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I did 4 weeks conservation voluntary work in New Zealand, it was the best 4 weeks of my life so far, that was in 2010.

Once I’m out of my overdraft, I’ll be a little globe trotter once more! 20 months ago


would preferably like to go to India and do volunteer work with children 23 months ago


i am volunteering as a teacher at the orphanage near my school. :-)
my dream has come true. :-) 2 years ago


I’ve always wanted to do a Habitat for Humanity type volunteer trip. A friend of mine did one a few years ago to Nicaragua and she said it was an amazing experience to help build homes for the villagers in the town they went to. 2 years ago

FlashySenapVolunteered to help the great white shark

I got this experience from a great friend who sent me on a journey to South Africa as a volunteer at a biology tourist/ research center, focusing on the great white shark.
My main duties was to help the tourists on a cage diving vessel.
I also got education on sharks and other various wildlife connected to the area, as well as information on how to make rope knots. It was a fun and rewarding experience as I got to come up real close to this magnificent creature who has an eternal place in my heart. 2 years ago

XxRicaxXMy dream.

I have already done some volunteer work in a German pharmacy, but I want to do more. This time, I want it to be something extremely powerful and innovative, not stocking shelves full of pharmaceuticals.

I’m in university, I’m young, and I now have a freedom that I might never have again in my life. I want something really big. And I think I found it in Unite For Sight.

Spending my days and nights working side-by-side with dedicated people to help restore the vision of those in need. Living near African or Indian slums for four weeks, experiencing an entirely different world, and dedicating my time to the well-being of others… all while possibly doing my own research. There are no words to describe how much I dream of doing this.

I’m going to submit an application for August 2013… and I will be keeping my fingers crossed. 2 years ago

myosotisx3putting this in the "giving up" category.

I realized that I am not the best position to volunteer abroad.

My main reason to volunteer abroad was to help those less fortunate in other places where the needs are less met than here in a first-world Country. But due to health issues, people would probably be taking care of me if I go. After my experience traveling with my family for a month last year (and spending many days in bed sick), I realized that I am not strong enough to do so.

However, that will not stop me from helping people. There are many needs not being met locally. There are some people who are able to go abroad and those who can’t. I accept that I am in the latter category. Thus, I will contribute more to my community and volunteer locally to those in need.

I hope those who can to go abroad. Even traveling is an eye-opening experience that I do not regret even though I was stubborn about going. I am glad I went as the experiences were invaluable. 2 years ago

MzcheySouth korea! Kamsahamida<3

I got an amazing opportunity through my school’s chapter of Financier’s Without Borders to work abroad in South Korea as a volunteer consultant during winter break. It all happened so quickly as I was praying for a sign that I should go into strategic consulting. Within one month of the interview I was on a 14 hour flight to Korea, solo. Talk about scary but exciting! I spent my first night alone in Seoul and then traveled to Daegu where we’d be working. We were a team of four undergrad students from my school and we worked to help a small entrepreneurial biopesticide firm figure out how they could enter their products in the American markets by researching the industry and providing them with a business plan. It was an amazing experience from start to finish and it reignited my love for traveling as well as made me want to volunteer in other countries. Hopefully, Africa will be next! It also helped me to realize that my idea of moving into strategic consulting is indeed a good one! 2 years ago


I’d like to share my time with the elderly..maybe do some hand massage for them?

..I’d like to do some volunteering activities in Netherlands that will not require me to speak Dutch ;-)...

Hope to find some there and spend a day or two, I think it’s already a big something. ;-) 2 years ago

tribute_to_erasmusI'm getting the itch again

I volunteered in the Dominican Republic two years ago, teaching english in an orphanage. It was a mixed experience, more having to do with how I was relating to the experience and the reality of foreign volunteers, the impact we had (and sometimes didn’t) have on the ground, the meaning of it all. But I’m starting to miss it. Now that I have more vacation time than Andrew, I think I will invest a week in volunteering abroad again. I need to start doing some research! 2 years ago

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