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Product Details

  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Dog's Eye View Media (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982549482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982549483
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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

About the Author

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

Very tired

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.


More About the Author

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

A returning college student now studying Journalism and Mass Communication

Very tired


Outside of a nutshell, Nola Lee 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 office, 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.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Volunteering is a key way to many great experiences in life. "700 Places to Volunteer Before You Die: A Traveler's Guide" is a volunteer's tour guide about great places around the world where you can volunteer and get a truly unique experience from the world. With tips from volunteers, countless places to go, what you can do, and making the world a better place by seeing it. "700 Places to Volunteer Before You Die" is a fine and solidly recommended pick for any voluntary traveler.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr Bon on August 5, 2012
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A thorough overview of countries and NGOs involved in volunteer tourism - but not very helpful overall in terms of providing details regarding the types of volunteer tasks done. No "testimonials" from participants in programs, which lend color and realistic detail for the reader who might be searching for a particular kind of volunteer work. And the offerings provided very little information about age limits (at the low or high end), amount of hours spent in doing the work daily, etc. Unlike Sierra Club, most of the NGOs described involved quite a bit of expense on the part of the volunteer.
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This book has a lot of great places to volunteer and include a number of different places around the world. If you're interested in volunteering then this book is a great place to start.
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