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18:57:08 Dec 13th 09 - Pirate Suqah:

has any of you ever considered/done volunteerswork in third world countries?

I'm considering doing it, but I want to know what to expect. I found an organization where I could do it, and they go to pretty much everywhere.

So anyone have any advice/info?

19:00:58 Dec 13th 09 - Pirate Suqah:

Suggestions on countries are also welcome :P

19:10:40 Dec 13th 09 - Mr. Sackett:

I thought it was great. I highly recommend it.
Pick a group that is doing something you believe in .
If you go ,expect the culture change and embrace it. Your culture should only be a subject of conversation when they want to know about you. You are in their world and you will learn and enjoy the most from learning how to merge into their world . They will reject anyone with an 'Im better than you' attitude.
Eat what they eat , talk as they talk ,except for who they are and you will have a great time.

19:12:24 Dec 13th 09 - Mr. Sackett:

I meant' accept them' not except ... oops

19:36:37 Dec 13th 09 - Sir Brown Bear:

go for it lew....if i had the chance i wud also....but im scared of being somewhere THAT far away from home...if u do it it should be a real adventure go for it! :)

19:52:14 Dec 13th 09 - Mr. Kobuskan:

Maybe USA is a good place to start, lot of poor people there

19:54:37 Dec 13th 09 - Dark Prince Stirlin:

i know several people who have volunteered in Africa, work in safaris, schools etc. they said it was the best experience they've ever had

20:09:34 Dec 13th 09 - Dr. Happy Pants:

Peace Core is a good organization and they generally know where people are needed the most.

23:03:10 Dec 13th 09 - Mr. Confidential:

Isn't is Peace Corps?

I prefer volunteering locally... I worked 3 hours every tuesday teaching disabled kids to snow ski, and it's pretty fun haha

01:39:52 Dec 14th 09 - Ms. Natalie Portman:

come to sweden.

01:56:30 Dec 14th 09 - Mr. Barny:

I recommend working through Peace Corps (Pronounces like "Core). It is a larger organization so you are generally a lot safer then with smaller organizations if you intend to travel.

Mostly what I know on the subject is from a friend who spent a few years volunteering. A few things he told me were to start somewhere more developed like the USA or another country that has a decent HDI and see if you like it; Don't jump right into an African country. Accept and become a part of the local culture, he said it was pretty cool because everyone in the villages he was around liked the Peace Corps workers because they were helping them so it was easy to be accepted.

Oh yeah and 1 big one: Don't be sexually active. I know it seems intuitive, but that same friend of mine ended up getting HIV/AIDs, but he still said that his volunteer work was one of the best expieriences in his life.

08:44:00 Dec 14th 09 - Mr. Confidential:

*Confidential packs the hand lotion*

08:58:40 Dec 14th 09 - Mr. Yes Twamao:

I do volunteer work as a physician.  The organization is run by Dominican Sisters.  It is under the Order of Malta.   We run a health center everyday and we do medical missions every saturday. I am from the Philippines.  Basically, my work is to provide medical care for the indigenous people and to supervise the medical interns (specially the sexy ones) and the allied medical professionals. 

09:29:39 Dec 14th 09 - Dr. Happy Pants:

Good for you Twamao. That is commendable.

09:32:29 Dec 14th 09 - Mr. Confidential:

Twamao... You're a doctor?

10:12:06 Dec 14th 09 - Sir Penguin The Filipino:

Lew come to Lithuania, you could help out at my school farm :) i would share my bed with you! and we could always check vu. i would jump on ze bike and would give ya power to check vu :) then you would do the same for me :D

10:21:50 Dec 14th 09 - Lord Thomaas:

lol, Pengu, take a pic when that happends :P wanna see you riding the bike to give lew power to game VU :P

11:07:58 Dec 14th 09 - Mr. William And His Pink Rhino:

if you really want to help go to nigeria ;)

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