Voluntourism in Vietnam?

Oct 1st, 2007, 09:52 AM
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Voluntourism in Vietnam?

My husband and I would like to combine a trip to SE Asia in Feb. with a volunteer activivity. Has anyone had such an experience? We have traveled to India in such a manner with the Rotary. We figure there must be other reputable organizations out there. Appreciate any info.
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Oct 1st, 2007, 11:31 PM
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Voluntourism has been getting a very bad press here in the UK of late, partly because tourists are getting ripped off by operators in terms of price, often a very small % of the overall cost goes towards benefiting the communities and, most importantly many operations actually have a negative impact on the communities they purport to help.

Check ou any organisation you are considering very carefully.
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Oct 3rd, 2007, 09:49 AM
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Thanks for the input.
We have read that too. Our thought was to go on our own, and visit/volunteer in an agency while there eg, we brought clothes to orphanages in India when we visited. Some friends visited a village and help set up a dispensary.
I have some other web sites to visit.
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Oct 4th, 2007, 01:29 AM
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Here is a link to a school for street kids in Saigon which may be of interest. http://www.15mayschool.org/drupal/

We visited a few years ago and were so moved that it was one of the catalyst for Carolyn and I to embark upon a major lifestyle change. We leave next saturday for a one year volunteer placement in Sierra leone with Voluntary Services Overseas. If yo want to visit or help ou for a day or two, I am sure that it will be possible but suggest that you contact the school in advance.
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Oct 4th, 2007, 03:55 AM
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Here is one place that didn't rip me off, EARTHWATCH:

http://www.earthwatch.org

When I still had an income I did three Earthwatch projects in Asia. You do have to "put your money where your mouth is" but many countries, like the U.S., give you good tax breaks. Your flight may be a tax deduction too, but you are expected to work on these charity projects! You will meet and work with people (other volunteers) from all corners of the earth and have a good time! I did two projects in Thailand (archeology) and one in Indonesia for Solar Ovens. Good luck!

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Oct 4th, 2007, 10:12 AM
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Thanks to you both for some good tips.
Good luck in Sierra Leone!
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Oct 4th, 2007, 08:48 PM
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I heard that buffalo tour have a tour likes this.
Find out on their website: www.buffalotours.com

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Oct 5th, 2007, 01:28 PM
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Thanks,manooe,
that looks interesting.
Do you have any personal experience with this?
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