Here is a list of books, guides, and travel kits especially for those thinking of or planning a volunteer trip or vacation.
Alternatives to the Peace Corps: A Guide to Global Volunteer Opportunities, 12th Edition by Caitlin Hachmyer
Helps you find community-based, grassroots volunteer work – the kind of work that changes the world, one person at a time.
Lonely Planet Gap Year Book by Charlotte Hindle
The Gap Year Book – a definitive, practical guide to planning and taking a year out. Packed with essential advice on pre-trip preparation and planning, the inside track on when and where to go, and numerous ideas on what to do, this book is a one-stop gap year shop.
Green Volunteers: The World Guide to Voluntary Work in Nature Conservation by Fabio Ausenda A comprehensive handbook provides an up-to-date and easy to use resource for prospective volunteers interested in working in environmental work world-wide.
Volunteer: A Traveler’s Guide to Making a Difference Around the World from Lonley Planet
Are you looking for a more meaningful travel experience? Do you want to give back to the communities you visit, make a genuine connection with locals, meet like-minded travelers and build your skills? International volunteering opens up all these opportunities, and this book has all the advice you need to get you there.
Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others by Bill McMillon
Details thousands of opportunities for anyone wanting to see the world with a purpose.
The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations to Enrich Your Life by Pam Grout
From building houses in Appalachia to saving sea turtles in Costa Rica to teaching English in Thailand, this book is a rich resource of ways to use your skills to help out the world and reap some lasting benefits yourself.
How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas by Joseph Collins
More than 100,000 people contact the Peace Corps every year, but only 3,000 are placed overseas. To help more Americans find volunteer opportunities aborad Joseph Collins, Stefano DeZerega, and Zahara Heckscher-all founders of respected volunteer organizations-have written a guide that provide all the necessary information on volunteering in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.
Looking Forward: An Optimist’s Guide to Retirement by Ellen Freudenheim
In an engaging, encouraging tone, she tells readers of the baby boomer generation how to successfully pursue everything from second careers to additional academic degrees to volunteer work.
Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others by Bill McMillon This popular guide profiles more than 250 charitable organizations and 2,000 projects worldwide that need volunteers.
Volunteering Around the Globe: Life Changing Travel Adventures by Suzanne Stone
From the Australian wilderness to a peace center in Ireland, from a school in a remote Tanzanian village to an archeological dig in Spain, from a Romanian school to the Amazon forest each description of more than 35 trips contain a personal account of what the adventure was really like, what was good and what was bad, who was met, and why the volunteer can t wait to do it again or not.
The Busy Family’s Guide to Volunteering: Doing Good Together by Jenny Friedman
Volunteering is an important way to cultivate compassion, gratitude, and empathy in children and to bring families together in meaningful ways. For busy parents who want to spend time with their kids while still contributing to their community, family volunteering is an op-portunity to combine two commitments into one.
World Volunteers (3rd Edition): The World Guide to Humanitarian and Development Volunteering (World Volunteers: The World Guide to Humanitarian & Development Volu) by Fabio Ausenda
This guide is a great tool for people without previous volunteering experience abroad who want to get involved in humanitarian aid projects throughout the world.
Your Gap Year: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Year Out the Adventure of a Lifetime (5th Edition)
The definitive guide to the opportunities available for students who want to take a year out before or after going to college or university.
Alexa Meisler is the editorial director of 52 Perfect Days. Born in Paris, France she has since lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She currently resides in San Diego with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring California and Mexico.
Travel has always been a part of her life; traveling to such places as Morocco, Tangiers and Spain as a young child as well as taking many road trips to Mexico with her grandparents as a young girl. Since then, she has traveled abroad to locations such as Russia, Taiwan and throughout Europe.
Prior to working at 52 Perfect Days she was a freelance travel writer; focusing on family and women’s adventure experiences.