About the Book

/The Essential Guide for Anyone Considering Volunteer Travel
Our Book
offers a new look at volunteer travel and the impact this growing trend is having on both the communities being “served” and the volunteers who are traveling overseas. In addition to an overview of what’s working (and what’s not) in the growing international service and voluntourism sectors, this book includes tips for how to go about planning a trip that is responsible and ethical. We believe it will be a very useful and relevant tool for people of all ages who are considering volunteer travel.

Co-authors Claire Bennet, Joe Collins, Zahara Heckscher, and Daniela Papi, have combined their global experience in NGO work, volunteer travel companies, youth leadership organizations, and advocacy, and converged on a new approach to volunteering that they call “Learning Service”. In this book they share their own volunteering mistakes, lessons they have learned along the way, plus feedback and interviews with hundreds of volunteers and people around the world whose lives have been impacted – both positively and negatively – by the good intentions international travelers.

Two of the authors – Zahara and Joe – wrote a book about international service in 2003 called How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas, along with Stefano DeZerega. The approach for the new book is built on the changes the international volunteering sector has seen over the last decade and the impacts that work has had globally by providing practical tips and lessons learned for people looking for the most ethical options for how to improve themselves and the world through international travel. With sections on gap years, the pitfalls of volunteering, international development effectiveness, and alternatives to volunteering, the book is a must-read for anyone considering international volunteering, educators and trip leaders about to take a group abroad, or anyone looking to learn more about how to translate international service and travel projects into positive experiences for all stakeholders.


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