04/06/2012 08:11 am ET Updated Jun 06, 2012

10 Volunteer Programs For Budget Travelers

Pay to volunteer? While many people assume volunteering is always free, going abroad to participate in community service projects often costs money. I realized this the first time I volunteered abroad teaching English in Thailand. After doing weeks of research, I found there are a lot of companies charging a small fortune ‒ sometimes thousands of dollars ‒ to have travelers come over and spend their time helping other communities.

(photo: Official U.S. Navy Imagery/Flickr)

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