The term “voluntourism” has been used over the past few years to define travel that combines sightseeing with some volunteering. This issue of the newsletter discusses voluntourism and includes articles by travelers who have participated in voluntourism programs. Read more here.
This website is primarily a resource for international volunteer opportunities for persons over 50 years of age. Recently I have noticed many visitors to the site have an interest in obtaining information about international employment. Read more.
As the year 2016 draws to a close, and we are thinking about our goals for the coming year, it is a good time to think about where we would like to devote some time to share our experience and skills internationally in 2017. International volunteering, done in well thought out and community supported programs, […]
I know that my ego often gets aligned with my work, because it has been my focus for many years. In March of this year I really wasn’t feeling well. My body was telling me something but I wasn’t listening. My son who was calling me every so often said, “Dad, every time I call […]
I’m writing this final article in Nepal, sitting at Pappaz Bakery in Dhapasi, one of my favorite hang-outs in Kathmandu, a place where I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the apple pie, veg burgers and momos and more recently mint lemonade. After almost 4.5 years in Nepal and three years in India, today I’m leaving this part of […]
When we first start thinking about devoting some of our time to international volunteering we usually don’t have any idea of where to start. We might have talked to a friend who just returned from an inspiring volunteer assignment. We could also have been motivated by reading an article about humanitarian problems in the world […]
Mark Horoszowski and his co-founder, while traveling and volunteering internationally, found a need for an organization that matched volunteer skills with international groups that needed those skills. And so Moving Worlds was born. I recently spoke with Mark about Moving Worlds and its unique mission in the world of international volunteering. John: How does MovingWorlds […]
One of the great personal returns of international volunteering is the friends one makes. Late last week I returned from Ukraine where I was an observer to the local elections. It was an interesting and satisfying mission. A lot of new friends were made (see photo of our team in Poltava) and many old acquaintances […]
Elizabeth Andrews is an anthropologist by education and profession. She worked as an anthropologist for many years for the State of Alaska. In 2002 Elizabeth was inspired to volunteer internationally with Habitat for Humanity. She is now a Team Leader and will be leading teams to Kyrgyzstan and Guatemala later this year. Elizabeth discusses […]
Gregory Hubbs, Editor-in-Chief of Transitions Abroad and I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. Hessler-Radelet has made some major and positive changes to Peace Corps during her tenure. Among other changes, she has shortened the time it takes to process applications and put an emphasis on recruiting volunteers over the […]