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Foreign Volunteer Work

If you’ve ever wanted to learn about what it’s really like to combine travel and volunteer work and be a volunteer in a foreign country, check out Projects Abroad. They have stories written by former volunteers that give a good picture, albeit a little enthusiastic sometimes, of what it’s like to do foreign volunteer work.

Canoeing on Lake SandovalAs Anita Talby writes, if you feel you’ve never done anything exciting in your life, or you’re stuck in your comfort zone, foreign volunteer work may be the jolt of life you’re yearning for. Or if you’d rather stay an armchair traveler, Projects Abroad’s real stories from volunteers let you travel virtually.

There are several large organizations offering foreign volunteer work, and since I’m not familiar with most of them I won’t recommend any particular one. If you’re interested, do your research before you go and if possible talk with someone who has been on the trip. Then go with an open mind and high level of adaptability, and enjoy!

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