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In general it is allowed to volunteer in the US when you are there on a B1 or B2 visa, or on visa waiver program, and for most other visas that do not permit paid employment. However there are some restrictions, and it is best to check them out. The most significant restriction is that you can only volunteer to do things that are normally done on a ...


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You need a "Temporary Worker - Charity Worker visa (Tier 5)" to work as a volunteer for a charity, which Kew Gardens basically is.


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Take a look at http://www.claudiocorallo.com/ His story is amazing, and he is probably one of the best cacao producers in the world. They do the whole growing of cacao to sell and they produce their own chocolate also. I know of a friend that went to Claudios farm in S. Tome e Principe and they have a guided tour where they explain the whole process of ...


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State of Play 23 Feb 2015 The Home Office has prepared a set of substantially revised visitor rules which will be laid before Parliament this Thursday (26 Feb 2015). The new rules, along with the new guidance, will answer questions like yours with much more clarity and resolution than the current rules/guidance. The rules will be unveiled on the Hansard ...


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I've moved countries a lot, doing contracts. One of the finest resources that I've found is meetup.com You sign up, give your city, and your interests, and it starts suggesting social groups and events for you! I've used it to meet people and try new things when I lived in Vancouver, and now here in Melbourne, Australia. We can't tell you what to do or ...


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Yes, there are tons of places where you can do that, since those sites are chronically understaffed. To give you an example of this, the Xi'an Terracotta army is staffed with less than 20 archeologists. Despite being dug out less than 10 percent. Admittedly it will be difficult in China to join in, but there are dozens of better opportunities. There is a ...


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If you are really on the lookout for cacao and chocolate from start to finish, Chuao in Venezuela is the place to go. They do not have an official 'assist on the plantation' arrangement, but local life revolves around the process, and you will certainly be able to see every part of it, and taste the products at various stages. In my opinion, the BEST ...


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WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is the only way I know of to stay for free somewhere other than couch surfing. This might be what the Romanian you met used. I'm not familiar with Korea's program specifically, and all WWOOF farms vary depending on the host, but they may be able to help you arrange free accommodations and meals in exchange for ...


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You haven't specified one specific country, but in general, the way to avoid problems is to carefully research the relevant immigration and labor laws in whichever country you want to go, then you acknowledge that many such offers may be illegal. Many such arrangements are flatly illegal, and depend on lying about your intentions to immigration and simply ...


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I find googling often yields annoying companies that want to charge you to volunteer. However someone gave me this resource for South America that is amazingly detailed and covers just about every option or country you could think of in that area of the world. Hope it's of interest / benefit: http://www.volunteersouthamerica.net/


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I'm afraid you'll have to learn Korean first! From Jeju's 'endangered' dialect article from The Jeju Weekly : An after-school program for learning the dialect is offered in a couple of public schools. This suggests that it should be possible. The article even mentions an iPhone app about the Jeju language, but I didn't find it. The Jeju Special Self ...


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I'm assuming the person you mention has a 6-month Family Visitor Visa. The Governmental page on the do's and dont's states that with this type of visa you can't work or carry out any business: What you can and can’t do [...] You can’t: work or carry out any business In my eyes this is left intentionally vague to allow the authorities ...


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The UK government website for Standard Visitor Visas explicitly says You cannot: do paid or unpaid work [some other things] so that definitely isn't the right visa. The more detailed guidance says (on page 22): Volunteering Appendix 3 allows visitors to undertake volunteering (not voluntary work) provided volunteering is not ...


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Working on a cruise ship is about as different from going on a cruise as it's possible to be. Crew cabins are small, windowless, and typically shared - on some ships they are shared with more crew than there are beds, working and sleeping in shifts. Crew are not allowed in guest areas even on their time off - there are crew bars and such further down in the ...


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Since 1978 Côte d'Ivoire has been the world's biggest producer of cocoa with production of 1.65 million tonnes, more than nearby Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Togo combined (1.55 million tonnes) and West Africa produces two thirds of the world's cocoa crop. At the time this question was asked Côte d'Ivoire had no chocolate factory in country. However in May ...


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Volunteer HQ is a reputable company. Their program fees are also cheaper than STA's. If you're traveling for a few months, Try VSO. They're looking for professionals and will even pay a living allowance and other costs.


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Yes. You are allowed to do vrijwilligerswerk, as it is called in Dutch, if you have a legal permit to be there. One exception is when you are awaiting a decision as to your status. This site contains Dutch-language information on the topic. Google Translate may be your friend. However, you might need to be careful with insurances: See here. I don't know ...


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I might do my volunteering AFTER I arrived at my target city. And then walk in to the site of my choice. The director of an institution has a choice of two volunteers, both of whom are foreign, and speaks English better than the local language: Someone who has called or emailed him or her, leaving a message, or someone who's sitting in front of him/her, and ...


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You're not specifying where you are going. If known, it would make giving you pointers much easier. Also, two months for helping out as a software engineer is awfully short; by the time you can start getting something done, it's time to move on. That said, here are two websites you might want to check out (spam filter prevents me from posting more): ...


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Yes, a residence permit from one Schengen country implicitly gives you the rights to travel within/through the rest of the Schengen area much as if you had a multiple-entry short-stay visa. You have to comply with the usual 90/180 day rule for days you're in a Schengen country that is not Denmark, but enforcement of this is mostly by the honor system since ...


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You will need to apply and obtain a Visa for Volunteer Work (VITEM I) to visit Brazil to work as a volunteer. You are not allowed to do so on a tourist visa. To apply for a visa you will need to provide the following documents: Voluntary work (VITEM I) Applicant’s valid passport – ID page; Visa Request Form Receipt – photo and signature; ...


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Depends on what your technical skills are. Telecoms geeks should beeline for Télécoms Sans Frontières , while IT folks are spoiled for choice: Wikipedia has an entire category listing them. Larger outfits like Mercy Corps also have opportunities for IT people.


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There's a fine line indeed on whether 'voluntourism' is good or bad. There have been cases where so-called volunteering organisations run for-profit enterprises which exploit, say, orphanages under the guise of doing good. One of the best guides I've read while doing my own research into such opportunities is by Ethical Volunteering who have published a ...


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As a UK citizen and a visitor, you're required to obtain an electronic visa that allows you 90 days in Turkey. This should largely cover the time of your stay, which you mentioned was a couple of weeks. Turkey defines work, the criteria for a work visa, as being a paid activity. It doesn't have a specific volunteering visa, and you'll note that work visas ...


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You can, on a Canadian passport, enter without an Standard Visitor Visa, as can anyone holding one of the non-visa national passports. You can do up to 30 days volunteering, as long as the sponsor is on the Charity Register. This is not restricted to only non-visa nationals, individuals holding a Standard Visitor Visa can also benefit from the same rule. ...


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You do not need a visa. You can stay in the UK under the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016, even though Switzerland isn't part of the EEA, thanks to an agreement between Switzerland and the EU. This means that as long as you are working or studying or can prove that you are self sufficient you can stay for longer than three months. You ...


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You have to figure out first which helping organizations still accept volunteers. This is compiled on this page (google translation) (in the table 1/3rds down the page). The primary challenge might be that you will have to provide transport and housing yourself in many cases. The minimum I would prepare is an international drivers license and a sleeping bag....


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