Volunteer Abroad Articles

Though “paid volunteering” might seem like an oxymoron, offering up your time and expertise for a few weeks or months abroad doesn’t have to amount to a huge financial sacrifice on your part. It might be better to frame the concept as "compensated volunteering" -- while you might...
Guide Contents Choosing Programs, Destinations, and Dates What can I do as a volunteer? For how long should I volunteer abroad? Where should I volunteer? How do I find a volunteer program? What should I be looking for? What are some good programs for families / students / older...
Having only officially re-opened its doors to tourism in 2010, Burma is one of the most untouched countries in Asia today. Whether you are venturing there as a teacher, volunteer, or backpacker, this country will both charm and challenge you while providing some of the most...
From providing sanctuary for injured animals in Ecuador to delivering aid to refugees in Thailand to building homes for the homeless in Ireland, global-minded citizens have found that volunteering abroad is a popular way to give back while traveling. Studies show that from a...
Have you heard of service learning? In an era when it seems like everyone has a college degree and no amount of internships is enough, many see it as a great example of experiential education, and a valuable step on the road to a successful career. But is it really all that...
Last week I strolled into the garden Orti Dipinti and found Giacomo in the shed, as usual. He was pulling out brooms, shovels, and a few new basil plants. He looked up and smiled his big, friendly, Florentine smile. “ Ciao bellissima! Come stai !?” He asked as he dropped his...
Jon and I sat, coffee cups in hand, in front of my computer on our porch in San Francisco, as we talked over Skype with our program coordinator, Megan, at Greenheart Travel . Though we were still a world away from our volunteer placement working with wild elephant conservation in...
The idea of voluntourism has been celebrated and mocked, praised and challenged. From the NY Times to satirical videos , the terms 'voluntourist' and 'voluntourism' are more widely used than ever. People are also starting to accept "voluntourism" as more than just a playful term....
In the first section of our series on voluntourism, we looked at the ethics of voluntourism. In this section, we'll shift our attention to another aspect of the industry: money. Specifically, what is the economic impact of voluntourism? Where is the money going? And how could we...
Volunteer travel has increased in popularity drastically over the past few decades. Though it's wonderful that so many people want to help abroad, this type of travel has opened up some pretty sticky questions around ethics. How and where does volunteering -- a typically...