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How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas is the first comprehensive guide to international volunteerism for Americans of all ages -- from college students to senior citizens. Joseph Collins, Stefano DeZerega, and Zahara Heckscher -- all founders of respected volunteer organizations -- share everything you need to know about volunteering in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.
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Overview

How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas is the first comprehensive guide to international volunteerism for Americans of all ages -- from college students to senior citizens. Joseph Collins, Stefano DeZerega, and Zahara Heckscher -- all founders of respected volunteer organizations -- share everything you need to know about volunteering in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142000717
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/31/2001
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Our stories xv
How to use this book xxv
1. International Volunteering: What Is It? Why Do It? 1
What is international volunteering? 1
The rewards of international volunteering 2
How volunteers contribute 6
2. Is Volunteering Overseas Right for You? 12
International volunteering: Is it for you? 12
Examining your motivations 12
Worksheet I Things that motivate you to volunteer 13
To volunteer or not to volunteer 16
Action steps 17
3. The Big Picture: International Volunteering in Context 18
A brief history of helping 19
"Development" and the international volunteer 20
What is the path to development? 22
Obstacles to development 23
So what is a volunteer to do? 25
Beyond good intentions 26
Action steps 28
4. Choosing an Organization 29
Assessing your interests and personal needs 29
Special needs and considerations 42
Worksheet II Assessing your interests and special needs 45
Digging deeper: Examining the values and philosophies of international service 48
Worksheet III Questions to illuminate an organization's philosophy of development 49
Beyond your service overseas 50
Before you sign on the dotted line 50
Do the right thing 50
Action steps 51
5. The Ideal Volunteer Organization and the State of the Field 53
The ideal volunteer placement organization 53
International volunteering: State of the field 55
6. Doing it without a Program 58
The pros of volunteering independently 59
The cons of volunteering independently 60
Getting organized to volunteer independently 61
Worksheet IV Assessing your personal network 62
Making connections: "Networking" is not a dirty word 63
Arranging the placement before you go 64
Making it happen once you are there 66
Lessening the burden on your local international hosts 68
Action steps 70
7. Overcoming Financial Obstacles 72
Why pay to volunteer? 73
General suggestions for fundraising 73
The six steps of successful fundraising 75
Worksheet V Figuring out what you will need and setting your budget 76
Develop a fundraising plan 78
The ABCs of creatively financing your international volunteer experience 78
Worksheet VI Developing a fundraising plan 80
Sample fundraising plan 82
Sample fundraising letter 85
Basic principles of fundraising 86
Action steps 90
8. What to Do before You Go 91
Obtaining a passport 91
Securing any necessary visas 93
Preparing for a healthy experience 95
Making your travel arrangements 98
Packing your bags 99
Money: figuring out how much you will need and how you are going to carry it 101
Educating yourself about the country where you will volunteer 105
Volunteering here before you go 109
Educating yourself about development 109
Learning the language 109
Communicating with home 110
Managing your expectations 111
Action steps 112
9. How to Be an Effective International Volunteer 113
Moving from culture shock to cultural integration 113
Five character traits of highly effective volunteers 117
Ten things effective volunteers do 119
Exercise extreme caution in friendship, love, sex, dating, and marriage 123
Self-Awareness and effective volunteering 128
Worksheet VII Expectation analysis chart 129
Worksheet VIII Skills inventory 130
Staying safe and staying healthy 133
Dealing with challenges in the field 137
Action steps 143
10. Staying Involved After You Get Back 145
Immediate re-entry: Hometown hero or stranger in a strange land? 145
Staying connected 150
Staying involved in the long term: Personal transformation and concerted action 151
Continue to seek knowledge 152
Worksheet IX Deciding what I am going to share with others 159
International careers 164
Go forth and change the world 167
Action steps 167
11. The Peace Corps 169
The Peace Corps: An overview 170
The pros and cons of the Peace Corps 176
Observations and commentary 191
The Peace Corps in the context of U.S. Foreign Policy 192
The Peace Corps as a public relations agency of the U.S. government: Image vs. reality 193
Many Peace Corps volunteers do make a contribution 194
Making your decision 194
If you do choose the Peace Corps 195
12. Organizational Profiles 198
13. Parting Words 414
Bonus Section A Alternatives to Volunteering Overseas 416
Study abroad 416
Travel abroad 419
Work abroad 422
Doing good at home 424
Bonus Section B Additional Volunteer Organizations Not Profiled 427
Index of Profiled Organizations 443
Region 443
Length of volunteer experience 448
Costs 452
Type of work 452
Couples, children, age, nationality, and degree programs 460
Survey for Returned and Prospective Overseas Volunteers 465
www.volunteeroverseas.org 467
Rove: Returned Overseas Volunteers 467
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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Exactly what I was looking for

    "How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas", is an amazing reference book for anyone who is interested in traveling abroad and even for those who are seasoned volunteer travelers. This book answered every question I had about volunteering abroad and things I hadn't thought of. The authors tell about themselves, their research, and the work they have done in the beginning, then allow you to examine your motivations for wanting to volunteer. They assess if they are the right motivations through self-assessments, if they are not the right motivations they recommend and explain other types of travel. They end with a thorough and organized index of volunteer organizations they have researched and allow you to choose by category. It's a great book by several very experienced overseas volunteers. I recommend it to anyone who is curious and/or serious about volunteering abroad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2003

    Excellent Resource

    This book not only provides a good list of programs that are available, with descriptions of each, but the whole front of the book provides exercises to help think through what kind of program would work best for you, and is really a great resource for understanding what your motivators are for doing volunteer work abroad and if it is the right fit for you. I highly recommend this to anyone who is thinking about doing volunteer work overseas. It's a great starting point.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2002

    This Book is a Treasure

    This book is a treasure. It is a good book for anyone in the age group of about 18-75 of any ethnicity, religion and socio-economic background. It addresses safety, among other issues, for women travelers. This book includes more than information one could find on the Internet about particular opportunities and organizations in any region of the world. It includes in depth studies as well as information for the person considering volunteering overseas to examine his/her motivations and come up with criteria to apply to choosing an organization as well as a location. In addition, this book discusses issues surrounding language barriers and how to overcome the obstacles as well as use the volunteer opportunity to become fluent in another language. This book makes a wonderful gift.

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