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Volunteering abroad

July 22, 2010

A lot of charity and philanthropy doesn’t necessarily come from money or donations. Sometimes it’s as simple as volunteering at a booth at a fair or event or giving your time to an organization for a weekend. A lot of people might prefer feeding the homeless in soup kitchens to giving their hard-earned money to the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

I’ve been surfing around the web and in the same vein as my past few posts, I found a pretty cool organization called the True Travellers Society. What does that mean? Well, their tagline is, Free Volunteer Work and Meaningful Travel Abroad. Essentially, they post listings of organizations in certain countries (in basically every region of the world) that need volunteer help. They compile all the information and you’re free to go ahead and look up the organizations to see if there’s anything that sparks your interest.

It’s a perfect opportunity for those who would prefer to be more hands-on with their philanthropic contributions or simply… want to travel and want their visits to have meaning rather than just stay in a bunch of tourist traps. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see local culture and to expand your horizons. A lot of people I know who have done similar projects always feel so incredibly rewarded when they come home.

So check it out! It might give you the opportunity to go live in another country and experience another culture for awhile. Or even more fun yet, it’s the opportunity to go back to your “ethnic” roots to explore a bit and meet some new people and make some new friends.

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