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Samoa or Nepal?

over 5 years ago about Samoa

I am planning a trip with a volunteering organisation in which I work in the community and see the sites... where to- Samoa or Nepal?

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    Definitely Samoa as it is a Christian country which would not care if you wore a bikini anywhere except in the villages over 5 years ago

    Answered by Robert Louis Stevenson via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Nepal - sixth poorest country last time I looked but a wonderful people. over 5 years ago

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    Be careful about volunteering in orphanages. There is so much exploitation of 'volunteer/orphanage tourism', as this is appealing to westerners. Agencies charge huge sums of money for your right to volunteer and then, often, don't know what to do with you. Kids can be mucked around by a string of volunteers, each of whom come for a couple of weeks. Many genuine 'people services' want volunteers for 9 - 12 months. This is because children who have suffered great loss or abandonment, need continuity in their lives. I returned from Nepal very recently. There are over 500 orphanages in Kathmandu alone. Some traffic in children, by tricking poor families into surrendering their kids and their documents, promising an education, etc, which never materialises. Parents can't get their children back and they have no papers to prove that their children ever entered that institution. In the meantime, the orphanage showcases its poverty and makes money by enticing westerners to donate large sums of money for the children. The children never benefit from these donations. If you check out voluntourism or similar, online, you'll be sure to find lots written about it.
    On the other hand, volunteering to help people build a house, a community centre, a road, etc really does help. You can give your skills, labour, good-heartedness, without messing anyone around or being exploited by the agency.
    I could write more, but will leave your to do your own research.
    Kes over 5 years ago

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    Nepal!...Kes has it right. over 5 years ago

    Answered by Glenn Harris via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    The people in Nepal are so nice, and it's the poorest country I"ve ever been to. I met a woman who went there on vacation and was so captivated by the street children that she moved there and started an NGO (sorry, can't remember the name of it). over 5 years ago

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