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International Voluntary Work
by Victoria Pybus Details
This freshly revised tenth edition of The International Directory of Voluntary Work gives full details of over 700 organisations around the world that need all types of people for all types of work, for periods of time that can vary from a few hours to a few years.
The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life
by Pam Grout Details
Travelers are showing a huge interest in the fast-growing sector known as "experiential" tourism--vacations that encompass heritage, culture, nature, ecology, and soft adventure. In the footsteps of the briskly selling The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life featuring North American destinations, our new title extends these ardent travelers' sights to global scale. From helping to build a health clinic in Tanzania to learning massage in Thailand to aiding green turtle conservation in Belize, The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life is full of fun, meaningful, and memorable possibilities for today's discerning traveler. The lively text irresistibly conveys the charm and excitement of each location and delivers solid, reliable travel-planning information. Abundant sidebars reveal little known local facts, nearby places to visit, lists of things to do, and more.
The Give-Back Solution: Create a Better World with Your Time, Talents, and Travel (Whether You Have $10 or $10,000)
by Susan Skog Details
Reaching out and supporting others brings out the best in all of us. Giving back strengthens America--but the under-appreciated secret is that it lifts us up, too. Part call-to-action, part inspiration, part practical research guide to make-a-difference opportunities, The Give-Back Solution captures the idealism and generosity sweeping our country, even in the face of serious challenges. With amazing stories of everyday volunteers having the time of their lives giving back, social change leader Susan Skog shows how you can join the groundswell of goodwill, whether you volunteer abroad or support efforts locally, and whatever your time, talents, or resources.
The Voluntourist: A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem
by Ken Budd Details
When Ken Budd was thirty-nine, his father collapsed after eighteen holes of golf. Ken and his wife raced to the hospital--but it was too late. In the weeks that followed, as grieving friends revealed how his father had changed their lives, Ken started questioning his own life--and admitting, after years of denial, that he and his wife would never have children. And then, still struggling with grief--his grief at losing his father, his grief at not being a father--Ken received an e-mail with the subject line: 'Katrinia Relief Volunteer Opportunities.' He signed up. He went to New Orleans. And he kept volunteering: Costa Rica, to teach English; China, to work with special-needs children; Ecuador, to study climate change; the West Bank, to assist refugees; Kenya, to care for orphans. His goal: to find purpose by helping others, one trip at a time.
Unplugged: How to Disconnect from the Rat Race, Have an Existential Crisis, and Find Meaning and Fulfillment
by Nancy Whitney-Reiter Details
The tremendous success of Po Bronson's What Should I Do With My Life and Neil Crofts's Authentic, and the resurgence of Paolo Coelho's The Alchemist indicate the inner struggle faced by many working professionals today. Unplugged explains why career breaks are necessary in our modern, technologically-driven society, and explains how to take such a break in easy to follow steps. The emerging trend of young people taking mid-career breaks calls for a book that will help them find their true path.
Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others
by Bill McMillon Details
If you're looking for a way to make a difference while on vacation--simultaneously getting away and using your talents to improve the world--this guide shows you how a short-term volunteer stint can transform your life as much as the people, animals, and ecology you choose to help. This fully updated edition is filled with in-depth information and profiles of 150 select organizations, more than 40 new in this edition, running thousands of quality programs in the United States and around the world.
Volunteer: A Traveller's Guide to Making a Difference Around the World
by  Lonely Planet Details
Are you looking for a more meaningful travel experience? Do you want to give back to the communities you visit, make a genuine connection with locals, meet like-minded travellers and build your skills? International volunteering opens up all these opportunities, and this book has all the advice you need to get you there. Much more than just a resource directory, Volunteer is packed with invaluable information and full-colour inspiration to get you planning your perfect short- or long-term volunteer experience anywhere in the world - whether it's monitoring sea turtles in Greece, helping set up handicraft businesses in Ghana or building community centres in Guatemala!
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Lonely Planet
Wildlife and Conservation Volunteering: The Complete Guide
by Peter Lynch Details
From student backpackers who lose sleep over the plight of pandas, to merchant bankers seeking a holiday that gives meaning to their money, the market for 'voluntourism' is booming. But should one camp out with underprivileged orangutans, or live it up a luxury eco-lodge? This ground-breaking guide dissects volunteering market--with a special focus on wildlife and environmental conservation--and helps prospective volunteers to find a genuine eco-friendly, conservation-focused experience.
Updated 11/14/2014

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