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Any volunteer work in Cuba?

 
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tmac-100



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:24 pm    Post subject: Any volunteer work in Cuba? Reply with quote

I see volunteer work advertised in Cuba where the costs to volunteer (aka give MY ESL teaching skills) are over $1200 USD for 3 weeks in shared accommodation.

Obviously a for-profit business is advertising this. Any less costly volunteer situations? For example, in Havana an apt for 3 costs at most $800/month.

The volunteer situations I am familiar with do not cost much and maintenance costs (food/lodging) are real 3rd world costs.
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water rat



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds like you know more about your topic than any one. Please tell us more.
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esl_prof



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look for an organization that will allow you to do a homestay. Your best bet would be to do a Google search for non-profit NGOs or church-related organizations that offer volunteer opportunities in Cuba. The number of such organizations based in Europe and Canada will be far greater than in the U.S. since U.S. Treasury Department rules, until recently, have made it difficult for U.S.-based organizations to operate in Cuba.
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tmac-100



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

water rat wrote:
It sounds like you know more about your topic than any one. Please tell us more.


As for "water rat", if I knew so much I would not be here. You must note that I was asking for information, NOT offering any. Sheesh Rolling Eyes

As for esl_prof... THANK YOU for the advice. Yes, I have already started that with NGOs/Church groups outside the USA - simply because of their history in working with Cuban people. Idea
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fat_chris



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never pay to "volunteer".

Just my two cents.

Warm regards,
fat_chris
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esl_prof



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tmac-100 wrote:
As for esl_prof... THANK YOU for the advice. Yes, I have already started that with NGOs/Church groups outside the USA - simply because of their history in working with Cuban people. Idea


If you're a U.S. or Canadian citizen, send me a PM and I can give you the names of a couple of church groups that have connections in Cuba.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You teach them
They pay you

That is the way it woks

You ever see guys driving buses for free ?
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nowadays there just aren't enough paying TEFL jobs for EFL teachers in the Caribbean....even a monthly stipend or allowance is hard to come by these days....so it seems most TEFLers are happy to volunteer if they wish to teach there....especially in Cuba Shocked Shocked
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