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I got offered a place on this volunteering scheme in Kenya for 6 weeks. The issue is that it will cost around £2750 in total including flights, injections, malaria tablets etc. And I only have around £3000 in savings and still go to University so need the money.

Positives
- I would have something to put on my CV although not that relevant to my future career direction.
- I would hopefully grow as a person and develop my social skills.
- I would go to Africa, a place I am unlikely to go otherwise.

Negatives
- It costs a lot of money and also means I lose the income of a summer job for 6 weeks.
- It will be very hot and humid and I might get ill from the insects and parasites.

What do you think?
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Yes, absolutely, you should go, buy the ticket! Unless you don't have time or the possibility of making more money again before going to uni.
 

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It doesn't really make sense to spend £2750 to go and work a job that doesn't pay you anything back moneywise.
Unless you have some guaranteed way of making money again in the UK when you get back, then the experience might be worth of pissing most of your current savings to.

Though of course it all depends on if you actually need to support yourself in the UK, or if you still live with your parents.
 

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That is a lot of money to go away for 6 weeks!

Maybe look at a workaway type trip - You'll still have to pay for the flights but the cost of accomodation/food is free. I just did 3 weeks in oman - the cost per week was less than 100 quid.

For comparison you could do a 6 week work-away in morocco for less than 500 quid, still Africa, still experience - but leaves you a good chunk of cash in the savings account.

Ignoring the cost - it's a good way of changing your surroundings/mindset but do be prepared for the "lows" - being thousands of miles away and getting hit by depression can be difficult.

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I'd suggest looking out for similar volunteering opportunities, like on these sites below, you might find something cheaper or something similar that you can do at a more convenient time when you're in a better financial spot...

http://www.frontier.ac.uk/
http://www.travellersworldwide.com/
http://www.unaexchange.org/
http://www.awf-volunteeringabroad.org/

I took note of these volunteer sites while I was in Uni. I know several other sites specifically for conservation work but not sure what sort of volunteer work you're looking for.
 

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I don't think it's a financially wise decision. But maybe you'll be able to get a job afterwards to pay for university, idk.

Haz fun. :p
 

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How can someone invite you somewhere and tell you to pay for it? I always thought that those volunteer people paid your way. In that case, don't go.

Also if a country's climate bothers you that much, you're not built for volunteer work. The point is to put your needs aside for others. If you can't go somewhere because it's too hot or too cold then just forget doing volunteer work.
 
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