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Is my Volunteer trip tax-deductible?

Date: October 8th, 2007 | 1 comment

Donate your car, your old clothes, even your stereo and, in America, the government lets you write it off and deduct it from your annual contribution to the country. But does your time earn you the same earn you the same leeway? Is a trip to build houses in Mexico a deductible donation?
The short answer [read more]

21 “Tips” from Safe Traveler

Date: September 25th, 2007 | No Comments

The folks over at Safe Traveler today provide us today with 21 ways to make our volunteer travel experiences safer.
After sorting through the generic travel advice and the tips designed to scare us into buying a spy report on the area, the list turns into more like six pieces of advice that apply to us [read more]

Via Brave New Traveler: Changing The World On Vacation, Documentary Film

Date: September 7th, 2007 | No Comments

Brave New Traveler founder Ian MacKenzie has a great habit of letting the Volunteer Logue in on things when something relevant is published on his site via the Contact Us page. The latest is an interview with filmmaker Daniela Kon, who recently finished filming Changing the World On Vacation: NGO Volunteers and the Politics of [read more]

From Brave New Traveler: The Complete Guide To Volunteer Tourism

Date: July 26th, 2007 | No Comments

Brave New Traveler recently published an article called The Complete Guide To Volunteer Tourism, by Christina Heyniger.
This guide provides a useful general overview of selecting a volunteer program if you go the route of utilizing a provider or placement organization. It recommends starting by assessing your own interests which is of course a [read more]

Language Learning Tips: “Crowd Pleasers”

Date: July 15th, 2007 | 2 comments

If you plan on doing some language learning before you volunteer, all the more power to you. For those cases where you can only make basic progress, Andrew Wahba of the True Travellers Society had a great tip:
“I like to go with a ridiculous question or something not particularly important like ‘do you [read more]

You can represent 5% of your Nation’s GDP

Date: October 1st, 2007 | No Comments

Empirical data ruled last week as the United Nations, with Johns Hopkins University, took a close look at volunteerism and volunteer-travel at a conference in Bonn, Germany.
The meeting saw the release of the long-titled but relatively succinct document, “Measuring Civil Society and Volunteering: Initial Findings from Implementation of the UN Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions,” [read more]

Global XChange From VSO: Six Month Volunteer Exchange Program

Date: September 10th, 2007 | 1 comment

VSO, whose motto is “promoting volunteering to fight global poverty and disadvantage”, has built a reputation organizing two-year placements for international volunteers, including those with qualifications or experience in the field they will work in (read the story written by one VSO volunteer in Sri Lanka at the TEFL Logue). Now, VSO is offering [read more]

One Last Tip For Selecting A Volunteer Program

Date: July 28th, 2007 | No Comments

A whopping number of volunteer programs pass before my eyes in my research for this logue; I also browse through a good deal of advice on how to select a program. There are many different lenses you can look at this advice through, and I appreciate the effort that goes into compiling tips that [read more]

Citizenship And ESL Volunteers

Date: July 26th, 2007 | No Comments

If you’re craving some connection to other cultures but can’t leave home, consider volunteering with a local organization that provides ESL or citizenship classes to immigrants and/or refugees. Working one on one with people is a great way to learn about his or her life experiences and culture.
To volunteer as an ESL teacher or [read more]

Language Learning For International Volunteers

Date: July 15th, 2007 | 1 comment

Most people agree that learning the language is a good thing; in practice though, it is neither simple nor always practical, especially if you travel to a place with a rare or difficult language.
If you need Spanish, French or Chinese and an in-person class is not a practical option, the Loquella Language Tool is not [read more]

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