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Interested in voluntourism? Check out these resources.

Reference Books

  • Travel with Purpose: A Field Guide to Voluntourism
    By Jeff Blumenfeld
    A veteran volunteer shares everything you need to know about voluntourism, from its upsides to its downsides to how to find the right project.
  • 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.

Web Sites

  • GoAbroad
    Lists over 27,000 opportunities for volunteer programs, study abroad programs, intern programs, eco/adventure travel opportunities, and more
    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
    Great resources, recommendations, and fundraising options for volunteering, interning, and teaching abroad
    Includes info on planning a trip and a list of interesting organizations



Here are the six organizations that I volunteered with: