Selected Resources

Alternatives to the Peace Corps: A Guide to Global Volunteer Opportunities, 12th edition, Caitlin Hachmyer, Editor

Food First, 146 pages, 2008

Alternatives to the Peace Corps is a valuable resource for finding community-based volunteer work. The book includes listings for more than one hundred national and international organizations; guidelines for researching and evaluating volunteer organizations; budgeting and fundraising tips; and a resource section of books, websites, and organizations for further reading and research. Print.

Delaying the Real World: A Twentysomething's Guide to Seeking Adventure, Colleen Kinder

Running Press, 240 pages, 2005

This book was written as a guide to encourage recent grads to craft their own life-changing adventures and paths other than schooling followed by office work. The author describes a wide range of alternative paths and includes testimonials by those charting unconventional career paths. Delaying the Real World also contains a list of relevant resources, including information regarding travel grants. Print.


Website:, in addition to its many other functions, offers an extensive list (with brief descriptions and links) of organizations that offer volunteer positions abroad in all parts of the world.

See also chapter 9 in this volume.

Transitions Abroad: The Guide to Learning, Living, Working, and Volunteering Overseas

See chapter 5 in this volume.


A member of the family, this site is part of a one-stop shop for students who wish to travel internationally for different reasons and in different capacities, including volunteer work.

Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others, Doug Cutchins, Anne Geissinger, and Bill McMillon

Chicago Review Press, 464 pages, 2012 (

This sourcebook (in its eleventh edition) details numerous opportunities for those who wish to spend short periods abroad on service-oriented programs. Volunteer organizations are listed, along with the type of volunteer work to be performed and skills required. The book also contains a variety of brief volunteer journals that illustrate the impact of volunteer service abroad, both on the recipients of the service and on the volunteers. Print.

See also chapter 5 in this volume.


The International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA) is an alliance of nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations involved in international volunteer and internship exchanges. Its homepage is equipped with a detailed search function that allows you to search for specific volunteer opportunities abroad. It also highlights tips on the whys and hows of volunteering abroad. The IVPA member list provides names, descriptions, and links for more than thirty international voluntary organizations. Web.

World Volunteers: The World Guide to Humanitarian and Development Volunteering, Fabio Ausenda and Erin McCloskey

Universe, 256 pages, 2008

This fourth edition of World Volunteers is designed as a resource for those who wish to get involved in humanitarian aid projects throughout the world. Both long-term and short-term projects are listed. In addition, as a resource for those without previous volunteer experience abroad, the book includes information about organizations offering work camps, which can help familiarize volunteers with humanitarian and development work. Print.

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