You can become a volunteer by joining projects like international workcamps or weekend workcamps.
Generally, volunteers will do various works ranging from environment, education, social, health, etc. You can choose the type of the work you like to do as a volunteer.
Volunteers can go anywhere in the world that has a workcamp. However, currently GVC only has partnership with organization in Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Mongolia,Thailand and Vietnam.
There are many benefits that you can get by volunteering through workcamps. Some of those are:
Before you experience it, you will not be able to feel the impact of going on a workcamp. So, since the best teacher is experience, do experience a workcamp by yourself now!
Joining a workcamp is a great opportunity to learn, share and grow in a different environment. When living in a foreign country that might be completely different from yours, the most important thing is to respect the local culture. Also, be prepared to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds. You will be in a situation that depends on your willingness to make the workcamp spirit alive. It would greatly help if you approach situations with an open mind, take the initiative to start conversations and find out more about other cultures. Learning some basic phrases of the local language will definitely go a long way in helping you get along with the local community!
In order to minimize the culture shock when going to a different country, it will be useful to gather as much information as you can about your destination prior to your departure. Factors such as sanitation, health matters, gender roles, food, religion, politics, etiquette, climate, social norms etc can throw you off guard if you are not well prepared. Please be aware that it is your full responsibility to be aware of those conditions for your own safety.
There is no fixed deadline for each workcamp. The host will not accept new applicants once it is full. It is better to apply as soon as possible to have better chance of acceptance.
Acceptance is not assured until we get confirmation from the host organizations. Some organization/projects decide by your motivation that you have indicated on the wrokcammp registration form. Many organizations/projects accept you if there are vacancies in the project, but some might refuse you if there are already too many volunteers from the same country.
You have the following options:
a. Choose another workcamp! (there is no limit for the number of your choices)
b. Give up and cancel the participation.
The camp leaders or local host will take you to the hospitals and do anything necessary for you. It is better for you to bring basic medicine especially if you have any special allergy, etc.
It can get very inconvenient and costly should you fall sick or meet with an accident overseas. It is highly recommended that you protect yourself with health insurance, travel insurance and accident insurance. Do note that the medicine from each country is different in nature and dosage required. Sanitation and food can be very different, especially in the developing countries. Depending on which country your project is in, you may need to take certain vaccinations.
All the necessary information you need to know prior to the workcamp would be in the information sheet provided by the host organization after your acceptance. Most host organizations would kindly pick you up at the airport and bring you to the workcamp site.
Prior to your departure, you should receive a workcamp information sheet from the host organization. This information sheet consists of detailed arrival information and direction to your meeting point, contact numbers and names of workcamp leaders, accommodation information, some information about the local country an a list of things to bring.
Please be well prepared for your scope of work at the project you will be joining. You can bring materials relevant to the project from your country and share it with other volunteers and the local community.
Please be on time for your project. If you are not able to come on time please take the initiative to contact your host organization. Plan your arrival and departure dates keeping in mind that lodging for volunteers are sometimes only available throughout the project dates.
Be prepared to cook your own meals and do your own laundry. In some workcamp sites, there will be no modern facilities available so please be flexible and creative. It generally works if you learn how to survive and get around as the locals do! Some projects require you to bring your sleeping bag and mattress pad so please do come prepared.
You will have to abide by the local country’s laws. Your origin country’s law will not be applied in another country and ignorance can cause you many problems. Get used to the jurisdiction of the local country because GVC is not in the position to help you should you have a run in with the law overseas.
Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months before your departure date. It is advisable to keep a photocopy of your passport separately. Should you misplace your passport when overseas you would have to get a replacement from the nearest embassy or consulate immediately.
For workcamps in countries where visa is required, you will receive an invitation letter that will enable you to apply for the visa needed. Please enquire at the specific country’s embassy or consulate for individual visa application requirements and fees. If you are travelling by train and will be passing by another country on the way to your workcamp destination, please be aware of visa matters as well. We had previous cases whereby volunteers were asked to debark the train because they did not have the required visas.
Most of the workcamp projects will take place in a remote area or safe neighborhooh and the ocal people usually welcome volunteers warmly. The hosting organization will not offer the workcamp project if they cannot guarantee the safety of the volunteers. Even then, you will have to keep in mind that there are always good and bad people all over the world - your safety is largely dependent on how to conduct yourself while overseas. Workcamp and workcampers are a very special community that will maintain your safety all the time.
Basically, NO. It is important that all volunteers join for the entire length of the workcamp. If you have a valid request, you can ask the host organizations AFTER the acceptance.
Definitely! It is possible for you to travel around the country after your project ends, but please keep in mind that you would have to bear all the expenses.
All applicants must agree with the following points in the application for the workcamps: