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Voluntourism -- Find Volunteer Travel Opportunities With Volunteer Abroad

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Volunteer Abroad is a central source for a variety of volunteer projects abroad, language schools, internships abroad, study abroad and jobs abroad. The company also offers English as a Foreign Language certification. There's a search box where you can type in the country, type of volunteer project that interests you and your preferred length of trip, and a variety of trips will pop up.

The site's home page also lists some popular volunteer projects, such as i-to-i's Ecology and Sea Turtle Conservation project in Costa Rica; and Global Vision International's Volunteer Teaching in Ghana.

Where to Learn More About Volunteer Abroad

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Where to Find More Volunteer Vacations

VolunTourism - combining traditional travel with volunteer work - is a rapidly growing trend because combining a vacation or trip abroad with volunteering on local projects is one way you can immerse yourself in local cultures and make a difference. Are you among the one-quarter of the travelers queried in the Voice of the Traveler survey by the Travel Industry Association who said they were currently interested in taking a volunteer or service-based vacation? No matter whether you're in your 20s, a baby boomer (the group expressing the strongest interest), or parents who want to introduce their children to other cultures, there's a company offering volunteer vacations for you.

These trips and experiences are as close as building homes in New Orleans or a far away as helping in orphanages in Romania or elephant camps in Africa. To see a list of organizations that offer volunteer travel trips and vacations (where you spend a few days of a trip volunteering and explore a new country the rest) click on Top Sources for Volunteer Vacations.

Are You a Voluntourist?

Returning travelers say volunteer travel is a life-changing experience. If you are wondering if Voluntourism is right for you, here are suggestions for the route to helping you decide. Click on How to Decide if Voluntourism is for you.

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