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msmiller36 06-28-2011 09:53 AM

Volunteering abroad
 
Having trouble finding reasonably priced volunteer projects...has anyone come across any good ones?



Iv found one orphange in thailand that doesnt charge for volunteers help you just have to arrange your own transport and accommodation but struggling in south africa to find a wildlife project (for 1 - 2 weeks) that is less than 700!!


any help or advice would be appreciated

Frosty 07-02-2011 09:59 PM

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Originally Posted by msmiller36 (Post 15949)
Having trouble finding reasonably priced volunteer projects...has anyone come across any good ones?



Iv found one orphange in thailand that doesnt charge for volunteers help you just have to arrange your own transport and accommodation but struggling in south africa to find a wildlife project (for 1 - 2 weeks) that is less than 700!!


any help or advice would be appreciated

Earthwatch has a charity project in Thailand involved in archeology. This volunteer program may be a tax write off for some volunteers. From the US you can use the cost as a charitable deduction. Sort of like getting a free ride to Thailand - sort of! You do have to come up with the upfront money though and wait until next tax season.
Earthwatch: Origins of Angkor - Earthwatch

I did three expeditions when I still had an income and I could use the tax deductions.

jadeleo 07-22-2011 07:38 AM

china guilin yangshuo travel tips
 
China Guilin Yangshuo Travel tips.

Suggested in Guilin for one or two nights, then the next day do Li River Cruise to get to Yangshuo.

Activities recommended in Guilin, Elephant Hill, Seven Star Park, Reed Flute Cave and lakes. If you like watching the show, do not miss Ethnic Folklore Show and Dreamlike Acrobatic Show in the evening, the shows start at around 8pm or you can watch Cormorant Fishing.

You can also take a stroll in the Zhengyang Pedestrian in the evening to take some souvenir such Chinese traditional paintings in the night market there.

There are many local restaurants around in the center near Sheraton Hotel and Waterfall Hotel, it is nice with reasonable price. The local food in Guilin is famous for steamed mandarin fish of the Lijiang River, red cooked meat slices with Lipu taro covered by bowl, fish cooked in bamboo tube, steamed pork with rice flour wrapped in lotus leaves and Guilin rice noodle etc.

Recommended hotel in Guilin, Sheraton Hotel and Waterfall Hotel (5*) locates in the center of city, the other one is Royal Garden Hotel locates at Li River side, it is 20 minutes walking distance to the center. Bravo Hotel and Ronghu Lake, Park hotels(4*) are nice hotel with good location near lakes and center.

If you have time and want to have a relaxed holiday, you can stay in Yangshuo for 2 or 3 nights. Beer fish is the most famous food in Yangshuo and you can have a try.

You can have nice western food in West Street.
Recommended hotels in Yangshuo, Paradise Hotel, Regency Hotel, Magnolia Hotel are very nice hotel with good location near West Street. If you want to stay out of Yangshuo town, Li River Retreat and Yangshuo Mountain Retreat are nice places for your stay.

Recommend activities in Yangshuo, Liu Sanjie Light and Sound Show, (600 actors and actresses, 500 singers & dancers, bamboo boats and cormorants birds are used in this 70 minute show. it provided a strong backdrop to the hundreds of farmers on bamboo rafts, and floating stages, awash in color and light) If you like adventure, you should explore Water Cave to take muddy bath in the cave, climb up to the Moon Hill to see the panoramic view of countryside.

Visit Yulong River and do bamboo rafting in the river , it is very serene and relaxing, it is one of your best memory of your tour in China. Or ride bike to the villages.


Guilin private tours


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