If you are looking to make the most of the time in your life rather than simply fall into the life of a consumer of everything, consider volunteering to help out the less fortunate around the world. You might be surprised at just how many organizations exist that serve the purpose of matching socially conscious travelers to natives who need volunteers to help lift them out of poverty, educate their children and assist in providing them with sustainable energy and agriculture. Take a look into these volunteer organizations and see if one is right for you.
International Volunteer Program
The aptly named International Volunteer Program is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities to volunteer in Europe and Latin America. The aim of this volunteer organization is to foster better understanding between cultures. Volunteers may find themselves taking part in a number of different projects. Among the jobs that may be available are teaching, writing, healthcare work and social work. The duration of the volunteering range from six to eight weeks. Accommodation and meals are included. The application process includes written references, resume and phone interview.
This Pittsburgh-based volunteer organization recruits volunteers who need not possess any specialized skills to send them to work in the fields of education, construction and environmental jobs all around the world, from Arizona to Nepal. The minimum age for volunteering is 18 and room and board are provided along with recreational opportunities and the chance to further your education. Among the duties that Amizade volunteers have been called into action to perform are teaching ESL schools in foreign countries and working for women’s rights in Tanzania.
Global Service Corps.
Global Service Corps., headquartered in San Francisco, works primarily with Tanzania, Cambodia and Thailand. Volunteers traveling to these countries will live with local residents and work on agricultural projects or assist in the battle against the AIDS epidemic in these locales. A special Thai volunteering path will team you with Buddhist monks to teach English to native residents via classroom instruction and multimedia presentations. The minimum age to take part in this global volunteer organization is 18 and those with kids are allowed to bring the little rugrats with them if they choose to take part in the Buddhist teaching project. Professional qualifications are not necessary and if you opt for the projects in Tanzania you get the added perk of being taught Swahili.
This volunteer organization is the result of a merger between Enterprise Works and Volunteers in Technical Assistance. The projects offered to socially conscious world travelers focus on energy, sanitation and agribusiness interests in Africa and the Philippines. VITA has been a leader in global volunteering services for half a century and over the period has sent tourists looking to make a difference to over 100 countries. One thing to keep in mind about Enterprise Works/Vita is that they are seeking volunteers with a high degree of expertise. Another important element that differentiates them from the rest is that there is no cost to you to take part. All that this organization demands from its volunteers is time, dedication, skills and at least three weeks of your life. In return for that commitment, your air fare, lodging, food and local transportation costs are all covered.