voluntourism and giving back

Voluntourism and Giving Back:

The choice of where to volunteer and how to choose an organization is not an easy one. The resources we list here are not necessarily recommended by Career Break Secrets. We have done some basic vetting to only list organizations that appear seem to be doing the right things. You can check out our volunteering posts for what we’ve published. Please do your homework and ask lots of questions. Have a great experience volunteering on your career break.

General Resources (Good for research)

  • Grassroots Volunteering: Blog and directory for global volunteer opportunities.
  • Volunteer Global: Sarah will help you navigate the wild wild west of the voluntourism
  • VolunTourism: Great independent resource for those wanting more information about volunteering while traveling

Organizations for Volunteering

The Miracle Foundation (Indian orphanages). Our own Cheryl volunteered here and has traveled to India. See our interview with Caroline Boudreaux, the founder.

Monkeyland (South African monkey rescue). See our posts about Monkeyland.

Cotlands (South African HIV/AIDS orphanage and community center). See our posts about Cotlands.

Conservación Patagonia (Conservation to create Chile’s next national park). See our posts about traveling in Patagonia.

Oyster Worldwide (global opportunities). Jeff will be volunteering in Romania at a bear sanctuary with Oyster in 2013.

Plan My Gap Year (global opportunities).