per per ...
Are you traveling in South East Asia ? Do you want a job for 3 to 6 months then keep traveling ? Are you a passionate, enthusiastic, and highly knowledgeable motorbike adventure travel professional? Do you have a passion for organizing adventure tours in Southeast Asia ? Do you have an ability of blog or website content writing? Are you results driven? Do you want to work in the project after 3 or 6 months later ? If so, read on!
Pillionrides.com (under the management of TNK Travel) is looking f ...
If you're looking for something to do in Phuket instead of just lying on the beach all day, Soi Dog Foundation welcomes visitors. Their animal shelter has hundreds of dogs and cats (and puppies!), and you can take a tour of the shelter and play with the animals.
Besides visiting, you can volunteer there for days, weeks, or months. You don't need any experience. Soi Dog has volunteers from all around the world who walk dogs and spend time with the animals, especially the shy ones who need atte ...
I have just arrived in Phnom Penh and am hoping to find an opportunity to volunteer with a local organisation for around a month.
My skills/qualifications are in the areas of Leadership, Management and Team Development and Coaching. I could also Teach English as a second language.
I am exploring many avenues at the moment, and speaking to many people. Any information/contacts or suggestions people here on travelfish could provide would be greatly appreciated.
This subject is, I'm sure, not a new one. But I'm hoping for some good answers and tips anyway.
Me and my boyfriend are going to Asia soon. We're going to travel for 6 months or so and really want to do some volunteering.
We love children and animals and have good experience working with them. We can do longer stays, if we find the right place. We're both a little over 20 and stabile, warm people.
It's out first time in Cambodia.
And suggestions on where to go and what to do?
Hi! My friend and I are planning on traveling to SEA next summer from around mid May to whenever my bank account hits zero. We realize we're not going at a 'prime' time in the season, but are willing to make it work out since this is the only available time we have to travel.
We're both involved with wildlife conservation and were looking to check out some animal rehabilitation centers around the area. Our list of locations so far are: Bali, Singapore, Malaysia, Thai Islands, Thailand, India, M ...
I have just registered and I am here to ask help for searching for a volunteering job in Asia.
I have researched a bit and I have noticed that almost all the projects I have encountered so far require me to pay a fee for participating.
I am currently a student and that kind of money + travel expenses (flights for example) is far from my reach. Therefore I hope to find some opportunities where I get at least the accommodation and food while I work there.
If you know something similar in ...
I have been thinking about doing some volunteering in asia for a few months in early 2011. Ultimately I would like to use my skills as a policy writer for the Australian Government (in health) in an NGO preferably in Laos or Vietnam (but am also considering Cambodia and Thailand). If I can't use these skills I would also be happy to volunteer my time teaching English or working in an orphanage or farm/conservation type project. Essentially I just want to challenge myself ...
My partner and I are heading to Northern Thailand (most likely Chiang Mai) for several months, and looking for some ideas on volunteer opportunities. I was curious what other design professionals have found in SE Asia, as most of the opportunities seem to be around teaching English, caring for children, or wildlife conservation (all very interesting mind you!). With a technical architecture background (design, detailing, construction methods & administration, project management), I am looki ...
I'm currently backpacking through Thailand and plan to go to Cambodia for approximately a month the end of may. I'm hoping to Volunteer to teach English during some of my time in both Thailand and Cambodia, maybe 2 weeks in each, and was wondering of anyone who has done this could recommend any particular schools or has any advice at all?
I'm a newbie and solo traveller and any advice would be greatly appreciated x ...
I run the volunteer orientations at Care for Dogs outside Chiang Mai. We welcome animal loving volunteers at the shelter and I train new folks on Wed from 10 a.m. until about 2. After that if you are animal savvy you can set your own schedule.
There is no charge for our program. We just need more hands to socialize, walk, bathe, clean… Most important is giving the dogs enough attention and experience with different people that when they get adopted they do well around their new famili ...