February 1, 2012
International Volunteering: State of the Nation
“My inspiration to co-write the book was that I had so much trouble finding volunteer opportunities,” says the co-author of How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas. “Today, it’s a lot easier.”
Over the last 25 years, the landscape of international volunteerism has changed dramatically. Not only do volunteers no longer have to get on a plane to find an opportunity, but there are also placements to meet the needs of virtually any prospective volunteer. You can choose your length (a week, a month, a year or even just a day), your project focus (from basic infrastructure to policy development), your country and your departure date. With countless non-profits, social entrepreneurs and tour operators offering programmes, it’s no longer an activity reserved for idealistic university students—it seems like everyone is doing it.
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