Author(s): Andrew Mersmann
"Frommer's 500" places to make a difference. Make a profound difference in how you travel. This guidebook leads you to places around the globe where you can serve communities while exploring them in a unique, connected way. From caring for orphans in Delhi, India, to teaching English on the beaches of Salvador, Brazil, to tracking dolphins in Oahu, Hawaii, or building a school in Madagascar, you'll find an adventure that matches your interests and lets you see your destination with new eyes. The book will inspire you with both short- and long-term travel choices, while giving you accurate pricing, trip provider contact information, suggestions on nearby sites to visit, and advice on how to pick the right trip for you. See the world in extraordinary ways. Care for baby elephants in Sri Lanka. Restore a medieval village in Tuscany, Italy Work with scientists inside the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Live with the Maasai people in Kenya. Teach swimming to children in Fiji. Study mammoth bones in South Dakota.
This inspirational guide offers a glimpse into the unwavering courage of the world's most downtrodden and underprivileged survivors.' (Real Travel, February 2010).
Chapter 1 Animal Welfare. Surveying Wildlife. Rescue & Protection. Animal Habitats. 10 Beaches Where Wildlife Comes First. Chapter 2 Working with Children. Orphanages. 10 Ways to Give Schools the Tools for Learning. At-Risk Youth & Street Kids. Safe Spaces to Play. Chapter 3 Sharing Your Knowledge: Teaching Vacations. English as a Second Language. 10 Places to Learn a Language While You Teach One. Arts, Crafts & Business. Libraries & Learning Centers. Chapter 4 Scientific Research. Archaelogy. Marine Life. Museums, Zoos & Aquariums. 10 Ways to Help Find the Next Source of Energy. Chapter 5 Healing the Environment. Conservation Work. Tree Planting. Greening & Cleaning. 10 Places to Connect the World: Trail Building. Farm & Ranch. Chapter 6 Building Better Communities. Construction & Manual Labor. Clean Water Projects. Rebuilding After Disaster. Working with the Homeless. 10 Hotel & Volunteer Packages. Chapter 7 Share the Health. HIV/AIDS Education. People with Special Needs. 10 Food Banks in Tourist Hot Spots. Malaria & Other Diseases. Chapter 8 Teaching Through Sport. Coaching & Training. 10 Places to Shout "GOOOAAAALLLLL!!!". Equipping the Game. Chapter 9 Bridging Cultures. Indigenous Peoples . Historical Preservation. 10 Ways to Keep Memories Alive: Oral History Projects. Music. Chapter 10 Special Events. Festivals & Tournaments. 10 Charity Fundraisers: Making Them Happen. One-Day Events. Chapter 11 Crossing Generations. Helping Seniors . 10 Trips for Grandparents and Grandchildren. Family & Youth Trips. Preserving Memories. Chapter 12 Getting Political. Human Rights. Refugee Relief. Women's Rights. 10 Celebrity-Inspired Volunteer Opportunities. Chapter 13 Peace-Building. Conflict Resolution & Security. 10 Memorials Where Your Help is Monumental. Healing Postwar Communities. Working With & For Veterans. Chapter 14 Spiritual Service. Retreats. Faith-based Assistance. 10 Religious Pilgrimages with Service Elements. Chapter 15 Bringing Expertise: Opportunities for Those with Specialized Skills. Medical Professionals. 10 Places to Bring Back Smiles: Dentistry Programs. Other Professionals. Choosing Which Volunteer Vacation Is Right for You. Geographical Index. Alphabetical Index.