Monday, November 19, 2012

Volunteer with the Poor Overseas

If volunteering overseas appeals to you but you don't want to pay the high fees some organizations charge for the privilege of working for free, consider volunteering with the Brothers of the Missionaries of the Poor (
This Catholic charity operates in a number of developing countries and welcomes volunteers to do hands-on work assisting some of the most disadvantaged people in the world--those who live in poor areas and also suffer from illness or physical handicaps or loneliness. There are missions in Jamaica, Haiti, India, Kenya, Uganda, the Philippines and Indonesia and the start of one in North Carolina.
Volunteers pay their own transportation costs, but their room and meals are covered by the brothers during their time at the mission. At present two weeks is the maximum volunteer time.
This program sounds like a real commitment, certainly not a vacation. Every day starts at 6 a.m. with Mass and prayers. It would probably be best suited to those who are Catholic or at least Christian, since there are fairly strict guidelines volunteers must follow.
It is nice to see that there are some programs, at least, that do not seem to take advantage of their volunteers.


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