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The Ultimate Guide: How To Volunteer Abroad

This is your how to volunteer abroad guide! Whether this is your first trip, or you are an experienced traveler, this guide will surely help you plan your next volunteer adventure. It contains over 50 pages of tips, tricks, expert interviews, and invaluable resources. Enjoy!

With interviews and advice from the experts

Ken Budd

Author, The Voluntourist

Ken Budd, author of the award-winning memoir The Voluntourist, has written for The New York Times, Smithsonian, National Geographic, The Washington Post and many more publications. He is the host of 650,000 Hours, a web series that will debut in 2016.



Cristina is the editor of, an experiential travel blog focusing on authentic and local experiences. She was also a Top 25 Travel Blogger of 2014 by FlipKey-TripAdvisor and a Top 100 Canadian Travel Blogger in 2013 by

Anne Lise Kjaer

Founder, Kjaer Global

Anne Lise Kjaer is a London-based futurist and keynote speaker. Her specialty is futures studies and consumer mindsets. She is founder of Kjaer Global,a trend forecasting agency that works with corporations, including Sony, Nokia, Swarovski, IKEA, Gap and Toyota.

Matt Long


Matt adventures with thousands of readers every day through his award winning site He has a bad case of the travel bug, and travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience all the world has to offer.

Shannon O'Donnell


Shannon is a speaker, blogger for a little adrift, founder of, author of The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook and National Geographic Traveler of the Year in 2013. As seen in: BBC, USA Today, lonely planet, Cosmopolitan.IT, and many more.

Kathryn Pisco

Founder, Unearth The World

After quitting the corporate world for a life of travel and volunteering, Kathryn created Unearth The World, a volunteer placement company that promotes unique and life changing volunteer travel experiences.

Robert Schrader

Founder, Leave Your Daily Hell

Robert Schrader is the founder of Leave Your Daily Hell, one of the most visited independent travel websites in the world, as seen in CNN,, Business Insider, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, USA Today, The Sydney Morning Herald and Details Collection.

Jessica Wynne Lockhart

Author, Go A Little Further

Jessica Wynne Lockhart is the author of Go A Little Further Travel, contributing editor at Verge Magazine, a publication devoted to travel with a purpose, and marketing manager for the Go Global Expo. She has appeared in Chatelaine and the Toronto Star.

Craig Zabransky


Craig writes tales of travel to inspire others to make adventure in their life. He owns and operates, a travel blog which has been seen on Fox and Friends, AOL, SiriusXM Radio,, Work Style Magazine, and others.

A quick look inside the guide

'The Ultimate Guide: How to Volunteer Abroad' contains over 50 pages of helpful tips, tricks and resources to get you out the door and traveling the world. If you're new to volunteering abroad, this guide will key you in on some very important aspects of international travel. If you are an experienced traveler, there is sure to be useful information for you too.

  • Travel with a purpose
  • How to start
  • Choosing your program(s)
  • Choosing your destination(s)
  • Fundraising tips
  • What to expect in-country
  • Short term volunteering
  • Making an impact
  • Why travel now?
  • Resource links