Friday, September 29, 2006

Volunteer Vacations

Traveling to New Orleans the last week of August to volunteer with Habitat For Humanity helped me to realize that I may enjoy going on "volunteer vacations" in the future. I skimmed a book titled Volunteer Vacations for some ideas, and below are some organizations that I'll need to research more in the future to see if any of them will be a good fit:


  • Ambassadors for Children (AFC) "seeks to better the lives of children around the world who live, study, and play in impoverished communities..." Cost: $400-2500
  • Amizade "encourages intercultural exploration and understanding through community-driven service-learning courses and volunteer programs..." Cost: $425-2640
  • Azafady works to "alleviate poverty, improve well-being, and preserve beautiful, unique environments in southeast Madagascar..." Cost: 2000 British Pounds
  • Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS) "operate[s] volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives..." Cost: $2278
  • El Porvenir "improve[s] the standard of living of poor people in rural Nicaragua...through sustainable water, sanitation, and reforestation projects..." Cost: $800-1050
  • The Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) "supports...grassroots development organizations in the developing world..." Cost: $500-3000
  • Global Citizens Network (GCN) "sends short-term teams of volunteers to communities in other cultures...partner[ing] with...local grassroots organization[s]..." Cost $650-1950
  • Global Crossroad "brings together volunteers who want to help...people and communities in developing nations..." Cost: $800-2500
  • Global Volunteers (GV) "help[s] establish a foundation for peace through mutual international, cross-cultural understanding..." Cost: $750-2650
  • Habitat for Humanity's Global Villages Program participants "become active partners with people of another culture, working side-by-side to build decent, affordable housing..." Cost $1000-2200
  • Involvement Volunteers Association (IVA) "make[s] volunteering readily available to people who are seeking to assist others while learning..." Cost: $405-1400
  • Medex International (MEI) "provides healthcare to some of the world's most underserved people..." Cost: $1500-1945
  • Volunteers For Peace (VFP) "provides programs where people from diverse backgrounds can work together to help overcome the need...facing our planet..." Cost $250-400

1 comment:

Brad Nahill said...

Very good ideas for volunteer vacations..your blog very usable information! Thanks so much!

Regards,
Volunteer Vacations