Volunteering Abroad

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    Aug 05, 2008 8:20 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    just thought I'd ask this here and see if i could get any good information!

    I just graduated and, after a few awful temp jobs, realized i don't want to fall right into my expected path.

    I've always wanted to volunteer abroad (for a few months at least) and i figure now is the perfect time. Just wondering if anyone on here has done it before, knows anyone who has or has any information to get me started. I don't think i want to do the peace corps as it basically locks you in for two years, but im open to almost anything.

    any info is welcomed!

  • ShawnTX

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    Aug 05, 2008 8:37 PM GMT
    A friend of mine went to Hondouras for a year to volunteer at an orphanage. It was a life-changing experience for him. he now wants to work with children so he's in school taking early childhood education. That one year experience together with his being in school, helped him land a job that requires a degree.

    Obviously for him it was well worth it.
  • joggerva

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    Aug 05, 2008 9:23 PM GMT
    I haven't done it, but I know those who have that would highly recommend it.

    As far as the two year thing with the Peace Corps, it really isn't that long of a time. From what I understand, there are basically two types of overseas volunteerism - long-term commitments, such as the Peace Corps, that pay the way and short-term commitments (anything from a couple weeks to a couple months) that are usually very costly and may not be financially feasible for a new grad.
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    Aug 05, 2008 9:37 PM GMT

    Teaching English in Japan ( a paid job that I want to do soo much after college)
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    Aug 05, 2008 11:55 PM GMT
    A few years ago, I spent some time in Cambodia. As macabre as it sounds, there is a land mine museum near the town of Siem Reap, the gateway to the Angkor Wat temples.

    To say it's a museum is a bit of a misnomer though. More than that, it's a living community for victims of land mines, many of them young people.

    They rely on volunteers to help teach the students there. They especially need people who are native English speakers. You can volunteer for as many or as few days as you like (subject to visa restrictions).

    Cambodia is a beautiful place with amazingly warm people despite its hard past. If you want to know more about this opportunity, click here.
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    Aug 06, 2008 2:39 AM GMT
    I have a friend who volunteered in Rwanda.

    I think you should check this site out: http://www.volunteerabroad.com/search.cfm

    Good luck!icon_smile.gif