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Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others Paperback – February 1, 2009
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"[A] comprehensive gathering." Booklist
"Takes the legwork out of finding an opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture." The Iowan
"Details thousands of opportunities for anyone wanting to see the world with a purpose." Westworld Magazine
For those who like to get their hands dirty, this is an excellent resource.” Chicago Tribune
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The second half of the book contains numerous brief volunteer journals where the reader can obtain a clearer picture of how this type of travel impacts the recipients of the service work and more importantly perhaps how these deeply moving and life-altering experiences greatly enhance the life of the volunteer.
I have met people of all ages and from all walks of life on these incredible journeys. If you have a bit of adventure in your blood and a desire to serve and especially to learn from another culture's experience...investigate this book...it may open some brand new doors in your life.
I bought this book out of curiosity and was amazed at the variety of opportunities available to travel and contribute throughout the world. The book is a compendium of opportunities of every imaginable type, an incredible resource if you're even thinking about a taking a vacation in which you volunteer.
Each opportunity contains all contact information, include web site, the types of projects available, organization mission statements, the year founded, the number of volunteers last year (so that you can see the scope of the program), funding sources, what kind of work the organization does, project locations, time line (when and for how long commitments are made), cost (including arrangements that must be made like medical examinations), how to get started, needed skills, and the specific populations that could qualify.
The book is very friendly to those with limitations (for example, sight limitations, physical agility, etc.). There are also stories throughout the book from volunteers about their actual experiences while volunteering.
There is a section on long-term volunteering opportunities. There are four indexes: by project cost, project length, location, season, and type.
It is a wonderful book to use to explore what types of things you might like to do, as well as to use as a research base to search out specific opportunities. It is a great value, and an organized way to begin your volunteer journey!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Saw this at the library and borrowed it to read. Had put so many stickies on so many pages I just had to give in and buy my own copy! Read morePublished 7 months ago by musiclover
I have the 11th edition. Its like window shopping for awesome adventures to go on that hopefully will be more meaningful than just a regular trip overseas. Read morePublished 20 months ago by S. Hartley
Hundreds of volunteer vacation opportunities are listed each with important information, websites, contact information all arranged categorically. It is current and up to date. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Avid reader
Comprehensive, but simply written, this book covers the gamut of ideas for getting away from it all while contributing something.Published on December 26, 2013 by Gail M. Degreeff
If your thinking of giving your time in this meaningful way its a good book to have. Unfortunately the volunteer has to pay to participate in these vacations which can quite... Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Kindle Customer
My partner and I were recently married and laughed at the idea of taking a traditional lounge-around-by-the-pool honeymoon - in large part because of how we're geared. Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by mcnultya