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Volunteering Abroad

Finding Our Humanity in the Refugee Crisis: A Call to Action

Suzie Abdou | Posted 06.04.2016 | Impact
Suzie Abdou

This critical issue is not one of race, nationality, religion or politics but of humanity. It is a call to step out of our comfort zones, to look past our first world problems and to use our first world privilege to serve our fellow brothers and sisters.

Want to Volunteer in Thailand? Make a Difference With These Flexible Options

Courtney Lambert | Posted 05.12.2016 | Impact
Courtney Lambert

Thailand is bursting at the seams with golden volunteer opportunities. After all, who wouldn't want to donate their time to a worthy cause while enjoying the cultural goodness and stunning nature in the land of smiles?

Five Fun Ways To Immerse Your Children In A Foreign Country

Suzanne Rutledge | Posted 03.21.2016 | Parents
Suzanne Rutledge

Traveling out of the country with children can be fraught with concern, not just over logistics and jet lag, but wondering whether they’ll enjoy and...

The Adventure Volunteer Trip That Changed My Life At Age 50

Tam Warner Minton | Posted 09.21.2015 | Fifty
Tam Warner Minton

Did it sound crazy, absolutely nuts, to pick up and head off to Africa for six weeks alone, to live in an unpopulated area where there were no doctors? Probably. But I did it anyway.

'Voluntourism' Can't Solve Big Problems. That's Where 'Experteers' Come In

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact

Mark Horoszowski and Derk Norde believe the world needs more skilled people solving real problems -- not tourists hoping to give back during their nex...

Good Intentions Aren't Enough: Advice for Voluntourists

Nourish International | Posted 04.24.2015 | Impact
Nourish International

Illustration by Josh McDonald In 1968, while speaking to a conference on international student projects, Ivan Illich told those in attendance "the ex...

What To Do If You're Thinking About Volunteering Abroad

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.10.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Before you decide to travel abroad to volunteer, there are some things you should think about to make the trip as meaningful as possible. Haley No...

10 Ways to Fundraise for Your Volunteer Travel That Actually Work

Sucheta Rawal | Posted 10.05.2014 | Travel
Sucheta Rawal

You want to travel abroad, learn about a different culture and make a difference. You have only two weeks of vacation time and very little savings. Do you: (a) not take the trip, or (b) defer the trip to when your financial condition improves? The answer is (c): Fundraise!

12 Jobs You Can Do Anywhere in the World

Amanda Walkins | Posted 09.15.2014 | Travel
Amanda Walkins

The traditional 9-5 office job isn't your only option. Sure, it works for plenty of people. But if you are not in that group of plenty, fear not. Your options are endless! Here are just a few of the amazing alternatives to the traditional cubicle life that you can take with you anywhere in the world.

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Joining the Peace Corps

Jessie Beck | Posted 08.19.2014 | Travel
Jessie Beck

Here are 10 things we all wish we had known before getting ourselves into this crazy but wonderful adventure we call the Peace Corps.

5 Simple Ways To Give Back While Traveling

Posted 11.09.2013 | Travel

We’d all love to go on a volunteer vacation, learn about the local culture and perhaps save the world. With the average American getting a total of ...

The Exceptional Traveler: Travel and Volunteer

Bonnie Kassel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Bonnie Kassel

Depending upon what you enjoy doing, you can combine travel and volunteering in virtually any part of the world. Here's one suggestion for people who like to drive, take beautiful walks, be dazzled by nature and world-class views, relish peace and quiet, and seriously love animals.

Is a Volunteer Vacation Right for Your Family?

Amy Whitley | Posted 11.26.2013 | Travel
Amy Whitley

You already travel regularly with your kids. You know that family travel can be eye-opening and foster better global understanding. Are you ready for a volunteer vacation? Here's what you need to know before volunteering abroad with kids.

Ripples of Hope, COPA in Haiti

Wynn Walent | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Wynn Walent

Last weekend, a group of pilots previously united by a love of flying became a bit more united by their belief in the St. Luke's mission.

Who Will Love My Children?

Getrude Matshe | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Getrude Matshe

For most orphaned African children, angels are very real people. They experience brief encounters with them- people who come in and out of their orphanages, their squatter camps and their lives -- and for very fleeting moments they stay.

From a College Dorm to a WWF Field Office -- My Journey Into the Land of Conservation

Katie White | Posted 05.13.2013 | College
Katie White

For me, conservation is a nod of respect to those who have not been part of development decisions but whose lives will be utterly changed because of them.

Voluntourism: We Have to Stop Making This About Your Niece

Leila Chambers | Posted 09.15.2012 | Good News
Leila Chambers

Arriving in the slums of Nairobi, the summer after my first year in college, I was utterly unprepared to be standing face-to-face with absolute, abject poverty.

Voluntourism: What Could Go Wrong When Trying To Do Right?

Daniela Papi | Posted 07.17.2012 | Impact
Daniela Papi

Here are some of the common problems I have seen in the voluntourism market and some tips for travelers on how to choose the right program.

Why Nonprofits Should Bank On Inexperienced Volunteers

Conor Grennan | Posted 02.01.2012 | Impact
Conor Grennan

While giving a speech to a prep school in New York, I was asked an awesome question by a high school senior looking to volunteer in an orphanage. He w...

Nepal: Protecting Children From Abuser-Volunteers

Natalie Bailey | Posted 12.27.2011 | Impact
Natalie Bailey

While the vast majority of volunteers have the best of intentions, some do not, and child protection experts say unregulated volunteering is happening at the risk of everyone involved.

Everything Makes Sense One Year Into Peace Corps Service

Ross Szabo | Posted 12.06.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

It can be hard to hear that after one year of service things will make more sense and come together, but that sentiment has rung true for many Peace Corps volunteers.

A Semester at Sea

Adam Braun | Posted 11.23.2011 | Impact
Adam Braun

That mix of nervous anticipation and unbridled excitement reminded me of freshman orientation, but for the hundreds of students aboard the MV Explorer this semester, they are experiencing a cultural baptism by sea.

WARNING: This Message Could Save Your Own Life

Alison Thompson | Posted 10.16.2011 | Impact
Alison Thompson

This recession sucks, and with no clear end in sight, it's time for some drastic actions. Come volunteer. It could be the best adventure of your life.

Coping in the Peace Corps

Ross Szabo | Posted 10.02.2011 | Impact
Ross Szabo

The experience of moving to another country to volunteer has a way of stripping you naked, forcing you to look at yourself without as many distractions or escape routes that are present in the States.

Kenya Dispatch: Foggy Ideas

Ming Holden | Posted 07.26.2011 | World
Ming Holden

I am in Nairobi for seven weeks to do creative work with young women who are refugees. But that's all I know; of paramount importance to this work is a willingness not to define it too clearly going in.