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Tsunami Relief Work? by perfectbitch on 30 July 2005 12:56pm
 
My friend has decided that she wants to become involved in relief work for tsunami victims or relief work anywhere in the world. She is very experienced in the fields of childcare, counselling, domestic violence to management level but does not know who to approach for info. I thought that someone on this site may be able to help. Linz.
 
Re: Tsunami Relief Work? by perfectbitch on 1 August 2005 2:26pm
 
Anybody? Any organisations that may help?
 
Re: Tsunami Relief Work? by salty underpants on 1 August 2005 3:50pm
 
Why not try the Red Cross?
 
Re: Tsunami Relief Work? by orit on 2 August 2005 7:17am
 
Maybe this site can help: http://www.volunteermatch.org/volunteers/
 
Re: Tsunami Relief Work? by keys on 3 August 2005 11:15pm
 
hey! you've come to the right place, i'm actually leaving this weekend to do some tsunami relief work. here's a bunch of questions to help her decide:

1. does she have a preference of which country? i know there are quite a few organizations in Sri Lanka (where I'm going) and Thailand.

2. how long is she willing to commit? this is a really important factor. myself, i'm only going for two weeks because of school and work but some people sign up for 6months or even a year.

3. does she want to work with the government, NGO or a non-profit organization or one that profits? with an NGO, she can search for organizations that have a focus on childcare (i.e. WorldVision) or counselling (but I've heard many NGOs of this type are religious-based, it's important to find out their actual agenda)
- 'profit organizations' are organizations like Global Crossroad, i to i, where you pay a program fee and essentially, you get coordinators and stuff and they figure out your placement
- if your friend is experienced enough travel-wise, she can directly contact an NGO. pro: avoid program fee con: she'll have to figure out where to live, etc etc and get a good insurance plan to cover the bases

Although most ppl immediately think of the Red Cross, they are very stringent when it comes to sending people overseas. The criteria is very high and the competition to get into their program of international volunteers is supposed to be really tough because they really want experienced people who can stay for relatively longer-term projcts.

Another thing when it comes to organizations, would your friend prefer something based more on whichever geographical area you're in (i.e. I know Global Crossroad covers US, Canada and UK but most of its volunteers are from the states since its main office is in LA) or more international? it really comes down to individual preference.

and most of all, be prepared to do lots of homework (with placement, vaccinations, updates)
 
Re: Tsunami Relief Work? by perfectbitch on 6 August 2005 4:23pm
 
Thanks for the info and advice. I have passed it on
 



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