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The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations to Enrich Your Life

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Travel industry experts report that more and more people are combining vacations with volunteer work—the growing phenomenon called "voluntourism." Professionals predict this will be a key growth area for years to come; the voluntourists themselves find it a rewarding activity, good for body and soul.

And nobody provides such a fun, inviting overview of the possibilities as
Paperback, 287 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by National Geographic Society (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jan 17, 2011 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Cage dive with Great White Sharks? Yes, please. Feed orphaned baby lions? Yes, please. Work on an organic farm in Tuscany? Yes, please. Help endangered and orphaned orangutans in Borneo? Really, the list goes on and on. I want to do everything in this book, and would if I had the time and money. One day I will do at least one of these things, and I'm going to save a list of the names of these organizations for when that day comes.
Ignore the hokey, over-the-top, repetitively feel-good quotes - there's a lot of useful substance in this book and it's helpfully cross-referenced by geography and type of volunteer opportunity. My one concern is that the author doesn't mentioned the ethical problems with volunteering in orphanages. Other writers on this subject have talked about how it's an easy warm and fuzzy type of work for the Western visitor to engage in, but it can be harmful for children who have already been traumatized ...more
Volunteering is making a comeback more than ever, in large part to President Obama who is encouraging American citizens to volunteer and calls it a “civic duty”.

The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations to Enrich Your Life by Pam Grout has definitely honed in on this trend and lists 100 volunteer projects in six areas of the world. What can you volunteer for? Perhaps a better question would be what can’t you volunteer for? Grout has selected a variety of volunteer projects that truly have something for
I skimmed through this looking for ideas on how to get a cheap trip to Europe. I liked the chapters on working for Britain's National Trust, serving as a lighthouse keeper, restoring medieval castles, and excavating a Roman fort. Not so me-tracking jaguars though I love cats and researching the great white shark. They put you in a cage in the water with them! It was an interesting book with fun ideas.
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She's a Liberal bootlicker, but her ideas are sound. (Not that I'll fight with anyone over their political leanings, the author just GUSHES a little too much for me. Ick.)
Not as good as "Volunteer Vacations", but still interesting. This book is divided by continent. You really have to read to see if the "expedition" is right for you.
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Pam Grout is the author of 16 books, three plays, a television series, and two iPhone apps. She writes for People magazine,, Huffington Post, and her travel blog, Find out more about Pam and her out-of-the-box take on life on her website:
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