Get Help, Give Help
Interested in voluntourism? Check out these resources.
- Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others
By Bill McMillon, Doug Cutchins, and Anne Geissinger
Now in its 11th edition, this guidebook profiles over 150 organizations.
- The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations to Enrich Your Life
By Pam Grout
Instead of organizations, this one focuses on projects and destinations.
- Volunteer Vacations Across America
By Sheryl Kayne
Features over 200 volunteer opportunities in the United States.
- Your Guide to Volunteer Travel
By Sarah Palmer
This e-book helps you choose a volunteer program and includes a directory.
- Frommer’s and Lonely Planet also offer books on volunteer travel.
Includes info on planning a trip and a list of interesting organizations
Serves as a clearinghouse for resources on meaningful travel, from volunteering to teaching to internships
Lets you search for volunteer trips using a variety of criteria, including not just destinations but cost, fitness level, age, and religious affiliation
Lists over 27,000 opportunities for volunteer programs, study abroad programs, intern programs, eco/adventure travel opportunities, and more
Features a directory of voluntourism orgs
- Here’s my nine-step plan for choosing a volunteer organization (which you’ll find in The Voluntourist)
- The Wall Street Journal has offered its picks for volunteer travel
- Want to plan a volunteer trip on your own? Check out this article: www.voluntourism.org
- Here’s one couple’s do-it-yourself approach to voluntourism from Third Sector
- These two articles explore some of the downsides of voluntourism: “Orphanage tourism: help-or-hindrance” and “Before you pay to volunteer abroad, think of the harm you might do”
Here are the six organizations that I volunteered with: