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Student vountary work outside of the UK

Old Oct 20th 2004, 3:30 am
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Dave Smith
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Default Student vountary work outside of the UK

Ok I know I'll be getting all the quips about getting a real job etc but
my daughter will be 17 next summer and is determined (at the moment) to
go and do voluntary work - probably abroad for a month or so next
summer. Is anybody able to suggest companies or organisations that may
offer such things without needing to re-mortgage my house?

Thanks in advance
Dave
 
Old Oct 20th 2004, 3:52 am
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Rita
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On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 15:30:49 GMT, Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Ok I know I'll be getting all the quips about getting a real job etc but
    >my daughter will be 17 next summer and is determined (at the moment) to
    >go and do voluntary work - probably abroad for a month or so next
    >summer. Is anybody able to suggest companies or organisations that may
    >offer such things without needing to re-mortgage my house?
    >Thanks in advance
    >Dave

It has always struck me as odd that those who want to volunteer
abroad need to pay for the privilege -- Peace Corps excluded.
 
Old Oct 20th 2004, 3:57 am
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nitram
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On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 15:52:12 GMT, Rita <[email protected]>
wrote:

    >On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 15:30:49 GMT, Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>Ok I know I'll be getting all the quips about getting a real job etc but
    >>my daughter will be 17 next summer and is determined (at the moment) to
    >>go and do voluntary work - probably abroad for a month or so next
    >>summer. Is anybody able to suggest companies or organisations that may
    >>offer such things without needing to re-mortgage my house?
    >>Thanks in advance
    >>Dave
    >It has always struck me as odd that those who want to volunteer
    >abroad need to pay for the privilege -- Peace Corps excluded.

The ultimate gap year was offered to my daughter - paying to be a
servant in a white's only South African boarding school.
 
Old Oct 20th 2004, 4:47 am
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On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 17:57:40 +0200, [email protected] wrote:

    >On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 15:52:12 GMT, Rita <[email protected]>
    >wrote:
    >>On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 15:30:49 GMT, Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>Ok I know I'll be getting all the quips about getting a real job etc but
    >>>my daughter will be 17 next summer and is determined (at the moment) to
    >>>go and do voluntary work - probably abroad for a month or so next
    >>>summer. Is anybody able to suggest companies or organisations that may
    >>>offer such things without needing to re-mortgage my house?
    >>>Thanks in advance
    >>>Dave
    >>It has always struck me as odd that those who want to volunteer
    >>abroad need to pay for the privilege -- Peace Corps excluded.
    >The ultimate gap year was offered to my daughter - paying to be a
    >servant in a white's only South African boarding school.

I volunteered to work in an Israeli kibbutz in 1969. I loved every
minute of it. I don't know if the volunteer program is still running,
and suspect this is not a good time to be visiting Israel..

Could she tutor the children of immigrant workers locally, or anything
like that? It would be a cheaper way to find out if she likes
volunteering before you mortgage your home. Your local YMCA
equivalent can use lots of volunteers for their sports, day care and
computer access programs.
Local soup kitchen, food bank, shelter, youth programs.....

Groups like Medcines Sans Frontieres may use volunteers, I know they
have clerical postitions.

M
 
Old Oct 20th 2004, 4:48 am
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Deep Frayed Morgues
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On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 15:52:12 GMT, Rita <[email protected]>
wrote:

    >On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 15:30:49 GMT, Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>Ok I know I'll be getting all the quips about getting a real job etc but
    >>my daughter will be 17 next summer and is determined (at the moment) to
    >>go and do voluntary work - probably abroad for a month or so next
    >>summer. Is anybody able to suggest companies or organisations that may
    >>offer such things without needing to re-mortgage my house?
    >>Thanks in advance
    >>Dave
    >It has always struck me as odd that those who want to volunteer
    >abroad need to pay for the privilege -- Peace Corps excluded.

If you want to work with the Mother Theresa foundation in Calcutta,
you can expect to go to extraordinary lengths to find your way there.
The upside is that in future dinner parties you can drop the words
"Mother Theresa", "Calcutta", and "leper" into one sentence, and gain
lots of approving, interested looks from around the room.
---
DFM
 
Old Oct 20th 2004, 5:34 am
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nitram
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On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 16:48:07 GMT, Deep Frayed Morgues
<[email protected]> wrote:


    >If you want to work with the Mother Theresa foundation in Calcutta,
    >you can expect to go to extraordinary lengths to find your way there.
    >The upside is that in future dinner parties you can drop the words
    >"Mother Theresa", "Calcutta", and "leper" into one sentence, and gain
    >lots of approving, interested looks from around the room.

as you leave your spiral cut ham on the side of your plate?
 
Old Oct 20th 2004, 5:55 am
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Dave Smith
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[email protected] wrote:
    > On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 17:57:40 +0200, [email protected] wrote:
    >
    >
    >>On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 15:52:12 GMT, Rita <[email protected]>
    >>wrote:
    >>>On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 15:30:49 GMT, Dave Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>>Ok I know I'll be getting all the quips about getting a real job etc but
    >>>>my daughter will be 17 next summer and is determined (at the moment) to
    >>>>go and do voluntary work - probably abroad for a month or so next
    >>>>summer. Is anybody able to suggest companies or organisations that may
    >>>>offer such things without needing to re-mortgage my house?
    >>>>Thanks in advance
    >>>>Dave
    >>>It has always struck me as odd that those who want to volunteer
    >>>abroad need to pay for the privilege -- Peace Corps excluded.
    >>The ultimate gap year was offered to my daughter - paying to be a
    >>servant in a white's only South African boarding school.
    >
    >
    > I volunteered to work in an Israeli kibbutz in 1969. I loved every
    > minute of it. I don't know if the volunteer program is still running,
    > and suspect this is not a good time to be visiting Israel..
    >
    > Could she tutor the children of immigrant workers locally, or anything
    > like that? It would be a cheaper way to find out if she likes
    > volunteering before you mortgage your home. Your local YMCA
    > equivalent can use lots of volunteers for their sports, day care and
    > computer access programs.
    > Local soup kitchen, food bank, shelter, youth programs.....
    >
    > Groups like Medcines Sans Frontieres may use volunteers, I know they
    > have clerical postitions.
    >
    > M
    >
    >
Thanks for your positive reply 'M' - I'll discuss it with my daughter.
Dave
 
Old Oct 20th 2004, 6:10 am
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Aj
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"Dave Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Ok I know I'll be getting all the quips about getting a real job etc but
    > my daughter will be 17 next summer and is determined (at the moment) to go
    > and do voluntary work - probably abroad for a month or so next summer. Is
    > anybody able to suggest companies or organisations that may offer such
    > things without needing to re-mortgage my house?
    > Thanks in advance
    > Dave

I came across this one briefly a little while ago:
http://www.volunteering.org.au/. Cant tell you much about it Im afraid but
have a look and you might find something.
 
Old Oct 20th 2004, 7:59 am
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On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 17:55:24 GMT, Dave Smith
<[email protected]> wrote:

    >>
    >Thanks for your positive reply 'M' - I'll discuss it with my daughter.
    >Dave

Dave,

If your daughter is serious about doing volunteer work - and I mean
serious - find where she wants to go (usually some somewhat troubled
region) and send her there with the addresses of all the agencies that
are there.

If you just turn up and offer to volunteer, they will always look
after you, because it shows you are really genuine. If you try to
organise it remotely, she will be placed in the same category as lots
of self-righteous rich kids (and other nuisances) trying to do the
same thing. These are the people aid agencies do not want, because
they are more trouble than they are worth. Also, make sure your
daughter has realistic expectations about what she might encounter.
Good intentions are not enough in themselves, as noble as the
intentions might be!

Places in the Balkans still have active aid agencies, and Romania and
Moldova too. If these places do not appeal to her, she will have to
look further afield. Good luck for her.
---
DFM
 
Old Oct 20th 2004, 11:29 am
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Deep Frayed Morgues wrote:
    > On Wed, 20 Oct 2004 17:55:24 GMT, Dave Smith
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>>
    >>Thanks for your positive reply 'M' - I'll discuss it with my daughter.
    >>Dave
    >
    >
    > Dave,
    >
    > If your daughter is serious about doing volunteer work - and I mean
    > serious - find where she wants to go (usually some somewhat troubled
    > region) and send her there with the addresses of all the agencies that
    > are there.
    >
    > If you just turn up and offer to volunteer, they will always look
    > after you, because it shows you are really genuine. If you try to
    > organise it remotely, she will be placed in the same category as lots
    > of self-righteous rich kids (and other nuisances) trying to do the
    > same thing. These are the people aid agencies do not want, because
    > they are more trouble than they are worth. Also, make sure your
    > daughter has realistic expectations about what she might encounter.
    > Good intentions are not enough in themselves, as noble as the
    > intentions might be!
    >
    > Places in the Balkans still have active aid agencies, and Romania and
    > Moldova too. If these places do not appeal to her, she will have to
    > look further afield. Good luck for her.
    > ---
    > DFM
Thanks for that _ I know exactly what you mean and that is one of the
reasons that I feel many of these companies take plenty of money but
seem, to me, to offer little to the charity.

Dave
 
Old Oct 20th 2004, 11:32 am
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Dave Smith
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AJ wrote:
    > "Dave Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    >
    >>Ok I know I'll be getting all the quips about getting a real job etc but
    >>my daughter will be 17 next summer and is determined (at the moment) to go
    >>and do voluntary work - probably abroad for a month or so next summer. Is
    >>anybody able to suggest companies or organisations that may offer such
    >>things without needing to re-mortgage my house?
    >>Thanks in advance
    >>Dave
    >
    >
    > I came across this one briefly a little while ago:
    > http://www.volunteering.org.au/. Cant tell you much about it Im afraid but
    > have a look and you might find something.
    >
    >
Thanks for this link - its an interesting site and I'll look further in
to it.
Regards
Dave
 

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