Volunteer Work in Kanchanaburi with Safari Volunteers
TweetBottle feeding leopard cubs and taking a playful lion for a walk were just some of the many highlights to our two days near Kanchanaburi with the Safari Park Volunteer Initiative.
The Volunteer Initiative
The genesis of the Safari Volunteers initiative was formed when Tat and Ned first visited the Safari Park as tourists. Unhappy with some of the conditions and practices at the park they badgered the owners into allowing them to set up a volunteer programme to help bring improvements.
An Evening with the Colonel
TweetThe Colonel leaned back against the sofa and orchestrated conversation around the large living room. During his thirty years of service in Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army this man had within my lifetime twice been the enemy of my country. But sat in his house sipping tea served by one of his sons it was difficult not to see anything other than a courteous and respected man happy to have retired to his beloved Kurdistan.
Paid and Volunteer Work Abroad
TweetA compilation of all our jobs abroad and volunteer work articles, plus links to useful information on our other sites
Though our sites are dedicated to helping those who otherwise couldn’t afford to travel widely by providing information on finding jobs abroad and volunteer work, we consider The Working Traveller to be as much a travel site and centred on the reason we are looking to work overseas in the first place. Take away the desire to explore Europe or experience daily life in Chiang Mai, Cusco or Cape Town and we might as well stay at home where wages are generally higher and jobs more secure.
WorldWideWorker: Katie Wilter, Superyacht Stewardess
TweetRhodes graduate Katie Wilter is a graphic designer and social media enthusiast with itchy feet. Now a super yacht stewardess she is seeing the world from a porthole and blogging about it. When we spoke to Katie she was heading along the east coast of the USA from Nova Scotia back down to Florida.
What experience or qualifications do you have for this position?
You need to do a one week STCW 95 course which includes Fire Fighting, Sea Rescue and First Aid. You also need an ENG 1 Medical to state that you are fit and healthy. There are also other courses that you can do such as a Stewardess course, Power Boat 2 course but they are expensive and not essential if you have some prior service experience.
Istanbul: A Tale of Two City Experiences
TweetOur guidebook warned us about Tanya*. She worked in a club just off Taksim. The sort of place where, according to the Dangers and Annoyances section of our guidebook, the following might happen:
One of the most popular scams targeted at single men is the nightclub shake-down. You’re strolling along Istiklal Caddesi in the evening and a well-dressed man or couple of men approach and start to chat. They offer to buy you a drink in a nearby club. You’re given a seat next to some girls… when the bill arrives lo and behold the girls’ outrageously expensive drinks appear on it.
TweetYou’re armed to the teeth with the biggest water gun you could find and ready for some watery mayhem but want to make the most of what might be a once in life time experience. The great thing about Songkran is it is for everyone: young and old, male or female, Thai or tourist, everyone has a laugh and enjoys themselves. Here is our guide to the polite mayhem Thais call Songkran.
TweetWe have written about volunteering in cave hotels already after we stayed in one in Turkey a few years ago. The owner told of his need for volunteer staff and one of our readers later applied for the position and sent us a report of his experience volunteering in Cappadocia.
While browsing through the excellent Workaway site we expected to come across several more in Turkey but instead were surprised to find that the current cave house and hotel work exchange hotspot is Spain.
TweetFor myself and most other farang Songkran is about running around town assaulting old women and children – and everyone in between – with the biggest water gun money can buy.
The festival is a celebration of the beginning of a new year in Thailand and while there is a religious and cultural dimension to the festivities for the purposes of this post I’m pretty much going to be focusing on running around town assaulting old women and children – and everyone in between – with the biggest water gun money can buy.