Travel expenses incurred
on a trip that is mostly charitable in nature may be tax
deductible in the United States, though the monetary value of volunteer
time is not.
Global Vision International pairs interested travelers with expert trainers, so they can volunteer with one of 150 projects run by nonprofit organizations and NGOS in 30 countries. Projects include social, educational and community development work as well as environment and conservation programs.
The definition of sweat
equity: build a house from the ground up. Habitat
for Humanity builds low income housing in 80 countries.
Their Global Village Work Trips send teams into villages to work
side by side with local people. Volunteers travel, work, live
and eat together, often in primitive settings. Fees start at
$1100 and vary by location.
Global Volunteers offers 180+ volunteer vacation
opportunities in 20 countries on 6 continents. You
might tutor grade-schoolers, share life stories with
elderly women, stock the library. Average stay is