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The Early Bird Catches the Worm

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A girl couldn’t really sleep this night, it was raining a lot…3.30am, 4 am, then 5 am, she took a pashmina to cover her head and decided to walk through the rain thinking that some people had the same ”issue” but unfortunately, those didn’t have any houses where to stay…sleeping in the dirty streets of Kathmandu… Then, she walked for an hour through these same streets, with almost no one expect two rickshaw passing and ... Read More »

Thulopatal, Everest, Nepal – Gallery

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Everest, the top of the world, Living with the Tamung people, volunteering in Nepal. Look through these photos and get a true feel for the culture of this area. John O'Connell enjoyed his time here and will return to these wonderful people in the near future. This is a poor area but the people have such rich culture. Read More »

Friends in high places – Living with the Tamang

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A Guest post from John O’Connell: This story begins in North Eastern Thailand near a place called Nong khai on the Thai – Laos border, which is ironically where I am writing this story from now. In April 2012, on the advice of a friend, I went to work at Sarnelli house, an orphanage in North Eastern Thailand for children with H.I.V. There we taught the children English and generally kept them entertained and content. ... Read More »

Volunteering Abroad – a Debate

From funds raised by volunteers the centre now has an important piece of physio rehab equipment...a tilt table

Volunteering abroad can produce remarkable experiences for volunteers and the community in which they offer their services but is it a simple decision on the correctness of the volunteering gesture? I have spent a long time debating the issue of volunteer work in foreign countries and have found it really difficult to come to any fixed conclusions. I am therefore presenting this blog post by way of opening a debate on the subject and canvassing ... Read More »

Volunteer Work for Free – Nepal and India

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Volunteering and voluntary work is an activity researched by many of us, young and old alike, wishing to do something meaningful and worthwhile either at home or abroad. This can take the form of working with charities, animals, nature or often the most sought after; working with local less fortunate people and children, this time in a less well off foreign country. Sadly there is one thing which often curbs our enthusiasm to venture abroad ... Read More »

Khagendra New Life Home, Nepal – Gallery

Krishna sunbathing outside and speaking with Paula  herself a volunteer and magic fundraiser!!

This is Khagendra New Life Home in Kathmandu, Nepal. This is the only purpose built resource in Nepal catering for the long term severely handicapped. It is a voluntary Nepal Disabled association founded in 1969 but continually improving ...and in need of sustained funding and improvement. A very humbling and yet uplifting place. Read More »

WOOFING in Greece – Pros & Cons

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For those uninitiated, Woofing is the term used for “Working On Organic Farms” and applies to volunteers working in return for their food and accommodation throughout the stay with their host. There are definite “Pros” and “Cons” for embarking on this form of voluntary work and based on our considerable experience of Woofing, we will explore some of these in the following article. Organised Volunteering WWOOF is a worldwide organisation with individual countries running their ... Read More »

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