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Old 7th January 2009 , 02:28 PM
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I want to travel and volunteer at the same time, so i'm saving up enough money to travel around the world volunteering. The only thing i've ever been truly good at is being good to other people (its the only part of existence that stands the test of time when all is said and done) and I honestly can't stand being in a job where it doesn't benefit another individual.
Here in the Western world we are completely desensitised to true suffering and have no comprehension anymore of what it means to really struggle. We're also missing out on the beauty of the natural world. *ends hippy waffle*
I completely agree with everything you said there and i know exactly what you mean by the job. I'm thinking of a career change on my return to something more meaningful but end of the day though you have to live. If you don't want to start at the bottom again you will ultimately end up going where the money is and with what you know. That is exaclty what happened on my return from Chile.

What i would say is, when you volunteer make sure you go with a charity as there are a lot of companies and organisations out there capitalising on the recent trend of 'gap yearers' and eco/adventure tourism. With a registered charity you can be sure that the money you donate is going to a good cause rather than lining the pockets of a businessman in a office in London.
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I completely agree with everything you said there and i know exactly what you mean by the job. I'm thinking of a career change on my return to something more meaningful but end of the day though you have to live. If you don't want to start at the bottom again you will ultimately end up going where the money is and with what you know. That is exaclty what happened on my return from Chile.

What i would say is, when you volunteer make sure you go with a charity as there are a lot of companies and organisations out there capitalising on the recent trend of 'gap yearers' and eco/adventure tourism. With a registered charity you can be sure that the money you donate is going to a good cause rather than lining the pockets of a businessman in a office in London.
Thanks a lot for the advice. I've thought that myself about the capitalism but wasn't sure how to go about doing what I wanted to without trying to assemble it on my own.

How long will you be out there for? and if you don't mind me asking, how much is the cost for how long?

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Thanks a lot for the advice. I've thought that myself about the capitalism but wasn't sure how to go about doing what I wanted to without trying to assemble it on my own.

How long will you be out there for? and if you don't mind me asking, how much is the cost for how long?

Check this book out from Lonely Planet- Volunteer: A Traveller's Guide. Its full of everything you need to know about volunteering all round the world.

Also, it is worth getting to travel exhibitions for some inspiration such as this one in February at Earls Court - Destinations Show

I will be with Raleigh for best part of four months and they cover all your food, in country transport, personal insurance and any expenses that you need while on expedition. Volunteer staff have to raise/donate £2,000 for a 10 week expedition and venturers (aged between 17-24) £3,000 for a 10 week expedition. Its a bit less for their 5 week expeditions.
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Ndk,

Just a few questions if you don't mind answering? I'm too impatient to wait until the open day (that and i'll most likely have forgotten what to ask by then).

I know it costs £2k for a 10-week period, do you need any money of your own during that time?

Also, what kind of equipment do you need to take/restrict to? I'm really up for taking along a small field recording package to get some sounds whilst i'm over there (I'm leaning towards Costa Rica). Would this be possible or is it a case of keeping things to a minimum?

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I know it costs £2k for a 10-week period, do you need any money of your own during that time?
Minimal money is needed while on expedition with Raleigh. There isn't usually much of a chance to spend it as most of the time you are in the absolute middle of no-where. Take some to buy trinkets, ciggies, sweets/snacks, stamps, postcards etc but like i said, there isn't really the chance to spend it. Raleigh also has a strict no drink (and drugs) rule so that is one thing you wont be wasting money on. I only spent just over £100 while on a 10 week expedition in Chile and compared to the rest of South America, Chile is expensive!

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Also, what kind of equipment do you need to take/restrict to? I'm really up for taking along a small field recording package to get some sounds whilst i'm over there (I'm leaning towards Costa Rica). Would this be possible or is it a case of keeping things to a minimum?
You need rucksack, boots, sleeping bag and general out door gear. Tents and other specialist stuff is provided. By all means take a field recorder but bear in mind that it "might" end up getting trashed, soaked, nicked, full of dust/dirt.

Also while trekking you will have to carry all your own gear as well as group kit such as radios, food, cooking stuff, some medical supplies, tents etc. If you can fit it in and willing to carry it everywhere take it by all means. The environmental and community projects are based at static sites so you wouldn't have to carry it everywhere on those phases.

If you have any other questions post away.. I don't often get to talk about stuff I know alot about on this forum
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2000 for 10 weeks... that's pretty cheap.

how much animal conservation did you get to ? i read you can do a few weeks, but was just wondering what it was like.
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Bear in mind that the 2k is for volunteer staff (over 25) but the venturers (18-24) have to raise 3k for a 10 week expedition.

A 10 week expedition is divided up into three phases - environmental, community and adventure. Each phase lasts for a little under three weeks. As for animal conservation, it just depends on where you go and what projects have been lined up. I did minimal animal conservation work in Chile. We had a few days doing a huemul census as part of our environmental phase.

The environmental projects lined up for my time in India include reducing human/elephant conflict in a rural village and building an anti poaching out post.
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Well chaps, it's NDK's last day at DV towers today..
Wishing you safe and fulfilling travels Neil.. You will be missed our kid!

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Have a blinder Neil, you'll be missed dude!
try pop in occasionally to say hi and when your back let us know what you will be doing with yourself...

may be we can create a thread here on NDK's progress through India or something with pics etc?
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Namasté (greeting in Hindi)

Indeed it is my last day. Like i said before, it has been a pleasure working for DV over the years and the forums has most certainly been a highlight.

Hopefully i will be on here quite shortly if with some interesting photos if i can pull it off, no promises though.

I will also be trying to keep up my blog - http://neilonexpedition.blogspot.com/

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Best of luck, Neil! Enjoy your travels...
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Just a little ditty before you leave town
Don't forget your toothbrush and your dressing gown
'Cause DV has ended before it had begun
New adventures await you so 'go for it, son'
And as you're waiting for your long flight
Check you've packed a vest, it gets cold at night
It may be over but it won't stop there
We are here for you while you're over there
You touched our hearts, you searched your soul
You've changed your life and all your goals
No longer blind and that you knew when
You decided to change other people's lives
You've kissed your old life goodbye
Fulfill your dreams and share yourself
Don't know you well, we know you're swell
We've been moderated by you

Goodbye NDK
Goodbye our friend
You have been a mod
You have been a scruffy bee

Goodbye NDK
Goodbye our friend
You have been a mod
You have been the forum skivvy

You are a dreamer and when you wake,
You'll be in Southern India rafting down some lake
And as you move on, remember IABP
Remember us and how we all used to be
You've made us laugh and made us smile
Useful gear posts once in a while
I've got no womb to have your child
I'd spend a lifetime with a really fit bird
You have no fears and now it's time
You have no doubts and you'll be fine
We'll miss you, I swear that's true
But we will cope without you

(you still here)

Goodbye NDK
Goodbye our friend
You have been a mod
You have been in awe of me
Goodbye NDK
Goodbye our friend
You have been a mod
You have been Modz1's lacky

And we'll still hold your posts in mind
In mind to help put us to sleep
And we will bear our loss in time
Until we find another geek
Goodbye NDK
Goodbye our friend
You have been a mod
You have been a scruffy bee
Goodbye NDK.
Goodbye our friend.
You have been a mod.
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Beautiful, genius (and bloody funny) lyrics IABP..
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