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Taking A Gap Year Volunteering

Why You Should Take a Break After Graduating and How Volunteering Can Change You … For the Better As a known phrase goes: “Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” My name is Janka, I am 30, I come from Slovakia (Europe), currently living in Vietnam and I could not […]

Volunteering with Animals—Reality vs Expectations    

Animal care «volunteering» for private individuals is something a lot of people desire to do as a way to take a cheaper holiday. I’m no different; I’m on my sixth Workaway experience. In exchange for walking the dogs, feeding chickens, or riding horses you get room and board, a more intimate knowledge of the locals and their culture, and most of the day is free to do as you please. Sounds ideal. Remember, there’s no such thing as a free ride. People that need someone to care for their animals require help because they’re a lot of work. Either that or they just don’t want to do the dirty work.     What they don’t tell you about the chickens is that they also have roosters. Only in storybooks do they crow when the sun rises. Fact is, they start around 3:30 in the morning and crow for five minutes every half hour until the sun rises. Only then do they go silent. You’ll probably be stuck in the room closest to their roost, too. Haha if you think ear plugs are going to save you from coq-induced sleep deprivation.     People […]


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