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How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas is the first comprehensive guide to international volunteerism for Americans of all ages -- from college students to senior citizens. Joseph Collins, Stefano DeZerega, and Zahara Heckscher -- all founders of respected volunteer organizations -- share everything you need to know about volunteering in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.
Foreword xi Acknowledgments xiii Our stories xv How to use this book xxv 1. International Volunteering: What Is It? Why Do It? 1 What is international volunteering? 1 The rewards of international volunteering 2 How volunteers contribute 6 2. Is Volunteering Overseas Right for You? 12 International volunteering: Is it for you? 12 Examining your motivations 12 Worksheet I Things that motivate you to volunteer 13 To volunteer or not to volunteer 16 Action steps 17 3. The Big Picture: International Volunteering in Context 18 A brief history of helping 19 "Development" and the international volunteer 20 What is the path to development? 22 Obstacles to development 23 So what is a volunteer to do? 25 Beyond good intentions 26 Action steps 28 4. Choosing an Organization 29 Assessing your interests and personal needs 29 Special needs and considerations 42 Worksheet II Assessing your interests and special needs 45 Digging deeper: Examining the values and philosophies of international service 48 Worksheet III Questions to illuminate an organization's philosophy of development 49 Beyond your service overseas 50 Before you sign on the dotted line 50 Do the right thing 50 Action steps 51 5. The Ideal Volunteer Organization and the State of the Field 53 The ideal volunteer placement organization 53 International volunteering: State of the field 55 6. Doing it without a Program 58 The pros of volunteering independently 59 The cons of volunteering independently 60 Getting organized to volunteer independently 61 Worksheet IV Assessing your personal network 62 Making connections: "Networking" is not a dirty word 63 Arranging the placement before you go 64 Making it happen once you are there 66 Lessening the burden on your local international hosts 68 Action steps 70 7. Overcoming Financial Obstacles 72 Why pay to volunteer? 73 General suggestions for fundraising 73 The six steps of successful fundraising 75 Worksheet V Figuring out what you will need and setting your budget 76 Develop a fundraising plan 78 The ABCs of creatively financing your international volunteer experience 78 Worksheet VI Developing a fundraising plan 80 Sample fundraising plan 82 Sample fundraising letter 85 Basic principles of fundraising 86 Action steps 90 8. What to Do before You Go 91 Obtaining a passport 91 Securing any necessary visas 93 Preparing for a healthy experience 95 Making your travel arrangements 98 Packing your bags 99 Money: figuring out how much you will need and how you are going to carry it 101 Educating yourself about the country where you will volunteer 105 Volunteering here before you go 109 Educating yourself about development 109 Learning the language 109 Communicating with home 110 Managing your expectations 111 Action steps 112 9. How to Be an Effective International Volunteer 113 Moving from culture shock to cultural integration 113 Five character traits of highly effective volunteers 117 Ten things effective volunteers do 119 Exercise extreme caution in friendship, love, sex, dating, and marriage 123 Self-Awareness and effective volunteering 128 Worksheet VII Expectation analysis chart 129 Worksheet VIII Skills inventory 130 Staying safe and staying healthy 133 Dealing with challenges in the field 137 Action steps 143 10. Staying Involved After You Get Back 145 Immediate re-entry: Hometown hero or stranger in a strange land? 145 Staying connected 150 Staying involved in the long term: Personal transformation and concerted action 151 Continue to seek knowledge 152 Worksheet IX Deciding what I am going to share with others 159 International careers 164 Go forth and change the world 167 Action steps 167 11. The Peace Corps 169 The Peace Corps: An overview 170 The pros and cons of the Peace Corps 176 Observations and commentary 191 The Peace Corps in the context of U.S. Foreign Policy 192 The Peace Corps as a public relations agency of the U.S. government: Image vs. reality 193 Many Peace Corps volunteers do make a contribution 194 Making your decision 194 If you do choose the Peace Corps 195 12. Organizational Profiles 198 13. Parting Words 414 Bonus Section A Alternatives to Volunteering Overseas 416 Study abroad 416 Travel abroad 419 Work abroad 422 Doing good at home 424 Bonus Section B Additional Volunteer Organizations Not Profiled 427 Index of Profiled Organizations 443 Region 443 Length of volunteer experience 448 Costs 452 Type of work 452 Couples, children, age, nationality, and degree programs 460 Survey for Returned and Prospective Overseas Volunteers 465 www.volunteeroverseas.org 467 Rove: Returned Overseas Volunteers 467


Book: How to Live Your Dream of Volunteering Overseas
Author: , , , ,
ISBN-13: 9780142000717
Product Code 9780142000717
Binding: Paper Back
Publishing Date: December 2001
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Number of Pages: 496
Language: English

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