Thinking of volunteering abroad? Hundreds of opportunities are available to volunteer overseas. Whether it’s working with the Red Cross in a disaster area or volunteering in a campaign overseas, the possibilities are endless. Many volunteer programs will charge a fee for setting up housing, transportation, orientation to the new culture, and other items. Expect to pay a fee for a well-organized volunteer program.

Even though you are going abroad to volunteer your time and energy, you must understand that what you gain from the experience far outweighs what the community receives from your efforts. One person can only do so much to help a town or village, but the experience will likely impact you for a lifetime.

Tools for searching for overseas volunteer opportunities include VolunteerAbroad.com,
Idealist.org, GlobalCrossroad.comCross Cultural Solutions, and many study abroad program providers.