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ACT! - Volunteer on your Vacation
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You can commit 2 hours a day---or 40 hour weeks. You can volunteer for one week—or
six months. You can help build a house for a family in India---or educate orphans in Bolivia.
The opportunities are waiting, and the work is important.


Want to join a team of two or three who help women's groups develop skills to improve their economic situation? Cross Cultural Solutions is a nonprofit that places volunteers in locally designed and driven partner projects in Africa, Latin America, Russia, and Asia. Year round programs provide health care services, education and support community development. You can participate for 1 week up to 6 months. Fees include room and board but not airfare, and start at $2175; they vary by program duration. Cross Cultural Solutions will survey your skills and interests prior to placement and provide in-depth orientation about culture and customs, plus language assistance.



Put your work experience to work
in developing countries where any
Professional experience is precious.
A 2003 paperback directory describes 
short, medium and long term options
all over the globe: World Volunteers:
The World Guide to Humanitarian and
Development Volunteering



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
1-3 weeks.


Irma Turtle was a VP at Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide before she found her passion in life: tribal peoples. Her company, Turtle Tours, offers trips to indigenous communities. Her nonprofit organization, Turtlewill, can arrange for you to travel with them as a healthcare volunteer (no training required) or a staff assistant.


Earn academic credit for international work in Latin America and Spain that’s organized through AmeriSpan's Volunteer/Internship programs. Recent volunteers worked in a Guatemala woman's educational cooperative, a Mexico women's crisis center, an Ecuador women's prison,  a Peru education center for girls, an Argentina program for street children, and Bolivian orphanages.

I-to-I Meaningful Travel. This travel company sells courses in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and offers TEFL job placement around the world. They also send volunteers on trips to work on 500 projects on 5 continents—perhaps working with orphans in Kenya, or Hill Tribe children in Thailand.
  Kosrae Village. Katrina Adams, from California, co-founded this Micronesian eco-resort a dozen years ago. In September,
you can join a team of volunteers who drive for two weeks to collect data to help keep the indigenous coral reefs healthy.
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