Help me volunteer at a refugee camp!
October 4, 2010 9:21 AM Subscribe
I've worked with refugees in the US, now I'd like to volunteer abroad at a refugee camp / with internally displaced persons -- how can I make this happen?
posted by anonymous to travel & transportation (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a US citizen in my mid 20's who has worked and volunteered at domestic refugee resettlement agencies off and on for the past few years, and I would really like to volunteer (or even work) at a refugee camp abroad. As I've mainly worked with East African refugees, I am particularly interested in volunteering in East African camps, but I'm completely open to other locations around the world.
You would think (as I did) that given my connections in the resettlement field in the US, it wouldn't be too difficult to find someone who would be able to help me figure out how to arrange such an opportunity, but so far everyone I've asked has come up empty handed.
Potentially relevant information:
--I can afford to pay my own way, but I'm somewhat wary of volunteering companies that require you to pay them (rather than the organization you will be volunteering with) thousands of dollars for the opportunity.
--I have some experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa, although not in East Africa.
--I have some ESOL teaching / tutoring experience.
So! Are there any MeFites who have volunteered / know someone who has volunteered a refugee camp or with internally displaced persons abroad? How did you arrange the opportunity? Could you recommend an organization that accepts volunteers? If paid programs are the only options, is there a program that you could recommend?
Anonymous because colleagues at work know my handle, but don't know that I'm hoping to volunteer abroad for an extended period of time. For questions / comments, please email me at email@example.com.