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Heather's arm, post dog bite

Follow freelance writer/producer Heather Newgen as she goes to Kenya to volunteer at an orphanage, where things go wrong, fast.

After I finally arrived at the volunteer house, I was still upset about not being picked up at the airport, but I decided to put it behind me and focus on the rest of my trip.

I was in Kenya to not only volunteer, but to shoot the pilot for a TV show idea I want to pitch to networks about traveling and volunteering. Unfortunately, there are several organizations that are corrupt and take advantage of people who spend a lot of money to volunteer and donate their time for free. It’s hard to believe a program would do such a horrible thing, but it happened to me and my goal now is to help others get involved with creditable companies while showing them cool and exciting things to do in their time off from working.

Heather abandoned at airport

Follow freelance writer/producer Heather Newgen as she goes to Kenya to volunteer at an orphanage, where things go wrong, fast.

Oh no, it’s India take two!! Here we ago again, but this time in Kenya. For those of you who followed my experience in New Delhi working with street kids you know it was quite traumatic to say the least–so much so that it took me two years to want to take another international volunteering trip. more…

SNS Volunteer Nepal

Name of Organization: SNS volunteer Nepal
Project Duration: 3 months
Location: Pokhara
Cost: USD 400 – inlcudes Accommodation, Meals language seightseeing,
Type of volunteer work: Teaching and orphan care house
Necessary Skills: English and eager to help
Country’s safety level at time of travel: Good
Required vaccinations: None
Rate this trip: 3 out of 5 stars
Would you recommend to a friend? Yes


Rabbie Nass music video shoot

Having spent the last two days working on the set of a real, live reggae video, I can now add “gaffa” to my CV.

I am someone with few, if any, practical visual media skills. So how did I end up on the production team for what might be the most polished music video to ever come out of Monrovia? The story starts, as the best ones always do, in the hotel bar.

Liberian church

We arrived at the Church an hour late; one of our two taxis had broken down.. Joseph, a taxi driver and presiding elder in the church, was dressed to the nines in an orange blazer and navy tie. He had told the congregation that he was bringing foreign guests, and was obviously anxious to deliver on his promise.

The Church itself was in the middle of a very poor neighborhood. Because of the rain, there were deep, muddy puddles in the road that our low-slung taxi struggled to get through. People along the road were selling charcoal in little blue and white striped plastic bags. I also saw a hairdresser, weaving strings of black hair onto her client’s head.

Jared - The Group of 8

by Ryan Rowe

I have a story to tell but I’m not sure how to tell it. It’s not my story but I was asked to tell it. The people who asked me wanted a window to the “outside world” to explain their situation and build awareness of their cause. They asked me to take photos and listen to what they had to say.  It is an extraordinary glimpse into the lives of a group of individuals who struggle daily for survival and I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet them.


Luisa Ryan

Follow Voluntales Co-Founder Luisa Ryan as she spends the summer in Liberia, helping to train local journalists in the lead up to October’s Presidential election.

June 6, 2011

I arrived in Liberia yesterday, after a long trek through the airports of three continents. Rainy season Monrovia is hot and steamy, with bright green vegetation, deep red earth and dark purple skies. When I get off the plane the humidity smacks me in the face. I love it. It is like summer at my grandmother’s house in north Queensland, Australia. Like my grandmother’s home, Monrovia has many beaches; our hotel is a stone’s throw away from the beach front. Unlike at home, no one recommends that you swim here.

At Voluntales, we’re all about helping folk, and after getting this message from Imola Andorko, about her thesis on WWOOF, we’re putting out the call for participants. If you’ve WWOOFed, help her out.

Hi everyone! I would like to ask your help. I`m writing my diploma thesis about the WWOOF. I made a survey, special for the ones who had already tried wwoofing. It takes only about 10 minutes to answer to my questions…it would be a great help if you would answer to it! Thank you very much!!

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