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Posted November 23rd, 2012 - 12:39 pm by from Budva, Montenegro (Permalink)

Does anyone know where can I find some volunteer work in Tibet with free accommodation and food?

Posted November 26th, 2012 - 5:26 am from Guangzhou, China
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Posted November 26th, 2012 - 5:50 am by from Nanjing, China (Permalink)
There are youth hostels asking for volunteers to work for at least 2 months. No payment, but offering room to live in and food. And you will have free time to go out.

Posted December 3rd, 2012 - 2:16 am by from Chengdu, China (Permalink)
Hi there Nikoleta,

Talking with the staff in our office, doing volunteer work in Tibet for foreigners is "impossible".

Many of the NGO's that had been foreign run are not running any longer and there is the required travel documents that include a visa and Tibet Travel Permit.

I would offer a very cautious warning about volunteering in a hostel, as they maybe considered 'work' and is not permitted on a tourist visa.

I would suggest you look at what you hope to accomplish or motivations? I know when I lived and traveled in west Africa, I had many rewarding experiences that where not a formal interaction as structured volunteering.

I believe it is also possible to make a donation either cash or gifts to agencies in Tibet. One of my Tibetan friends is working for a Tibetan NGO currently to help raise money.

If any of this sounds helpful please let me know and I can try to pass along more details.

Thank you and safe travels,

Posted December 9th, 2012 - 3:16 pm by from Xian, China (Permalink)
Yes,i think in tibet only exist some international youth hostel asking for some volunteers working there n no money but a free room n food yes.But i think they only wanna some chinese.

Posted December 10th, 2012 - 5:35 am by from Matejov, Czech Republic (Permalink)
Since 2008, foreigners are not allowed to work in TAR and many TA counties.

Posted December 10th, 2012 - 12:41 pm by from Belgrade, Serbia (Permalink)
Cao Nikoleta.

Videh tvoj post pa rek'o da se oglasim. Hteo bih da ti prenesem moje iskustvo i misljenje a ti vidi da li ce ti biti od neke koristi.

Sto se tice Tibeta, koliko je meni poznato vrlo je tesko izvesti pricu sa volontiranjem tamo. Imaju veoma ostru regulativu prema turistima. Ok je ukoliko zelis da posetis, skupo da, ali ako pronadjes grupu ljudi koja bi delila sa tobom troskove transporta, hrane i vodica (sto je obavezno po njihovim zakonima) onda moze put u tom kontekstu da ti bude predivan.
Prosle godine u ovo vreme volontirao sam u Nepalu i to je cilj mog pisanja tebi. Nepal ima ogroman broj NGO (ne vladinih organizacija) koje traze volontere jer im je ozbiljno potrebna pomoc u ruralnim delovima, pogotovo u zapadnom delu Nepala. Ja sam imao besplatan smestaj i hranu. Hranu mozes i da platis, sto nije losa ideja, da pruzis lokalnom selu malo finansija dok je to za tebe sica. Videces i sama. Nije ni nalik cenama kao u turisticki posecenim delovima Indije i Nepala. Veoma skromni i velikodisni ljudi. Kako bi se osecala prijatnije, s'obzirom da si zensko, nije lose naci jos nekoga ko je zainteresovan za volotiranje pa da krenete zajedno. Iz sveg srca podrzavam tvoju zelju :) Iskustvo ne moze da se preprica. Divna priroda i divni ljudi. Ako imas neka pitanja, slobodno baci poruku. Bogato putovanje ti zelim :)

Posted December 11th, 2012 - 1:09 pm by from Kathmandu, Nepal (Permalink)
hey all tracveler wish u all get what u interest on your life but this is diffirent methot about vuleentering in tibet mean,,china under the rull ,,so most the u need very good frens or need family otherwise it can't possible sort of exiting in tibet ,,that is china policy so ,es poeple are so good chinese or tibetans but, policy is matter moment,,and problem,,take care all of yo

Posted December 17th, 2012 - 8:24 am by from Mumbai, India (Permalink)
You must be joking....Tibet has been taken over by the Chinese and nothing can be done without the OK of the Chinese govt. Firstly your problem will be to get a visa....a big problem if you do get one , you cannot go anywhere without a chinese guide...And there are no NGO s or Childrens Homes or anything else where you can volunteer. I presume you are thinking of giving your time and expertise to help the needy. China says there is no such thing as poverty or :needy" in its country...Someone suggested Hostels..dont believe this...its just will suck you into free labour for the hostel....

Posted December 17th, 2012 - 11:23 am by from Matejov, Czech Republic (Permalink)
@Katie Bhathena: very well said!

Posted December 17th, 2012 - 12:40 pm by from Budva, Montenegro (Permalink)
I had in mind something else apart hostels. Thank you all for sugestions, I hope that I will bew able to be there for couple of days like tourist.
I wish you a great life!