Author Topic: Volunteer work around Granada  (Read 2924 times)

Kilgore Trout

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Volunteer work around Granada
« on: March 22, 2015, 09:05:31 AM »
I have seen that there are many places on http://workway.info and http://helpx.net offering volunteering jobs around Granada.

Does anyone have any experience about this type of volunteering? I fancy having some new experiences without spending a lot of money could this be an interesting thing to do?

Traveling by staying in hostals, going out every night to get drunk in the company of fellow guests at the hostal becomes tedious very quickly and I am looking for something more interesting.

granadagirl

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Re: Volunteer work around Granada
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2015, 09:07:38 AM »
I have spoken to lots of people who have done this type of volunteer work all around the world and in other places around Granada. http://workway.info and http://helpx.net offer a really good way of having interesting experiences without spending much or any money but it is not for everyone.

There are a very wide range of possibilities. On the one hand some places are commercial companies using volunteers as cheap labour in a cynical exploitation where they really ought to be paying people to the other extreme where the volunteers are pampered, given gourmet food and treated like welcome guests. Don't get me wrong, I am not dividing them up into goodies and baddies. I have spoken to people have had a wonderful time being cynically exploited, for example, working in a backpacker's hostal  in a city centre or working in a large group on a farm where there is a good social life.

The moment people hear about workaway they immediately realise that they can get work done for free. This can atract the wrong people. The worst form of exploitation I have heard about is probably childcare, the minimum form of renumeration for childcare is aupairing where the childcarer is guaranteed at least a separate bedroom from the child and some time off. There are plenty of workaway hosts looking for gullible suckers to look after their children for free where it is necesary to share a bedroom with the child. 

One thing to be aware of is that if you are doing volunteer work you have to take responibility for your own safety. Make sure that all ladders are in good condition, you wear safety glasses and don't take any risks with machinery. Many people don't know that concrete is very corrosive and if any gets into you boots it can cause seriuos burns.

A volunteering experience should be about a symbiosis between the host and the volunteer with both sides beleiving that they are getting a good deal.  Many of the volunteer hosts in the Granada area involved in some sort of alternative lifestyle and you will often hear words such as permaculture, gardening, yoga, vegetarian, alternative building methods, spiritual, house renovation, solar power etc. There are also a lot of places offering accommodation such as bed and breakfasts who need help with the chores.   

All of the websites showing host information show feedback left by previous workers so bad places will quickly be rooted out. If you are thinking of doing volunteer work this is the advice I would give. Read the information very thoroughly. Make sure that if you are a facebook junkie that the host has a good internet connection. If you don't like being in the middle of nowhere choose a place near a town. Be very honest when you write your profile. Make sure you understand exactly how many hours per day and how many days per week you are expected to work and if you don't agree don't go there. Ask what you need to bring. If you are lazy and hate working don't volunteer as a worker. 

Good Luck