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tgeale
post Feb 18 2010, 02:28 AM
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Hello,

I'm a 23 year old male from Australia.

I will be traveling around Africa this year and am interested in volunteer work, although through travel agents I just feel like they are trying to sell me their programs for their own commision and on many websites there are high fees and my trip is on a low budget.

I would love to volunteer in a local community in anyway that I can. One of my friends did this although she just went into places when there asking if they needed a hand. Helping out in schools and orphanages.

Is this a good idea? I'm very torn.

Anything you can help me with would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks.
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post Feb 18 2010, 08:23 AM
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hi my name is justin mtui,im from tanzania!what you saying is really true that this travel agents aims is focused on money making&its all a business thing!not only you i have heard from so many of my friends&people i meet about the issue that they want to volunteer somewhere in africa&this travel agents makes it hard for them&in the end they give up because they cant afford!thats quite sad&painful.
i&some two friends of mine decided to start an ngo which will focus on helping such people!so we have this hostel in arusha where you only pay for accommodation which is reasonable amount&we have different volunteer replacements from teaching,construction,helping at ophanage&plently more!so you decide where you want to volunteer.so you are welcomed&if you a have any questions feel free to ask!check out our site(http://sunstrides.org/?q=content/town-hostel).
wish you luck!
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Hello,

I'm a 23 year old male from Australia.

I will be traveling around Africa this year and am interested in volunteer work, although through travel agents I just feel like they are trying to sell me their programs for their own commision and on many websites there are high fees and my trip is on a low budget.

I would love to volunteer in a local community in anyway that I can. One of my friends did this although she just went into places when there asking if they needed a hand. Helping out in schools and orphanages.

Is this a good idea? I'm very torn.

Anything you can help me with would be greatly appreciated...

Thanks.

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post Jul 16 2010, 12:16 AM
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Blessed are those who have good hearts just like yours. There are many government accredited agencies and they even have websites that could help you get the volunteer work that you're looking for. Don't stop looking. Uganda still needs a lot of volunteers. Good luck!
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post Aug 3 2010, 08:05 AM
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Hi. I'm Jayne and just started a one year engagement with an organization in southwest Uganda, Uganda Rural Community Support Foundation (URCSF). Here is their website: URCSF

I also started a blog that will give you first hand my 10 days of experience. I came in from the USA. My blog

I am so very happy and supportive of this NGO. I know you would not be disappointed to come here.

Let me know if I can answer any further questions for you.

Regards, Jayne
jaynewick@gmail.com

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