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Mapping Your Volunteer Vacation Spiral-bound – August 20, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This work book is great for anyone wanting to travel and volunteer. I think its a little over priced but overall it is a helpful tool.Published on July 23, 2013 by Tamara Carpenter
Jane Stanfield has written the penultimate guide to a Volunteer Vacation, entitled Mapping Your Volunteer Vacation. Read morePublished on June 21, 2010 by Jessica Voigts
Mapping Your Volunteer Vacation is a fantastic book full of pragmatic advice on how to determine your dream vacation - and then take it! Read morePublished on September 28, 2009 by Elizabeth A. Enas
Jane Stanfield's "Mapping Your Volunteer Vacation" is a resource that I will use over and over again. Read morePublished on September 9, 2009 by Delta Donohue
I think Jane Stanfield did a fabulous job putting her own experiences as a volunteer abroad into a guidebook for those that are considering the option. Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by Alexia Nestora
Mapping Your Volunteer Vacation is a must have for anyone thinking about or planning a trip involving volunteer work. Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by Susan P. Asher
The author embarked on several adventures I would have never thought to consider. This easy-to-read, very helpful resource will be part of my future travels. Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by Bridget Shea