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Mapping Your Volunteer Vacation Spiral-bound – August 20, 2009

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  • Spiral-bound: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Where is she Heading; 1 edition (August 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982128207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982128206
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,657,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Stanfield is a planner at heart. Mapping Your Volunteer Vacation is a must-have book if you are considering a volunteer vacation. A growing number of people want to give back to the community, help make the world a better place, and going on a volunteer vacation fills that need. Stanfield starts with a timeline a year in advance and gives you resources to research and explore as well as a structured process to follow as you start to formulate your trip. Even experienced volunteers and international travelers can find this book very useful by utilizing the checklists, tips and numerous detailed suggestions. Addressing such topics as caring for one's pets, paying bills, logistics, health and transportation issues, Jane Stanfield's book is a wonderful resource and acts like a personal manager. Reading about her personal experiences while traveling around the world volunteering adds to the usefulness. So come get inspired, and get ready to go!
Sara Boyd
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As a publisher I am no stranger to Jane Stanfield's work. Nonetheless my company was not a part of this project and I am thrilled to be a bystander on this one. Why? Because it lets me speak as to how wonderful her book is without any accusations of prejudice. And, that is an honor.

The consumable design of `Mapping Your Volunteer Vacation' draws you in, giving you a special, interactive excitement about your volunteer travel experience long before you ever take flight. But, it does much more. Not only does this well formatted book keep enthusiasm for your trip high from the start, the advice, lists, sections for notes and organizing you records... all ensure you plan your trip right from the very start. And when you return home you will have a beautiful keepsake useful as a reference in helping you to launch your next volunteer project.

Volunteer vacations are addictive. I could tell you that it is because of the good Karma generated or the pride you take in doing something worthwhile (instead of bloating up like a whale in some cruise ship buffet line). That is all true. Still, there is no denying that one of the reasons I am a serial volunteers is simply because they are just a riotously good time. As a volunteer traveler you can immerse in culture at an orphanage, live out your "Mutual of Omaha" fantasies on a wildlife research project or even go all "Cousteau" by helping to protect a coral reef. Whatever your volunteer dream is, there is a project that is perfect for you and who better to help you connect to that magnificent goal, guiding you onto the road best traveled than one of the most experienced experts on voluntourism - Jane Stanfield.
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In this resource workbook, Jane Stanfield does an excellent job of providing a detailed guideline, advice, and hands-on worksheets for planning a volunteer vacation that is not available anywhere else. The spiral-bound book is a true, usable workbook with areas for notes, questionnaires, budgets and planning details that the user can fill in. This is an extremely practical and valuable tool for anyone who is planning a trip to volunteer, whether it is for a few days or a year, in their own country or around the world.

The workbook is divided into sections that are arranged by a timeline, from 6-12 months before you leave, to tips for post-travel. Sections include travel planning, budgeting, health concerns, passports and visas, packing tips, and of course researching and selecting a volunteer organization and program. In reading this book, I noticed that it is full of excellent information and worksheets for anyone from the beginning volunteer or traveler, to the veteran. I myself am an experienced volunteer traveler, and there was still plenty of helpful information to me that I had not come across or thought of before; many times I found myself thinking, "What a great idea! I wish I had known that on my last volunteer trip."

The book begins by taking the reader through a process of determining why you want to volunteer, and what type of placement would be best for you. This is invaluable to the beginning volunteer traveler; all it takes is one online search on the topic to realize that there are thousands of options to choose from, and it can get overwhelming if you don't have some idea of what you want to do and where to look at the beginning.
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This book is invaluable to someone contemplating a working vacation. It explains everything I could ever have wondered, and much more, about volunteering in a foreign country. There were many useful websites and contact info in the Appendix. I've shared what I've learned in this book with others who are interested in this kind of adventure. I have not seen anything else equal to it. The step by step guide to planning and preparing will save you from overlooking anything as you set out on your adventure. Avoiding these sometimes costly errors more than covers the cost of the book - and it's engagingly written too!
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