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For those looking for a way to make a difference while on vacation--simultaneously getting away and using their talents to improve the world--this guide shows you how a short-term volunteer stint can transform your life as much as the people, animals, and ecology you choose to help. This fully updated edition is filled with in-depth information and profiles of more than 150 select organizations running thousands of quality programs in the United States and around the world.


Inside, you’ll discover ways to


Map rock art in South Africa Tutor children in the Navajo Nation in Arizona Build houses in Honduras Teach art lessons in Ghana's only children's gallery Restore wetlands in Colorado Rehabilitate wounded elephants in India

Each listing includes complete contact information with locations, costs, dates, and project details you won’t find anywhere else. In addition, it features some of the better established long-term projects as well as organizations specifically tailored for families, seniors, and people with disabilities. Stories from recent volunteers and a host of photographs help you further imagine your volunteer adventure.


Bill McMillon is a high school teacher. Doug Cutchins is the director of social commitment at Grinnell College. Anne Geissinger is a part-time photographer. Ed Asner is a professional actor. He appeared on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, for which he won an Emmy, and the series Lou Grant. He also appeared on the television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.


"[A] comprehensive gathering."  —Booklist

"Anyone who can’t find a dozen projects here to get excited about just doesn’t have a traveler’s soul."  —San Francisco Chronicle

"Would-be volunteers will have plenty of adventures to research."  —Boston Globe

"Takes the legwork out of finding an opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture."  —The Iowan

"Details thousands of opportunities for anyone wanting to see the world with a purpose."  —Westworld Magazine

"Explicitly tuned to matching the needs and desires of prospective travelers with the organizations and projects which will suit them best."  —GoNomad.com

"Handy resource . . .  it's a must-have."  —Emerging Horizons

“For those who like to get their hands dirty, this is an excellent resource.” —Chicago Tribune