Offers resources and advice from a slate of voluntourism professionals about prioritizing your goals and finding fulfilling work. With indexes listing projects by type, area, and volunteer qualifications (age limits, skill sets, or interest), any potential traveler can zero in on a program that’s sure to offer the opportunity of a lifetime.” Women’s Adventure Magazine
In a nutshell, Nola Lee Kelsey is:
The author of ten books, most with a focus on philanthropic travel
The contributing author to enough titles that she has lost count
The Supply Chain Columnist for The VolunTourist
The Voluntary Traveler Columnist for The Epoch Times
A freelance journalist
Outside of a nutshell, Nola Lee Kelsey is:
Just a gal trying to find a way to make a living at what she loves to do.
Beyond that, Kelsey is a zoologist, serial volunteer and disturbingly obsessed with traveling the world. As a bonus, she becomes utterly nauseous at the notion of being a time-clock punching employee housed inside a cubical. This delightful combination of personality quirks left her two options in life. She could be unemployed and broke or be a writer and broke. Kelsey opted for the latter.
With little money to travel on for now, Kelsey has channeled her infrequent flyer frustrations into a worthy outlet. From her home in Chiang Mai, Thailand she has cultivated the fine art of collecting massive quantities of data and beating it mercilessly into book form, bringing her personal obsessions to the world. Her books and articles on volunteer travel are the children of this singular focus.
It is Kelsey's express hope to inspire other travelers to discover the joy of volunteering as an intelligent option for seeing the world. She believes travel must have a purpose in order to be truly fulfilling. In addition, one of her biggest thrills in life now comes from providing the opportunity for small NGOs/non-profits around the globe to showcase their volunteer needs alongside the larger programs. Only in this way can she truly help to connect the right traveler to the right volunteer opportunity and in some small way be of even more service herself.
All this interviewing of volunteer project hosts along with researching, collecting, molding and refining data - over and over again - has resulted in making Nola Lee Kelsey a leading expert on the diverse world of volunteer programs available.