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Old 01-30-2006, 01:16 AM   #1
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I want to go to Africa

Not just to visit, but to help. Volunteer somewhere. Do something. Does anyone know of any/had experience with vounteer groups to Africa? I've looked around and it looks like there's a ton, not sure where to go exactly. I probably won't be able to stay longer than a month this time around...

Gracias.
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Old 01-30-2006, 01:31 AM   #2
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sulawesigirl4 and LivLuvAndBootlegMusic have both volunteered in Africa, and probably several other posters as well. Lurking somewhere in the depths of FYM is a thread called (I think) "Ask the Volunteer in Africa" which is sula's recounting of her experiences. LivLuv posts in here all the time; sula doesn't seem to have been around much lately that I've noticed (?), but she is a forum moderator, so it shouldn't be too hard to track her down. I would suggest getting in contact with one of these folks.
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Old 01-30-2006, 09:11 AM   #3
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Here are a couple of threads that should be helpful:

My final month in Africa...any last questions? by Sula

Ask the volunteer in AFRICA by Sula

Africa by Digsy

I'd love to hear how Sula and her boyfriend are adjusting to being in the states.
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Old 01-30-2006, 10:15 AM   #4
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Sula and Digsy are the coolest and I want to go back to Africa too.
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Old 01-30-2006, 11:30 AM   #5
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Merc is heading there in a few days I believe...she'll be glad to talk to you about it as well
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with threads like these, how can you not U2 fans?
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I was thinking the same thing, Irvine. What other bands/artists inspire fans to travel across the globe to help others?
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Old 01-30-2006, 12:01 PM   #8
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I volunteered for 6 weeks in Ghana with a group called Cross Cultural Solutions, a great group you can find on the web. You have to pay too volunteer with them, but they run an excellent program and it is worth every penny. West Africa is an incredible place.
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I thought LivLuv went as part of a class and not a volunteer mission? She had some really great stories and beautiful pics of her trip.

Do you have any expertise in an area? Particularly things like a medical background, nursing, laboratory work (especially bloodwork, routine lab tests, etc)?
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I thought LivLuv went as part of a class and not a volunteer mission? She had some really great stories and beautiful pics of her trip.
Correct, it was a month long 3-credit interdisciplinary course, mainly used because we have to have 3-credits worth of a cross-cultural engagement class to graduate and it's a third world development studies elective, which is my minor. We did not volunteer in the sense that we went with the Red Cross or Oxfam and stayed at one location, but we did visit several programs across the northern part of Tanzania. The title of the trip was the role of the church in development. They don't have seperation of church and state in Tanzania and since the government struggles to manage on it's own, they actually fund a lot of religious programs because the Lutheran and Catholic churches are much more effective at running these programs and distributing aid. We did get to visit places like orphanages, social services, cultural museums (Masaai and Sukuma villages), homes for unwanted street children, and tagged along for home visits of people with HIV/AIDS receiving aid through the church.

I LOVED it there and have been tossing around the idea of going back for a longer period of time (but it's hard to make that decision while planning a wedding, working 4 jobs, and finishing college!). I thought Tanzania was an amazing place because it really has it all. Some places are flat, hot and dusty, others have more rolling hills, red sand, and these great acacia trees. Other places are high in the mountains. We got to walk down Kilimanjaor and also spent a few days in a mountain village called Lushoto. This village has colonized by the Germans, who went there because the climate is the same as Bavaria. It was lovely up there, plenty of plants, and not too hot. The also have the Indian ocean coast and the island of Zanzibar. We stayed along Lake Victoria and I swam in Lake Victoria. Then they have the safari lands like Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Nogorongoro Crater, and the Oldupaai Gorge. There's really an entirely different landscape every hundred miles.

That was the first and only time I've traveled outside the States and still I'm convinced it's the greatest place on earth!

If you want to look through my pictures, I just made a new album with captions:

http://www.dutchbingo.net/TanzaniaJa...005/index.html
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If you want to look through my pictures, I just made a new album with captions:

http://www.dutchbingo.net/TanzaniaJa...005/index.html
Amazing photos

It seems like Africa has an incredibly diverse and breathtaking landscape. My sister has applied for a position in Nigeria with CUSO, a Canadian volunteer organization. I think it would be a rewarding experience, especially for someone from a quiet part of Canada (it would also get her off of my computer!). It's a definite goal of mine to go eventually, as well. Unfortunately, student loan repayments are getting in the way of that goal at the moment.

This is the CUSO site, if there are other Canadians here who are interested: http://www.cuso.org/home.asp?lang=1&mode=&fold=
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Amazing photos

It seems like Africa has an incredibly diverse and breathtaking landscape. My sister has applied for a position in Nigeria with CUSO, a Canadian volunteer organization. I think it would be a rewarding experience, especially for someone from a quiet part of Canada (it would also get her off of my computer!). It's a definite goal of mine to go eventually, as well. Unfortunately, student loan repayments are getting in the way of that goal at the moment.
Thanks! Sorry they are mostly of animals. I have some amazing ones more of people/culture type things, but they were taken by other people w/ more talent!

I hope that can work out for your sister. Maybe she can apply for deferment of her loan payments? I'm not sure how that works, but I know it's possible in some situations. Honestly, that is the main thing holding me (and my fiance) back as well. We owe about $100,000 in student loans.
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A friend of mine went to Rwanda through the organisation Right To Play. http://www.righttoplay.com

They help children through sports and playing together. They teach children how to protect themselves from diseases like HIV/Aids etc. through sports.
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I would love to volunteer in Africa. I'm going to check out those links that people have posted. Thanks all!
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I volunteered for 6 weeks in Ghana with a group called Cross Cultural Solutions, a great group you can find on the web. You have to pay too volunteer with them, but they run an excellent program and it is worth every penny. West Africa is an incredible place.
yeah i was going to go with cross cultural solutions as well - they looked excellent.
I eventually went with another group but for no other reason then they suited me at the time. if i were to go again (which i really hope i will one day) i'd probably look at CCS again.

be careful of other groups charging you exhorbatent fees for no real reason though - its kinda against the whole spirit of the idea!!
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