Book Review: The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations

The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations to Enrich Your Life by Pam Grout is more than just another Top 100 style travel book. Volunteer vacations (aka voluntourism) are becoming more and more popular – Grout quotes a 2008 study which says 40% of Americans would like to do some volunteering while on vacation – and finding volunteer opportunities which offer a good deal to both sides is something everyone could use some help with.

100 Best Volunteer Vacations

The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations has a simple enough concept: it’s divided up into seven continental-type regions, with a bunch of volunteer vacation opportunities described in each. But it’s more than just a simple catalog, because each opportunity gets at least two pages, and sometimes four or five, devoted to it – describing how the organisation began, listing the typical tasks of volunteers, providing extra information and anecdotes in pull-out boxes, and finishing up with some contact information and a rough estimate of costs for volunteers.

The types of volunteer work included are many and varied – from working in a soup kitchen in Argentina to bottle-feeding orphaned lion cubs in Zambia, and a whole lot of other stuff in between. It’s a great resource to inspire people to find different volunteer opportunities.
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