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How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas Paperback – December 31, 2001
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First, volunteering isn't free. Most volunteer placement organizations require substantial fees (usually $1,000 plus) to arrange for your food, accommodation, and provide basic training.
Second, altruism, when applied to international development, isn't always helpful. There's a beautiful example of this in Chapter 3. You imagine that three volunteer groups from around the world come to Washington DC to help the city develop and get past its problems of violence and poverty. The first group is from Zambia- they identify the problem as a shortage of churches, and lack of respect for elders. The second group is from the Amazon- they propose knocking down skyscrapers to add more green space. The third group is a Rastafarian youth organization- they criticize the focus on power and money, and help DC by training politicians to grow ganja.
Similarly, the best intentions of American volunteers aren't always welcomed or even potentially helpful abroad unless they are developed in the context of the host culture.
From this point, the book describes the practical logistics of volunteering abroad- from fundraising to support your trip, learning about your host country, preparing for your travel, and ultimately being an effective volunteer.
The bulk of the book focuses on organizational profiles of volunteer organizations. These are extraordinarily helpful as critical analyses of many such organizations, and should help you navigate through the bewildering maze of opportunities.Read more ›
PS: Model United Nations program advisors will want to have a copy ready to hand, available for their students. I am going to check into having Dr. Collins come to my university as a guest lecturer.
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When your thinking about volunteering overseas there are a lot of books, web sites, and opinions to sort through. Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by Ella Taylor
I got this book before I went on a trip with Habitat for Humanity. I'm glad I did. If you are considering volunteering overseas, please buy this book. Read morePublished on November 3, 2008 by Mike Webber
Very objective. The book helps to drop some myths and show you the real true behind poor countries and why volunteering by itself is unable to change this reality.Published on March 25, 2008 by Clessio C. Mendes
I am a former PC volunteer (RPCV) so my review may be considered jaded but the overview of the PC I found to be detailed and full of useful information but with many negative... Read morePublished on July 22, 2007 by J. J. Corona
There are so many volunteer opportunities available that I really didn't know where to start my search. This book is a terrific resource. Read morePublished on March 14, 2007 by Kat
This guide is very informative, but I was hoping it give me a better idea of what it's like to volunteer overseas, and how I could get involved. Read morePublished on December 14, 2006 by Nikita706
A great reference for those thinking of volunteering overseas. Gives good profiles of each organization, including those geared towards high school students to retirees. Read morePublished on October 2, 2005 by Madeline06
I would like to say to anyone looking into volunteering overseas, this book is a Must Have! But as with any major decision- and as the book itself suggests- research, research,... Read morePublished on March 7, 2005 by K. Romano
If you are interested in giving something back overseas, this book is for you. This is a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to the issues, logistics and options for pursuing an... Read morePublished on March 5, 2005 by Urban Nature Boy