Cheap Ways to Volunteering Abroad

If you want a great opportunity that allows you to travel the world, meet new people, make new friends, and build your resume, then think about volunteer overseas programs. However, once you begin your search for volunteering opportunities, you may find the process expensive and eventually feel discouraged.

All the same, you don’t have to incur costly expenses to volunteer overseas. Whether you are a college graduate taking a gap year or you just want to explore the world while giving some form of service, there are various ways to achieve a cheaper volunteering experience. In some cases, you can have a no-expense volunteering opportunity. Get started with these tips:

Know Your Destination

It is important to have an outline before you start writing a term paper. If you choose to volunteer overseas, you should know your destination beforehand. This can help you research relevant programs attached to your preferred destination.

However, it is advisable to remain flexible in your choice of a destination. Instead of focusing on a specific country, choose a region of interest. For example, you may decide to volunteer in Thailand, but your interest program will take place in a different country in the same region. Therefore, have an open mind and choose a destination that will help you derive maximum experience. Check Involvement Volunteers International for more details.

Know Your Purpose

People volunteer overseas for many reasons. However, doing good to people and communities stand out for most volunteers. However, it is advisable to know the purpose of your volunteering. You may want to just to improve your skills in a foreign language or to build your resume. Whatever your reason for volunteering abroad, you should know what you want to accomplish; this can help you choose the best program.

Determine Your Comfort Level

Before you start traveling the world as a volunteer, you should determine your comfort level. For example, ask yourself whether you are comfortable in new environments. Can you stay away from your smartphone? Can you survive without a flush toilet? Answer these questions honestly and you can be able to find a volunteer Thailand program that suits your interests.

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Houston Barbecue Festival now on its 5th year

The Houston Barbecue Festival held Sunday, April 9, at NRG Park, topped out at about 2,300 smoked meat aficionados who came hungry for the unlimited samples from 26 barbecue joints and businesses. Local favorites such as Pappa Charlies Barbecue, Gatlin’s Barbecue, Killen’s Barbecue, Pinkerton’s BBQ and Pizzitola’s Bar-B-Cue made nice with out-of-towners Southside Market & BBQ & Louie Mueller Barbecue (both longtime friends of the festival).

Co-founders Michael Fulmer and J.C. “Chris” Reid began the festival in 2013 to showcase the city’s unique barbecue traditions. The Houston Barbecue Festival, now among the state’s top smoked meat events, proves that Houston is, justifiably, a true capital of Texas barbecue.

Their clothes smelled like smoke and maybe sported some stains and greasy splotches. Their fingers glistened from many stabs into meat plumped with rendered fat. And their stomachs may have cried uncle.

But those who attended the fifth annual Houston Barbecue Festival enjoyed the city’s premier showcase for the glories of H-town barbecue.

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Zakifo Festival coming soon

Zakifo, now in its third year, will occur from May 26 to 28 at the Blue Lagoon shoreline promenade in Durban with three phases, a cultural area, food carts and stalls, beer bars, local brokers and interactive art exhibits.

Zakifo Festival organizers are bringing together musicians from different places such as Jamaica, Belgium, France, Ghana, Niger, Congo, Tanzania, South Africa and Lesotho for a three-day spectacular event. The organizers were Sipho Sithole, Jerome Galabert and Andy Davis.

“Zakifo is in a family of celebrations. For us to really bring value to the artists and crowds you must be a part of an execution circuit,” says Sithole.

Galabert, who runs the Sakifo Festival in Reunion, says he has a solid conviction that the artists in the line-up will change the way people see celebrations in South Africa.

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Lubao Pampanga’s upcoming International Hot Air Balloon fest

The Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival will be held in Pradera Verde in Brgy. Prada Siongco in Lubao, with Bataan’s Mt. Malasimbo in the background.

More than 30 balloons from 23 countries will be seen at the festival, which will be held from April 6 to 9.

Aside from balloon flights, the festival will offer fun activities such as street activities, aerial and land exhibitions, games, and concerts featuring artists like Parokya ni Edgar, Alex Aiono, SpongeCola  and Bamboo. This year’s festival is expected to draw no fewer than 100,000 visitors from all over the country, according to Department of Tourism Region 3 Director Ronnie Tiotuico,

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