Philanthropy and Nonprofits
We all like to do things that make us feel good about ourselves. And what better way to feel good about yourself than to help others? Whether you're looking for a new charity to give to or want to check the legitimacy of one to which you already give, the resources you need are online. You can find a place to volunteer at home or abroad, research and apply to education programs in philanthropy and nonprofit studies, read up on the latest in nonprofit news, or even find ways to better run or start your own nonprofit.
The world of philanthropy and volunteering is made up of millions of people such as yourself, and ... read more »
Community volunteering doesn't have to mean your own community. Hordes of people young and old have embraced volunteer programs abroad as a way to see the world, help others, and contribute to a greater global cultural understanding. The opportunities are endless-these sites will help you find the one right for you.
- Although any good abroad program will plan well for your health and safety, you should still research any health or other safety hazards before leaving the country. Sickness or injury can ruin an otherwise amazing experience.
- Because comfort and safety standards vary throughout the world, it's good to deal with organizations that have an organizational presence in your home country to ensure a certain level of cultural understanding.
For overseas volunteer opportunities ...
is part of the larger GoAbroad site and enables you to search a large number of volunteer organizations and opportunities worldwide by location, length of stay, and type of work. Many of the organizations have been put through the site's own verification process to try to ensure they are reputable.
was founded to promote overseas volunteering and standards of quality among its alliance of overseas, nonprofit volunteer organizations. The site's design is bland and boring, but there's plenty of information on volunteering and fundraising, and a program search tool that spans members' offerings.
sends volunteers worldwide on vastly varied assignments, all designed to help local communities in the host countries. On this site you can explore the rigorous opportunities and benefits of this U.S. government department and, if it's for you, apply online.
Cross Cultural Solutions
has a rich site that seems telling of the rich experiences you can enjoy through its programs. The volunteer options it offers are particularly far flung, a fact you can see for yourself with the site's fabulous videos of volunteers at work. Apply online to its short-term "Insight Abroad" experiences or longer programs and internships.
For teen opportunities ...
integrates service work with cultural immersion to give teens an alternative to more typical summer activities. Language immersion trips are also available, as are custom-designed trips for groups of 14 or more.
has programs that include home-stay components and more specialized options such as a soccer/language-immersion/service trip in Costa Rica. If you're over 17 you can also apply for its three-month teach abroad programs. Along with staff positions for those over 24, GlobalRoutes allows you to engage the global community from teen-hood to adulthood.
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