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    I can pay something like £300 with a volunteering company for a teaching position in Thailand, only temporary, but all the accom is taken care of.

    However, I wouldn't be paid for it as its only volunteering.

    It would be great to have this on my CV, as I want to teach abroad anyway.
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    If you can afford the opportunity, then go. It'll be a one in a lifetime moment so don't miss out.
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    If you want to. I've heard there are places (Cambodia maybe.. I can't remember?) in South East Asia where it's very easy to get a paid teaching gig if you're white even if you don't have TFL etc but these places aren't that nice. Have a look into it. Remember you've got to pay to get to Thailand too which is very expensive.
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    Why are you volunteering ? Why not do it in your own locality helping people in your community rather than go abroad ?

    But if your not strictly in it to just help people AND you also want a unique experience then go abroad

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    Why not do EVS instead? They pay 90% of your plane fare and give you a subsistence :/
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    (Original post by Who?Knows)
    Why not do EVS instead? They pay 90% of your plane fare and give you a subsistence :/
    What's EVS, Bruv?
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    (Original post by diggy)
    Why are you volunteering ? Why not do it in your own locality helping people in your community rather than go abroad ?

    But if your not strictly in it to just help people AND you also want a unique experience then go abroad

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    I am volunteering because I am not qualified to do anything. Nobody would employ me to teach, let alone stack a shelf in a Waitrose.
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    (Original post by Isambard Kingdom Brunel)
    What's EVS, Bruv?
    Google is your friend.

    http://www.britishcouncil.org/study-...lunteer-europe
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    You could if you have the money to spare, it would certainly be a good opportunity, but if not then take a look around and there are probably other options to volunteer for free or where they would pay you!
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    (Original post by haksaeng)
    You could if you have the money to spare, it would certainly be a good opportunity, but if not then take a look around and there are probably other options to volunteer for free or where they would pay you!
    Pay me? That's not what volunteering means! :eek:
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    There are plenty of places you could get a job once you're out there. Bit of a risk I know but I met plenty of people who were on TFEL courses/jobs whilst I was travelling SE Asia.
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    (Original post by Isambard Kingdom Brunel)
    I can pay something like £300 with a volunteering company for a teaching position in Thailand, only temporary, but all the accom is taken care of.

    However, I wouldn't be paid for it as its only volunteering.

    It would be great to have this on my CV, as I want to teach abroad anyway.
    http://www.latinomics.org/en/fmp/sweet-second/
    I think it's maybe a good choice for you. You not only volunteer abroad and teach for children but also have chance to visit many places. They're providing 2 trips/month for volunteer. You can see and think about it
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    (Original post by Isambard Kingdom Brunel)
    I can pay something like £300 with a volunteering company for a teaching position in Thailand, only temporary, but all the accom is taken care of.

    However, I wouldn't be paid for it as its only volunteering.

    It would be great to have this on my CV, as I want to teach abroad anyway.
    Hey,

    i definitely think you should not pay for a volunteering job. I also found many places where they wanted me to cover all my expenses.

    I found a really interesting place in Denmark, what is between volunteering, travelling and getting a degree. It is really interesting place and many people has many opinions about it, but i found it amazing. Here you can do so many things, what you have never dreamt about. It is a three year program, first year going to Africa by bus, finding some volunteering actions as well inbetween, second year living in an European city and sharing your experiences, summer you can choose something for 3 months, third year teaching practice in Denmark or where you can find a place which pays a small salary for you.
    For me it is something,maybe for you as well. If you have further questions, you can contact me have a nice day
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    Have you had a look on Workaway an Helpx...? No need to pay, and most include accomadation and food, you just have to spend a while looking for exactly what you want


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    I always think these pay to volunteer things are just ridiculous and in some cases its just a damn right scam. As far as teaching goes in Asia because of the large demand for teachers I would say that a lot of these so called volunteer companies and I know for fact about agencies taking money from you or the school so you may be a volunteer but that does not mean that the company you work for is not getting paid (my experience is they will be getting paid something) so to pay money on top of that is absurd. This is not all companies im sure but most of them. As far as teaching in Asia goes there are plenty of jobs and even without any qualifications you can get a teaching job with normal pay it just depends. I have met many illegal teachers here in China in fairness some were actually good teachers just didn't have the degree but then again illegal teachers are also known for being very bad and bring about a bad image on the industry.

    I would advise, jumping on a plane to wherever you want to go, sort out a hotel/hostel for a few weeks or whatever see the area and some schools or companies. At the very least you will get a job teaching no problem if you are volunteering with no money being paid (still actually not sure on the legal status of that, it differs and some countries are stricter about it). Once you arrive its very easy to find a job whether paid or volunteer work.
 
 
 
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