Sharing Dreams Peru

Sharing dreams is a Peruvian not-for-profit civil organisation that has been legally registered since 2009. The organisation is involved in various volunteer programmes in the areas of the Central Andes of Peru. The programmes target improving the quality of life of Andean people and communities that suffer from hardship and social, economic and cultural exclusion. For the last four years, we have been working with communities, with the help of Foreign and Peruvian volunteers, developing … [Read more...]

Community Development Volunteering Program in Haiti

Volunteer in the Kenscoff Region of Haiti and work in community development to improve local infrastructure, sanitation, education and overall quality of life. The Kenscoff people lack basic infrastructure such as roads, community buildings, schools, hospitals, etc. and greatly need the help of volunteers to improve their lives. As you travel and explore this stunning country, you will have the chance to help develop the Kenscoff region so they can properly preserve their culture while living … [Read more...]

6 Tips for Fundraising for Your Volunteer Trip

Volunteering abroad is a fantastic way to travel and see the world while using your skills and time to help a community in need. And beyond providing positive benefits to the host community it can also be a source of personal transformation. However, it can often be very expensive to participate in this meaningful activity. If it’s a financial obstacle that’s holding you back, there’s good news to share: At Volunteer Forever we’ve created a simple and effective online fundraising solution to … [Read more...]

Help a child in Nairobi’s slums learn to read

Hi, This is Jay, from Volunteer4Free Kenya. We are seeking volunteers to help teach English to primary school pupils in Nairobi's Soweto slums, as well as visit, teach, and play games with children at Nairobi's main public hospital (Kenyatta National Hospital). Our program is supervised by coordinators with several years of experience in hosting international volunteers in Africa, and we offer both short and long-term volunteer placements (e.g. three weeks to six months). Volunteers with … [Read more...]

Saving money tips while abroad

Spending money wisely is one of the biggest things we all worry about. We are told not to spend more money than we earn. If you earn $ 2,000 a month you shouldn’t be spending $ 2,500 during that month. But it is easier said than done, we might pass by a shop and start buying things on impulse e.g. shoes (for ladies) and other clothing. Spending money is tricky especially if you want to make every dollar or pound or Euro to work for you. Using money is even harder if you are in another country … [Read more...]

What to do if you are arrested while volunteering abroad

“You can be arrested and not charged. You can be arrested and have no right to counsel.”- Harry Belafonte. When volunteering abroad, your biggest hope is that nothing goes wrong during your experience while in a foreign country, but as fate would have it things can often go wrong, and most likely when you least expect it. It will help you a lot if you are prepared for some likely unfortunate circumstances that you may find yourself in. Here are some guidelines in case you get arrested. A … [Read more...]

Volunteer work with communities in the Andes of Peru – Sharing Dreams

Posted By: Frank Cotera Based in the central Andes of Peru,"Sharing dreams-Peru". nonprofit organization, legally recognized by the Peruvian laws. Our mision is to create a community of volunteers with the objective of providing support to and enhancing the quality of life of the poorest people in Peru. They place special emphasis on childhood development and on free and direct work between the volunteers and the community,with a philosophy of work and participation open source. We … [Read more...]

The Real Panama

Posted by: Nitin Sharma I did my Peace Corps service in a tiny community 20 minutes outside of Los Pozos, Herrera. I arrived on October 13th, 2009 and have called it my second home ever since. I arrived to my host family’s house in the middle of a torrential downpour. Two young ladies came with an umbrella to bring me from the car to the house. The oldest one is stoic and poised, ever ready to help those around her, just like her mother. The younger one, a troublemaker after my own heart, has … [Read more...]

Come Volunteer with us in Nicaragua!

Waves of Hope is a small community development project working in the beautiful surf side town on El Manzano Uno in northern Nicaragua. Waves of Hope was developed by the founders and friends of El Coco Loco Resort (www.elcocolocoresort.com) and is our way of giving back to the community. We are currently looking for TWO interns to come and work with us mid-April to mid-June. Interns are asked to contribute about twenty-five hours a week to our various projects, which include: - Child and … [Read more...]

Volunteering in Rural Villages – Uganda (Fee)

Mzungu a charity working to provide quality volunteer travel opportunities in Uganda. We focus on displaced children, education, and community development in villages and rural areas around Uganda. We offer the volunteer the ability to provide these villages and people a much needed service at a very affordable price. Our Charity was established to link like-minded travelers looking to make a difference in African villages where the need is greatest in Uganda while at the same time … [Read more...]

