How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas, by Joseph Collins, Stefano Dezerega, Zahara Heckscher, Anna Lappe (Penguin USA, 2001, Kindle and print)
Useful resource information on volunteering in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Includes case studies, worksheets, and quotes from international volunteers.
Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others, by Bill McMillon, Doug Cutchins (Chicago Review Press, 2006, Kindle and print)
A listing of more than 250 charitable organizations and 2,000 projects worldwide that are looking for volunteers.
Volunteer: A Traveler’s Guide to Making a Difference Around the World, by Charlotte Hindle, Nate Cavalieri (Lonely Planet, 2007, Kindle and print)
Advice and resources on international volunteering opportunities, both short-term and long-term.
The Insider’s Guide to the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go by Dillon Banerjee (Ten Speed Press, 2009, Kindle and print)
Uses question-and-answer format to address the concerns teenagers and parents might harbor about joining the Peace Corps. Includes tips for travel and living overseas, and facts about Peace Corps projects.
Sending Americans off on worldwide volunteer projects since 1961. “The toughest job you’ll ever love.”
Institute for International Cooperation and Development
Trains and sends volunteers abroad for development and aid work in Africa and Latin America.
Volunteers for Peace
This Vermont-based organization offers inexpensive short-term voluntary service programs in over 80 countries.
An online resource that educates, empowers, and engages travelers in researching and implementing volunteer opportunities on the road.
Organization “committed to ensuring the safety, flexibility, professionalism, transparency, and excellence of volunteer abroad programs.” One-week to twelve-week programs available in over 20 program sites in 12 countries.
Canada World Youth
Develops international educational programs for youth aged 15 to 25. Works with countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe.
Transitions Abroad volunteering resources
Extensive rundowns of links, resources and articles about mixing travel and volunteering.
International Volunteer Programs Association
An up-to-date search site for international volunteer opportunities.
International Volunteerism Resource Center. Includes planning and preparation information as well as a searchable volunteer job database.
United Nations Volunteers
Website on volunteering with the UN.
Online database for overseas jobs and volunteer opportunities worldwide.
Online portal for information on how to live, work, and invest overseas.
iAgora.com, Work and Study Abroad Solutions
Online community for overseas work, study, and travel. Emphasis on Europe.
WWOOF — Willing Workers on Organic Farms
This exchange organization gives you room and board in return for your help in working and managing an organic farm or smallholding. Membership is inexpensive, and programs are available worldwide.
The Back Door Guide to Short-Term Job Adventures: Internships, Summer Jobs, Seasonal Work, Volunteer Vacations, and Transitions Abroad, by Michael Landes (Ten Speed Press, 2005). Available in print.
Insider tips and resources for finding short-term work and volunteer opportunities overseas.
Work Your Way Around the World, 14th Edition: A Fresh and Fully Up-to-Date Guide for the Modern Working Traveller, by Susan Griffith (Crimson, 2009). Available in print.
Advice on how to find short-term work around the world. Much of the resource information is geared more toward UK (rather than North American) travelers.
Transitions Abroad’s overseas work resources
Extensive rundowns of links, resources and articles about working overseas.
The Norton Book of Travel
An anthology of classic travel writing.
Marco Polo Didn’t Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer By Rolf Potts (Travelers’ Tales, 2008, Kindle and print)
Far-flung travel tales — and the stories behind the stories — from the author of Vagabonding.
The Best American Travel Writing
Annual collection of the year’s best travel stories.
Video Night in Kathmandu: And Other Reports from the Not-So-Far East
Pico Iyer’s classic collection of essays about Asia, and the romance between East and West.
My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere By Susan Orlean (Random House, 2005, Kindle, print, audio)
Susan Orlean shares her adventures near and far.
The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road
Travel writing insights, advice, and outtakes from literary icon Paul Theroux.
Jaguars Ripped My Flesh By Tim Cahill (Vintage, 1996, Kindle and print)
Exhilarating and humorous collection of adventure travel writing.
Lonely Planet The Best of Lonely Planet Travel Writing
A collection of the best stories from Lonely Planet’s literary travel anthologies.
The Best Women’s Travel Writing: True Stories from Around the World
An annual anthology of the best travel writing by female wanderers.
The Kindness of Strangers By Don George (Lonely Planet, 2003, print)
Stories of kindness and connection around the world.
Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler
Inspiration and tips for keeping a travel journal.
Publishers of stories, wit and wisdom from travelers around the world