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Make a Difference Have you 'made a difference' while travelling, by fundraising or donating time and energy to a worthwhile cause such as wildlife conservation or tsunami reconstruction efforts? Tell us how you did it, what the experience was like, and how others can help. Are you a non-profit organisation or individual who knows of an opportunity for travellers to help out in a less developed country? Tell us about it and provide contact details here.
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Voluntering Latin America

I will be travelling to Latin America in December 2011, arriving from the USA and making my way south.

Because I don't have a time limit, I would like to do some volunteer work and contribute to a local community/society in the countries that I visit.

Perhaps you guys can help me on my way. All suggestions and ideas are welcome.

Greetings,

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EntreMundos - Free Volunteer Opportunities and NGO Services in Guatemala

This is Guatemala specific, but EntreMundos is an organization that matches up potential volunteers with available positions. I have been to their office, but have not worked through them personally, so do your own research.

Habitat for Humanity has builds going all over Latin America and may be worth checking out.
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Thank you Guys,

This is a good start.
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Try this Sloth sanctuary

It's in Costa Rica. I spent three weeks there last Christmas. They look after and care for rescued sloths.

Also you could try these guys if you want to patrol a beach at night and save turtles! Baja Sea Turtle Conservation Travel


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Turtles

Thank you Dom,

Seeing turtles was also om my wishlist, perfect combination with volunteering.
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Fundraising

Hey Everyone,

I'm bumping my own thread with a new question.

I would also like to combine my trip to do some fundraising for my sisters organisation: www.duara.org , apart from the volunteering work that I will do along the way.

I'm in the fase of brainstorming and came up with ideas like: ask friends and friends of friends to sponsor my sisters onganisation through me per kilometer, write to motorcycledealers, manufacturers, motorcycle clothing compagnies and donate a percentage of the retailprice of the stuff they are willing to "give" me, etc. I'm also thinking of making a facebook account and looking for a slogan.

Does anyone have some info or tips, be willing to help me out with info or sponsorship?

Lucien
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The Muskoka Foundation

The Muskoka Foundation is a non-profit organisation that supports overland travelers in designing volunteering into their itinerary. Our slogan is "use what you know to do good as you go". We encourage independent travelers to share their skills, experience and knowledge through programs delivered to the local communities to support their sustainable development. We build an international network of partner organisations that work with those communities on everyday basis which allows us match traveler's skills to the community's needs, so that the impact can be truly meaningful. We provide our connections, curriculum, materials, equipment and support to make it all happen, free of charge to travelers and partner organisations.

Our vision is to create a global network of travelers who support developing communities in their effort to become independently sustainable.

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Hola Lucien,

If you are going to Ecuador,the Amazone side,
i could help you find a small project.
Reforest,or helping a children in a small Indian village (without parents).
A little help makes a huge difference to them.
If interested just sent me a message when you are coming close to Ecuador.

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Hi,

On my way through Chile i visited the organisation Verein Sternenkinder e. V. You might be wellcome to stay and work there for a while

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They have programs in various Latin America countries.
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Tnx guys.

I stored them under my favorites and will keep them in mind.
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