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Volunteering Can Extend Your Traveling Time

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An awesome way to travel the world on a budget is volunteering. If you are lucky enough to get a few months or maybe even a year off work, the challenge can be saving enough money to support yourself. If you love spending time getting to know the people of any country you travel to, then volunteering gives you  free food and accomodation and ample time to get to know the locals.

Two fantastic volunteer centres in America

Kripalu –

I visited Kripalu back in 1996 before the time of websites and mobile phones. Back then we depended on pictureless guide books and letter writing. How things have changed. Beautiful websites with plenty of pictures and information, now make it easy for you to choose the best place to volunteer.

It was my first trip to America and first experience of volunteering in exchange for food and accommodation. We stayed in dorms and were assigned a variety of tasks. Mine were bed making and the lost property shop. The work was easy, the yoga classes endless and the food delicious. Kripalu was a great place to chill out and meet some really cool people.

I only stayed for two weeks but some people were doing 4-6 month programs. These programs are still available and if you have the time I would highly recommend Kirpalu as a volunteer destination.

So if you are looking at the cost of flights to the USA and are concerned about having enough money to support yourself, why not consider volunteering.

Omega Institute –

I arrived at the train station and randomly scored a lift. Which was lucky as it would have been a long walk. I don’t think they were expecting me. No surprise considering all communication had been by letter. Anyway I borrowed a tent and camped up with the other volunteers.

Four weeks at Omega was not really enough. I met some wonderful people while making beds and preparing food in the kitchen. Omega gave it’s volunteers the opportunity to do courses especially for the volunteers and participate in some of the student courses. It seems they still have volunteers, and the philosophy is still around connecting science, spirituality, and creativity to support people who come to find inspiration.

One thing to watch out for though are the ticks. Apparently they carry lime disease and I managed to get one of the tell tale marks indicating I had been bitten. Anyway quick treatment is the solution and I have never had any problems since.


Georgie Hope+ – enjoyed many years travelling the world and really appreciated being able to extend her stay in America by volunteering.

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This entry was posted on July 18, 2012 by in International Travel, Travel Tips, US Travel and tagged , , , .

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