Volunteer Abroad and Vaccination

“Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism.” - Samuel Butler. No one likes to fall ill when travelling, be it for volunteer work, but more so if you are taking a trip as a tourist. The risk for catching disease is increased when travelling to another continent. It is therefore advisable when you are travelling to any country for you to make sure you have all your immunization shots. Immunization schedules are usual personalized according to an individual immunization history, … [Read more...]

Marketing volunteer needed for CBO based in Thailand

We are a grassroots CBO based on the Thai-Burma border working to bring peace and democratic change to Burma. We are currently looking for a volunteer with a strong marketing/communications background to join our team for a minimum of 3 months, ideally 6. The position will be based in Mae Sot with some travel to the Bangkok office required. Job description Devise and implement with the management team, a communications plan for 2012 with the following objectives: - Raise awareness of … [Read more...]

Volunteer Abroad Packing Tips

“I'm very strict with my packing and have everything in its right place. I never change a rule. I hardly use anything in the hotel room. I wheel my own wardrobe in and that's it.” - Charlie Watts. How you pack when you leave home for volunteer work, will determine how you get off to work on your project. Many volunteers, especially first time travelers, have a problem in knowing what to carry with them abroad, and how best to do their packing. Add to that the hustles of the airport and being in … [Read more...]

Gestures To Be Aware Of While Volunteering Abroad

“Words represent your intellect. The sound, gesture and movement represent your feelings.” – Patricia Fripp. Many people consider the spoken word as the main mode of communication around the world. We forget that non verbal communication also forms a large part of what we are saying to the person we are communicating with. Different gestures mean different things across the world, what is acceptable in your home country like for instance handing someone an item using your left hand, may be … [Read more...]

Volunteering abroad: 12 questions to volunteer organizations

When considering a volunteer work abroad you should definitely carry our a good research about existing opportunities. When in contact with a volunteer organization we suggest you find out answers to these questions: Does the volunteer organization operate as a non-profit, or are they merely a tour operator? Does the organization respond in a timely and friendly way to your requests for information? Are they willing to let you speak with past volunteers to get an idea of what their … [Read more...]

Tips For Your First Volunteer Abroad Trip

There is a first time for everything, most people are nervous the first time they leave their home towns or cities for a different country. You have to leave your support system behind, which includes your family and friends. Instead you are headed to a destination that shares possibly a totally different culture than you are used to, and maybe just a few people that you are familiar with. In addition you are not a very well travelled person then you start to be more nervous as your date of … [Read more...]

Volunteering Abroad: Corporate Social Responsibility

More and more corporations are starting to engage in international volunteer programs, they are doing this as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts. Corporate responsibility helps to align organizations business operations with social values. Volunteering abroad as a part of your corporate social responsibility will help your organization address expectations of some of your other stake holders, including your investors and employees. It therefore does not only help you to relate … [Read more...]

Educational Support / Income Generation at a local level – Andean Alliance – Peru

Andean Alliance is a Peruvian registerd Civil Assocation  (Grassroots Organization ) that works in the Northern Andes, Huaraz area in a small rural area at 3650 mtrs. We work with Early Childhood Education , literacy and comprehension skill building in addition to the development of a local community center that will house not only the edcational rooms but areas for local guides,donkey drivers etc. to sell their services directly to tourists, a small cafe concept for women to sell to tourists in … [Read more...]

Volunteer teachers/community workers needed in Peru

Ayni focuses on Development and Education.  Ayni; which means “today for you, tomorrow for me,” is based on the idea of reciprocity, and having a sense of responsibility for each other.  Our small grassroots organization works together with the community of Alto de los More to alleviate or address some of the major barriers of living in extreme poverty.  Our role is multifaceted and continues to grow within the community.  In short, Ayni attempts to enrich the child’s experience by providing … [Read more...]

Volunteer Visa in Ghana

Going abroad to another country to do volunteer work is a humble undertaking for the individual. Your volunteer work in another country needs to be legal in order to avoid any complications that may lead to your stay during your volunteer experience getting cut short by the government.  There are incidents of volunteers being caught without the proper paper work; being deported and even prosecuted to face jail time. These incidents are becoming more and more prominent. You therefore need to … [Read more...]