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What is an economic way to engage in volunteer work in Africa or South America without investing much money?

I would really like to go either to Africa or South America this summer. I would love to engage in any volunteer activities. There are lots of agencies on-line offering just that, however, most charge you several thousands just for a two-weeks placement plus air fare and other administrative fees. I would appreciate if someone can suggest a good no-cost or little cost way for foreign volunteer work. Thank you in advance.

Asked By: John - 1/1/2008
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Organizations that don't charge fees for volunteering, such as VSO Canada, UN Volunteers and the PeaceCorps are looking for people who can work (read, write and speak) in a language other than English, who have skills and experience that can lead to local people generating income, better feeding their families... More
Answered By: jcravens42 - 1/2/2008
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Try the peace corps. Here is a link to there website. http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm
Answered By: Alex M - 1/1/2008
 
sign on with the peace corps but ask about the country theres several active wars and tribal fighting going on so be careful you dont want to end up a newsflash on the bbc
Answered By: Orlando57 - 1/1/2008
 
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