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Needed: a different name for volunteering

Like many returning Overseas Volunteers, I started to reflect on my volunteering experience , and looking around on the internet, became more aware of the different websites and blogs that are dedicated to the subject. Not all by any means, were in favour of overseas volunteering! That shock out of the way, I read and read, […]

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Overseas Volunteering 50+

“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.”~ Anna Quindlen Funny old time of life, 50 +, the kids are not kids any more, Bless them, they’ve either left home or are too independent to need you apart from maybe the odd cash advance,  so invariably, whilst you’re still fit, or at least, still […]

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Orphanages – Cherkassy – Ukraine

As my daughter was studying “Younger Years” at college, I thought it would be a great experience for her to do some volunteer work at an orphanage and get some first hand knowledge of what some children go through in their young lives. It was meant to be working with kids in ordinary orphanages, how-ever, […]

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Santa Claus – Children’s Hospital – Han Noi

Playing Santa has never offered much appeal to me, but when I was invited to join a wonderful student volunteer group to help with a Christmas play at the local children’s hospital I really couldn’t say no and with being thousands of miles away from home, who would ever find out? The students were brilliant , at […]

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Viet Nam Peace Village cont:

I arrived in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, via Bangkok, Thailand, now everyone knows that Bangkok is one of the busiest cities in the world, but it still leaves you totally unprepared for Ha Noi, a city with an estimated 9 million “point & go” motorbikes, cars in their thousands, intolerant bus drivers by the thousand, […]

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Viet Nam Peace Village

Over a nine year period, during the Vietnam War, , 20% of South Vietnam’s jungles were sprayed with Agent Orange, a type of chemical defoliants that destroyed the environment and caused cancer in the lungs, larynx, and prostate. More than 500,000 children were born with birth defects, serious skin diseases, mental disabilities, hernias, cleft palate, […]

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“The Hill Tribes” – Chang Rai- North Thailand

Starting somewhere near the beginning, after arriving and settling in, the normal volunteer routine was: Breakfast (a rice dish) followed by the obligatory morning meeting (in Thai of course, with a rough translation) then a volunteers meeting, where we’re designated our jobs for the day, mostly teaching,or preparing the lessons for the kids of the villages. To […]

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