Overhead Costs And Volunteering Abroad: Where Your Program Fee Goes

November 27, 2010

While researching volunteer travel, you’ll find articles—yep, there are some on Volunteer Global right now—telling you to ask your placement/host group where your placement fee goes. It’s important to know, particularly if your priority is for your money AND your time to be devoted to the volunteer project.

About Overhead

But here’s the thing: It won’t go solely to the project. It never does. Volunteer groups (placement and host) always will take at least some of your payment for overhead, and that’s not a bad thing. I’m not sure why it’s such a huge deal that payments go...

Guest Article: Volunteering In Malaysia

November 23, 2010

Today's guest article and photo are courtesy of Tom at  Malaysia Explorer Travel and Tourism Guide. Thanks, Tom!

Why you should consider Malaysia when volunteering

Before we delve into specific programs and opportunities we’re keen to tell you why supporting Malaysia’s causes is a genuinely rewarding pursuit. The concept of diversity, peace and harmony is all too clichéd across the world but few nations truly live up to this description. Here in the Western world we spend a lot of time theorizing about...

Five Great Volunteer Vacation Destinations

November 01, 2010

Volunteering abroad is awesome—you can volunteer anywhere in the world, with any type of project you can think of, and for any length of time you’d like. So let’s go over five of the very best volunteer abroad destinations!

Volunteer In Brazil

Projects here usually focus on such different areas as community development, education, and tourism. Volunteer organizations in Brazil range from very large, international groups to smaller, local NGOs. Prospective volunteers traveling to Brazil can find nearly any project they’d like, whether it...

Guest Article By Hannah DeMilta: Moving Abroad In A Digital Age

October 18, 2010

Today's guest post comes courtesy of Hannah DeMilta. Thanks, Hannah!

Relocating to a new city where you don’t know anyone can be intimidating, especially if it’s in a different country on the other side of the world. I found myself in this exact situation just a few short months ago when I decided to move from Cleveland, Ohio to Sydney, Australia.

While I had studied abroad for a few months in Australia I knew that moving back this time to start a new job would be quite...

Guest Article: ‘Day In The Life’ Of An EDGE Of AFRICA Medical Volunteer

September 07, 2010

Today's blog entry comes courtesy of EDGE of AFRICA, a volunteer organization in South Africa. For more information, visit

It's 07h00 and our EDGE of AFRICA volunteer Eavanna wakes to another day at the EDGE of AFRICA Volunteer House and sits down to a light breakfast of cereal, toast, tea and fruit. Breakfast at the volunteer house is a crazy time consisting of running around, laughing, shouting, eating sometimes simultaneously and sometimes resulting in the odd collision!

At 07h45 Eavanna is transported to the local...

Guest Article By Carleton Cole: Peace Through Youth

May 11, 2010

Today's blog entry comes courtesy of Carleton Cole. You can view RCDP-Nepal's website here, and its Facebook page here. Thank you, Carleton!

On the last day of their summer camp, which ran from April 7 to 14, children are busy, quietly enjoying creating handmade Nepali New Year greeting cards for each other. At this orphanage beautifully set among the hills and fields of Lamatar town in the Kathmandu Valley...

Guest Article By Jeff Jung: How To Have A Good Volunteer Experience During Your Career Break

May 04, 2010

Today's guest blog is courtesy of Jeff Jung, founder of, a website for people taking a career break or round the world travel. Jeff has traveled to 27 countries and took his career break in 2007-2008. He is currently based in Bogota, Colombia.

Thank you, Jeff!

A TV sales executive working with orphans in India. An advertising executive working at an HIV/AIDS clinic. A marketing executive applying her skills to a ranch on the pampa in Argentina. A teacher going to China...

Volunteer Story: Children Of Guatemala

April 27, 2010

Today's blog entry comes courtesy of Millie Sanchez, who volunteered with children in Guatemala in November 2009. She recently revisited Guatemala solo, and was able to spend an afternoon with the children again. You can view her blog here, and her photo album here. Thank you, Millie!

When I was last in Guatemala back in November of 2009 – I fell in love...

Why Paying To Volunteer Abroad ISN'T A Scam

April 21, 2010

I posted earlier this week about fundraising for your volunteer trip—but let’s take a step back and talk about why you’re asked to pay in the first place.

Placement Groups Versus Host Groups

Let’s note the difference between two types of volunteer organizations:

Placement Group: These are the ones you’re probably familiar with. They’re the large, popular organizations that work in many countries worldwide. Think of them like travel agents, but with a focus on...

Fundraising For Your Volunteer Abroad Trip

April 19, 2010

Update! We've made a video out of this blog--click here to watch!

By now you’ve probably learned that volunteer vacations often cost about as much as a regular vacation. If my Google Analytics map is any indication, you’re probably a college student, or at least living in a college town—and that means you likely don’t have a lot of money to drop on a volunteer trip.

Of course there are many inexpensive volunteer programs, which is really great! But what about...