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We liked this blog by Richard Brownsdon, former Openmind Projects volunteer and winner of the Little Big Project on seven ways to be a terrible volunteer abroad. In return, here are our seven tips for being a great one! 1. Make the most of your skills You have a range of volunteer projects abroad to choose from, and it makes sense to go for one that makes the most of your skills and experience. Not only will it be more satisfying for you, but you'll be a much more effective and useful volunteer. 2. Research and prepare There are many volunteer agencies, so do your research and find the project that's right for you. Make sure you...
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It's soon season's greetings time! Why not go volunteering? Many of us long to get a break, away from the stress, so why not go volunteering? We noticed your interest in volunteering with Openmind Projects! Many thanks. With our Training Center in Thailand by the Mekong River in the middle of Indochina and supporting some 70 projects in Asia, we could find the right holiday project for you!Volunteer in December and/or January and we'll give you an extra 75 Euros discount! Just email us, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or book online before the end of September and tell us what you would like to do. Some projects will be busy by that time, so first email, first serve! Some amazing...
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I was fortunate enough to volunteer with Openmind Projects in Nong Khai for a total of five months and really enjoyed it. Coming from a sheltered New Zealand up-bringing initially meant the Thai culture and environment was challenging to grasp. However, the longer I stayed the more I learnt. Here are some key elements I adopted which contributed to a very memorable and rewarding experience.   Be adaptable. I found this crucial. The Thai culture is immensely different to what I am use to. The more I adapted to this, the more effective I was able to socialise and teach. Keep calm Its hot and things do not always go to plan. Misunderstandings are frequent. Keeping...
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