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Q: Who has been a victim of a volunteering scam here in China or elsewhere?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2418074/Fake-orphanages-Bogus-animal-sanctuaries-And-crooks-growing-rich-Western-gullibility--gooding-gap-year-holidays-horrifyingly-callous-con.html

 

Personally, I haven't been a victim of volunteering scams, but I have heard of people who have been both here and in Thailand.  Thailand more so, to be truthful.

 

Whenever I see such adverts, even through TEFL  providers, I have thought about them but stayed clear.

 

If I am to volunteer, I will do it in my own country, or at least make sure that expenses are paid and that i am not to need much money whilst doing it.

 

 

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Silva and Mattaya both volunteered and didn't get their free T-shirts.

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Some of these 'volunteer' programmes are ridiculously expensive. I was looking at one that was helping and rehabilitating Vervet monkeys in Africa. They wanted £7000 from each 'volunteer' not including however much plane tickets were. I would of loved to of done that, but not for that kind of money!!

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Spot on mate, these things are nothing but scams.

 

I was aquainted one of the organisers before- he was rolling in dosh and creaming it at both ends.

 

Each new group of 'volunteers' would be charged a small fortune to work in a school for a month or so. At the same time he had the nerve to charge the school a small fee. The school was happy to pay him as it meant they had English teachers for a reduced price.

 

The volunteers were given a 'real experience' and slept in what can be described as a group hovel or shack and fed 'local food' the cheapest meats with white rice. 

 

The organiser boasted about how gullible the people were-usually gap year yah-yahs. I estimate he must have pocketed around 90% of the cash.

 

A sad state of affairs for all involved. 

 

 

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