• Shannon_ReadyForZero

    One of my closest friends volunteered with an organization in Greece. She was responsible for both living expenses and airfare but spread the news about her trip to everyone at her 300+ congregation in NYC. The pastor and the congregation supported her cause greatly and she ended up having her entire trip paid for through donations. She was able to do this because she was volunteering for a cause the church was already highly invested in. Now she’s back and trying to figure out ways she can go and help the organization in Greece on a more full-time basis.

    • http://www.facebook.com/amelia.lary Amelia Laing

      What an inspiring story! It’s amazing how volunteering not only enriches the individual, but also hometown communities!

      • Shannon_ReadyForZero

        It really is Amelia! We were all super proud of what she was doing and it was really great to see such an overwhelmingly positive response!

  • http://twitter.com/MeganOverseas Megan Lee

    Great tips – hopefully articles such as these will help people realize that volunteering abroad is within their means AND a wonderful way to add depth to their travels. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.facebook.com/amelia.lary Amelia Laing

      Volunteering is the best form of travel, in my opinion! Thanks for the comment!

  • http://www.susies-coupons.com/ Jamie

    These are great tips. I’ve been interested in doing these volunteer vacations but always found the cost to be prohibitive. I’ll look into kickstarter and do some more research into launching a fundraising campaign.

  • Poverty Fighter

    Poverty Fighters Network is a no-fee volunteering project designed to bring skills and expertize of professionals and semi-professionals in Nepal. Individuals with skills and expertize who wish to commit at least 3 months time for the assignment can apply for volunteer position. Please visit: http://povertyfighters.org/ for more information.

  • Natacha

    I volunteered in BC, Canada at a wildlife sanctuary(Critter Care Wildlife Society) which was an amazing experience and definitely boosted my resume. Sadly I didn’t know how to find and contact Critter Care myself and went through Internex to secure my 3 months stay. I had to pay a little over 3000CAD and was told the money was to cover my food and lodging. When I arrived I found out from the other interns that those who had contacted Critter Care directly hadn’t had to pay a thing, and from my supervisors I understood that Critter Care didn’t actually get any of my money. I was of course rather angry about this, but have now learned how to search for volunteer programs and contact the sanctuaries directly, which has proved to be much cheaper, and that way I know my money goes towards the cause I want to help.
    The tips are very good,I wish i had read these before I volunteered the first time.

  • http://www.helpStay.com helpStay

    There’s also HelpStay dot com who make it cheap & easy to go volunteering. As a volunteer you can connect and stay with projects & organisations overseas, where you
    can make a difference.

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