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How to Plan a Volunteer Vacation

Here is an article at Frommer’s about six steps to planning your volunteer vacation. I was lucky enough to be asked for my two cents as Melinda Quintero put the piece together.

How to Plan a Volunteer Vacation in 6 Steps

Whether you’re looking to volunteer for an afternoon or for several weeks while on the road, organizations around the world are eager for your help. Don’t know where to start? You can plan a successful volunteer vacation by following these six steps.

By Melinda Quintero
July 28, 2010

Integrating any amount of volunteer time into your next trip requires some research before you leave. But as countless volunteer veterans will tell you, it’s worth the planning.

You can live abroad as a volunteer for an extended period of time through programs such as the Peace Corps (www.peacecorps.gov). However, traveling as a short-term volunteer has grown in popularity in recent years as more and more charities, non-profits, NGOs, and even travel agencies expand their programs to include appropriate work for a more casual visitor. In early 2010, even Disney offered a free day at a Disney park in exchange for a day of volunteer work with the HandsOn Network (www.handsonnetwork.org).

Here are some tips to help you find the best voluntourism trip. Pick up a copy of Frommer’s 500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference for even more inspiration. Continue reading