Volunteer Abroad Articles

  • What Does Your Host Family Think About Hosting?
    By Lauren Salisbury on 02/02/2016
    From cultural immersion to saving money to the irreplaceable feeling of having a home away from home, many study abroad students find that homestays are their best choice for accommodations abroad. On homestays, instead of living in student apartments or dormitories, visiting students reside...
  • What it's like to volunteer in Vietnam
    By Jessie Beck on 01/19/2016
    Disclaimer: Mallory's trip was taken as part of Go Overseas' paid paid vacation policy and made possible through collaboration with IVHQ -- but that doesn't make her experience any less genuine. All opinions, photos, and silly references are Mallory's own. As advocates for spending meaningful...
  • 9 People Who Will Inspire You to Volunteer Abroad This Year
    By Elaina Giolando on 01/14/2016
    There's no question that volunteering abroad is a huge leap into the unknown. But we're all human, and sometimes we want to look before we leap. Having some idea of what it's like on the other side can help motivate us to take that final plunge and hop on a plane bound for the other side of the...
  • Volunteering in Madagascar
    By Sarah Palmer on 12/03/2015
    Originally published May 25th, 2011. Updated version includes excerpts from Jessie Beck. I interned at Peace Corps headquarters throughout college, and over four years, was taught a good amount about what volunteers do and why they join. I also learned some common reasons why people forego...
  • Volunteering with refugees
    By Delia Harrington on 11/12/2015
    Photos of two deceased refugee children earlier this year have triggered a worldwide response to a global refugee crisis that is the largest since World War II. With almost 60 million people in need of help, it's no surprise that communities around the world have shown interest in helping with...
  • Teach in Peru
    By Natalie Southwick on 10/22/2015
    While many people choose to spend time volunteering in Central or South America in part to put their language skills to the test, you may not have hit a level of Spanish or Portuguese yet to qualify for certain volunteer projects. Though, realistically, not knowing the local language fluently may...
  • volunteer opportunities in east africa: choosing between tanzania or kenya
    By Jessie Beck on 09/16/2015
    Originally published May, 29th 2013. If you already know that you want to volunteer in East Africa, it's likely that you're trying to decide between volunteering in Kenya and Tanzania. How do you choose? Though each distinct in their own way, these two neighbors are pretty similar destinations...
  • Annapurna
    By Jessie Beck on 08/10/2015
    The Himalayan massif Annapurna is a familiar sight to Brad Hurvitz, founder of the non-profit Trek to Teach, which places teachers in rural villages in Nepal. However, when he arrived at the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC for short) in the spring of 2015, what he saw was far from familiar. As a...
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  • Finding volunteer placements while abroad
    By Natalie Southwick on 07/20/2015
    You've already sorted out the flights, visa requirements, housing and figured out how to take the bus across town -- you're rocking this living or traveling abroad thing! If you're studying or interning abroad, doing a gap year or even just traveling, you may find yourself with some extra time...
  • Volunteering Abroad
    By Natalie Southwick on 07/10/2015
    In a world where governments are listening to our Skype conversations and people share ultrasound photos of their four-month-old fetus on social media, sometimes it seems like information is a little too accessible. Yet when it comes to important topics, like where exactly your program fee for...