Dating, 21st century style: volunteer matchmakers
Idealist.org : Action without borders
Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives. Over 57,000 nonprofit organizations from more than 180 countries have created profiles on Idealist.org. They use these profiles to list information about their missions, programs, services, and opportunities.
Volunteermatch.org : helping everyone find a great place to volunteer.
Targeted at US residents, it is the only non-for-profit service included in TIME magazine's list of "Top 10 Websites" for 2007. This search engine for volunteerism has made more than 3 million referrals to socially responsible Web surfers. Some 52,000 nonprofit organizations recruit help through the site. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement.
Nabuur : the global neighbour network
Nabuur links you directly with people around the world who need your assistance now. All you need is a computer, a little free time, and the desire to make a difference. All volunteering is done via the web.
Betterplace.org: People in need of support, meet others who want to help. One to one. Worldwide.
find social projects from around the world or in your own
neighbourhood. Projects you can directly support: by offering donations
in money, kind, know-how, or time – as an individual or a company. On
betterplace you can experience directly, in text and image, the concrete
difference your contribution is making.
All for Good
A volunteer opportunity search engine to help people connect with volunteer activities in their communities. The site brings together service opportunities from local and national organizations to help you find volunteer activities that fit your time and interests.
Take a holiday... and do some good
There's is no doubt that travel can open your eyes to the world - and once they're open, it's hard to ignore some of the problems you see. There's an increasing number of people looking for more meaningful ways to travel - everything from treading lightly on the environment to giving your time and skills to help those who really need it to funding much needed projects.
You're likely to get confused by the range of terms used to describe this new wave of good will... called voluntourism, traveler's philanthropy, responsible travel, here's some links to help you find the travel experience you're after:
Responsible Travel Guidelines
If you're planning a trip, read what these people have to say on the topic:
Intrepid Travel's - Top 12 tips for responsible travel
World Expeditions - download the great booklet about how to travel thoughtfully
Sustainable Travel International - responsible travel info and resources:
The International Ecotoursim Society - the global peak body for responsible tourism operators:
World Expeditions' Community Project Travel
Project Travel is a unique “philanthropy” program that we have operated
since 2005, functioning entirely as a ‘not-for profit’ division of our
company that offers purposeful adventures for everyday travellers. How
does it work? Combine your holiday with 3 to 6 days volunteer work in a
remote area. Part of your trip cost pays for the relevant building
materials and local project manager. During the community work, you'll
live and work alongside local people.
The Blue Yonder: Responsible travel trips in India
We promote responsible tourism in a sustainable way that is economically, ecologically and socially just. Explore India through river rafting or a country boat cruise, legend trails, rain forest trekking, camping, walking safari, vehicle safari, music trails, marital arts, folk expressions, culinary trails or just lazing...
Recipient of 2007 Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards and prestigious Responsible Tourism Award at the 2006 World Travel Mart in London
Responsible Travel: holidays that give the world a break.
Hand-picked holidays from 100s of specialist operators who care about the environment & local people
i-to-i : meaningful travel
From a simple two-week volunteer placement to a combined volunteering adventure lasting over two months, i-to-i offer a huge range of meaningful travel experiences.
Hands Up Holidays : adventures that count
Luxury Volunteering (Voluntourism) trips: eco-adventures blending sightseeing with a taste of volunteering
Edge of Africa: Give the edge, volunteer in Africa
... committed to ethical volunteering and responsible
travelling- providing volunteer and internship placements in South
Africa for gap years, career breaks, university internships, school
groups and corporate team building projects
Muchbetter Adventures Volunteer Holidays: muchbetter was born from a belief that travel, rather than part of the problem, can be part of the solution. Designed for people who can only give a short time and so are geared towards making the most of the time available
World Expeditions' Charity Challenges
Help raise money for charity by booking a charity-partnered trip, and World Expedition will pay a specific donation on your behalf. Take the charity challenge and fundraise the target amount, then reward yourself with the trip and the charity receives your donation.
Projects Beyond: travelling and volunteering in Kenya
Volunteers help communities abroad, using their skills while on a career break they volunteer overseas, teach English abroad, work in childcare/home, women projects.
VSO: Voluntary Service Overseas
VSO is an international development charity that works through volunteers. We are by far the largest independent volunteer-sending agency in the world and recruit volunteers from across the globe to help tackle the root of the causes of poverty.
AVI : Australian Volunteers International
For Australian citizens and permanent residents ; Take your career skills down an important path as a paid, professional volunteer on assignments in developing communities overseas.
Global Volunteer Network: Connecting people with Communities in Need
The Global Volunteer Network (GVN) offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects throughout the world. We currently provide volunteer programs through our partner organizations in 20 countries.
World Youth International: "We make a difference in children's lives"
WYI is a not for profit, non-religious & non-political volunteer organisation, that works in global partnerships to create sustainable community development projects. Programs available in South America, Africa and Asia.
Conservation Volunteers : Awareness Action Conservation since 1982
The leading practical environmental conservation NGO in Australia, welcoming over 13,000 volunteers (including 2,000 international travellers) to join programs across Australia annually.
Earthwatch: Citizens and scientists working together for a sustainable planet.
international non-profit organization that brings science to life for people concerned about the Earth's future. More than 93,000 volunteers sent to the field to work alongside 1000 scientists since 1971. See global site
Geovisions ; Really interesting ways to learn about Your world
Offers volunteer projects over 35 countries. From teaching, rescuing wild animals, and community