Volunteer Abroad Articles

Voluntourism has gotten a pretty bad rap lately. Articles arguing that the industry is turning into a form of neo-colonialism or describing it as the "white tourist's burden" bounce around the web every few months. Or you’ll find stats thrown up that voluntourism is one of the...
When it comes to volunteering abroad, there are a few "brand" name providers that stand out. These large organizations (like Greenheart Travel, Rustic Pathways, and IVHQ**) all have different volunteer programs running in various countries. When you check out their sites, you'll...
The benefits of spending time abroad last long after you return home, and chances are you’ll want to continue to connect with your experience in different ways to maximize those benefits. Perhaps, you want to help others interested in your program go overseas, meet others who...
One day, we look up and we’ve been working in the same place or in the same industry for years. Friends get married, have kids -- you might even get married and have kids -- but ultimately, we take the same metro every day, occupy our same cubicle every day, and eat our same bag...
2012 Annual Volunteer Report When it comes to volunteering abroad, there is literally a world of possibilities out there. But where in the world do most volunteers want to go? And in what types of volunteer programs are they most interested? As the leading volunteer program...
Planning international travel can often seem like an overwhelming task, especially if you’re just starting out or haven’t had much opportunity to travel abroad before. Fortunately for you, there are zillions of study, volunteer, work and internship programs across the globe that...
A recent Go Overseas survey showed that 53 percent of volunteers in 2013 undertook volunteer programs because they wanted to make a difference. But what exactly does it mean to ‘make a difference'? To truly have an impact as an international volunteer ? The truth is that not all...
What does your mind conjure up when you think of ‘exotic lands’? Different, unusual, mysterious, enticing. A striking blend of natural beauty and unique culture. A place that must be experienced to be fully understood. As travel becomes less costly and foreign soil more desirable...
It’s good to know what’s wrong with the world… But it’s important to know that sometimes, no matter how wrong it is, you can’t change it. A lot of the bad stuff in the world wasn’t really that bad until someone tried to change it. Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts In 2011, I left...