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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426204590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426204593
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pam Grout is the author of 14 books, including The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life and The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life.

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Pam Grout is a hopeless romantic who still believes the world is a beautiful place, that people are noble and that anything is possible.

For a living (and she always wonders why people think that's such an important question), she writes books and articles for such magazines as People, Cooking Light and Travel & Leisure. She also enjoys writing bedtime stories for her daughter, but that's more about making a life than a living. She's keenly aware there's a huge difference.

In making a life, she has traveled to all the world's continents, learned 59 ways to make a fort out of sofa cushions, perfected a mean tennis forehand and volunteered at a women's prison and free health clinic.

She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her daughter, Tasman. Check out her sometimes updated website at www.pamgrout.com

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Helen Gallagher on June 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
This 2009 publication from National Geographic is a road-worthy compact paperback, bursting with ideas that will get you moving.

You could collect butterflies in the Amazon, assist Europe's marginalized gypsies, teach music in Ghana, or work in an Argentinean soup kitchen. All these idea and more are made very accessible with the author's attention to detail, good write-ups and helpful references.

There are opportunities close to home and at the far ends of the earth to volunteer and help people while you learn new skills, whether you want to survey biodiversity of coral reefs in the Philippines, or get an elephant driver's license in Mahout. (My favorite idea!) "The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations" has got you covered, for adventure in North America, Europe, the Mideast, Africa, Asia and Australia.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Heather LaRee VINE VOICE on June 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
What a cool book! Easy to read, great links and tips along with giving travel a greater purpose than being served mai tais on a beach (which sounds lovely but...) Several volunteer-vacations in the US from blazing trails to protecting sea turtles in Georgia. Pam Grout includes the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Middle East with wonderful and meaningful vacations. I felt inspired and happy reading this book and loved "traveling" and imagining myself on the tiny Greek island of Aegina or working (and learning) on organic farms across Italy! Wonderfully written and a pleasure to read and learn. Nicely done, Pam Grout!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on November 21, 2009
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This book definitely did not live up to the national geographic standard. Even though it suggests that since they are volunteer projects (so assume airfare and board) there are also other fees that make some of the more interesting projects super expensive. Also, most of the listed websites in it are down or unexistent [anymore]. i give it 3 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jon traylen on September 7, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life is an extremely helpful book.

As a conservation charity - our project [...] is described by Pam Grout and this has led to some excellent interactions. From this book, we've had several volunteers of high caliber choose to visit and help New Zealand rainforest and to particiapte in the eco-tours that we intregrate with our conservation work.

This book is an accurate and valuable resource in bringing together people looking to do good, and as a volunteer organisation we fully endorse this book and similar publications that cut through the green-wash of modern 'voluntourism' and get down to the nuts and bolts of taking practical, and meaningful action.
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