How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas is the first comprehensive guide to international volunteerism for Americans of all ages—from college students to senior citizens. Joseph Collins, Stefano DeZerega, and Zahara Heckscher—all founders of respected volunteer organizations—share everything you need to know about volunteering in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.
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Featuring worksheets, first-hand accounts from volunteers, and profiles of more than 100 volunteer organizations, this indispensable and unrivaled guide is a must-read for anyone who's ever dreamed of living and volunteering abroad.
This remarkably comprehensive handbook is what so many of us have long been waiting for: it truly tells it like it is. After six years research and many more years of immersion in their subject, the authors seem to know everything about volunteering overseas and are generous and direct in sharing their knowledge. Anyone who has even considered volunteering abroad—whatever his or her age, interests, or abilities—will read it with delight and appreciation."
Ph.D., Editor and Publisher or Transitions Abroad Magazine
Volunteering overseas can be a rewarding and enriching experience. But it requires sympathy, reciprocity, willingness to learn as well as to give, and an understanding of the problems and opportunities, which are many and complex. This book is a wonderful guide that addresses all of these issues and more—informed, sensitive, comprehensive. A most valuable contribution."
Political Analyst and Author of Manufacturing Consent
I truly wish I had read this book before I went overseas. I would have been able to get so much more out of my experiences. As I read the book, I kept thinking to myself 'If only I had known...' If only I had known the practical tips for cultural immersion, the no-nonsense ideas for effective volunteering, even the detailed suggestions about dealing with reverse culture shock when coming home—this information would have really enriched all of my volunteer experiences, in addition to my travels and studies overseas. The analysis of the pros and cons of the Peace Corps and the evaluations of other volunteer programs just aren't available anywhere else. For anyone considering volunteering or working abroad, this is a priceless resources. I know I will use it the next time I go overseas."
Volunteer in Guatemala and Israel
Teacher in Korea
Foreword by Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé
How to Use this Book
Chapter 1: International Volunteering: What Is It? Why Do It?
Chapter 2: Is Volunteering Overseas Right for You?
Chapter 3: The Big Pictures: International Volunteering in Context
Chapter 4: Choosing an Organization
Chapter 5: The Ideal Volunteer Organization and the State of the Field
Chapter 6: Doing It Without a Program
Chapter 7: Overcoming Financial Obstacles
Chapter 8: What to Do Before Your Go
Chapter 9: How to Be an Effective International Volunteer
Chapter 10: Staying Involved After You Get Back
Chapter 11: The Peace Corps
Chapter 12: Organizational Profiles
Chapter 13: Parting Words
Bonus Section A: Alternatives to Volunteering Overseas
Bonus Section B: Additional Volunteer Organizations Not Profiled
Index of Profiled Organizations
Survey for Returned and Prospective Overseas Volunteers
ROVE: Returned Overseas Volunteers