are constantly receiving questions about voluntourism from our Journeywoman
readers. For that reason we were more than happy when this particular
guide landed on our desk. The book is called, 'Volunteer
Vacations: short-term adventures that will benefit you and others.'
Written by Bill McMillon, Doug Cutchins, Anne Geissinger, and published
by Chicago Review Press, this sourcebook profiles 150 charitable
organizations that sponsor 1000's of extraordinary volunteer opportunities
worldwide -- from the budget-friendly to the absolute lavish. We
think this is a great addition for any traveller's library. It's
also lovely to offer as a gift.
asked the authors of 'Volunteer Vacations' to give us 10 questions
women should ask before signing on with a volunteer organization.
Here are their excellent suggestions:
the work involved mesh with what I want to do on my vacation?
Will it allow me to develop or use skills that are important
project take me to a place that I want to go?
Do I have
the same goals and values as those of the organization? (This
is especially important for organizations that have overt
political or religious goals; you don’t want to end
up promoting a cause, directly or indirectly, that you don’t
What do past
volunteers say about their experiences with this organization?
are living conditions at the site like?
will my exact job responsibilities be? How much scut
work (cooking, cleaning, filing and so on) will I be
expected to do? Keep in mind that someone has to do
this work, and it is often divided among all of the
employees and volunteers, from top to bottom.
does it cost to participate? What exactly is included in a
the project take place, how long does it last and does it
fit with my schedule?
Will I be
working in a group? What is the profile of the average volunteer?
Age range? What are the motivations of the other people in
||What kind of
training or orientation is offered? (This information is crucial
for international organizations, where you might be working
in a culture very different from your own.)
Here are two
companies that are members of our Journeywoman Network of
classified advertisers. They offer volunteer opportunities
for women travellers so we thought it might be a perfect addition
to this page. Check them out!
ABROAD -- It's
the experience of a lifetime. As
a Cross-Cultural Solutions
international volunteer, you're
making a meaningful contribution, working side-by-side with
local people and sharing in the goals of a community that
warmly welcomes you. Choose from 10 countries, start dates
year-round and programs from 1-12 weeks long. CCS offers programs
in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Morocco,
Peru, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand. Website: http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org
AFRICAN ADVENTURES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE -
See how easy it is to help others as you travel. Join us on
a cultural or philanthropic journey into South Africa. Visit
orphanages and rural schools. Experience the townships. Study
apartheid. Meet artists, entrepreneurs, and educators. Enjoy
local B&Bs, sensational food and wine, fabulous guides.