I was going to use either RealGap or antother volunteer sight, but your right, your paying for pretty much nothing, and although it says that it includes accomidation and food, the total cost of thoes still wouldnt equal what your payung in the first place. Plus your accomadadtion will always be in once place ( you wont be able to move to another location), and things like food will be give all at set times (or so i've heard)
what i'll be doing is, booking the ticket, and a hotel for prehaps 3 or 4 days. ill head over, and go to the hotel, and then look about the local area and decide where you want to do
you'll certinaly find alot of places that would be more than glad to accept your offer of voluntary work !
I went volunteering with Projects Abroad when I took time out after finishing school. Unlike some things I hear about similar organisations I felt I was getting something for my money. The conservation project I was working on was really well established and worthwhile. I also really appreciated the in country support, especially when all my luggage got lost.
When I was trying to plan my trip I didnt really know where to start either which is why going with an organisation would make things easier for you. What i found was that I then met people on the projects with whom i could travel independently once we had finished. After having the support and back up for the first few weeks I felt much more confident travelling idependently after that.
I am considering now going through africa, starting in the north in egypt and working my way south to a place where my partners aunty lives, doing a bit of sightseeing etc in egypt and then trying to finds some wildlife sanctuarys/trecks/conservation work as we head down.
I have never been to africa however and arn't sure how safe it is for me to do this, what does everyone think?