Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
The aim of this page is to share some resources, as I hope that more people get the chance to travel. Feel free to let me know about other opportunities and organizations!
Many of these I know about from friends and/or family members, if not from my own experience. A couple I know less about, but look promising. Click the table headings to sort.
|Peace Corps||You've probably heard of it, but may not realize you can do it at any age. Sign up for their newsletter.|
|Jesuit Volunteer Corps||Similar to the Peace Corps; focus on social justice and many opportunities domestically, as well.|
|VSO: Voluntary Service Overseas||"Professional volunteering" so you can do various things that you may already do in a career. Shorter programs for 18-25 year olds.|
|Engineers Without Borders||Engineering service group with chapters for professionals and through universities. Opportunities to volunteer on projects domestically and abroad.|
|Doctors Without Borders (MSF/DWB)||Primarily medical/healthcare professionals, but they also need logisticians and lab technicians. They have many opportunities in many countries.|
|American Red Cross||They help those in need, whether that be in crises or developing countries. They have opportunities abroad and locally.|
|Teach for America||Typically college grads spend two years working in an urban or rural school through this program. Full teaching salary received.|
|Young Adults in Global Mission||Evangelical Lutheran Church group; similar groups exist in other denominations, too|
|Appalachia Service Project||Voluntary home repair in Central Appalachia.|
|WorldTeach||Teach abroad for a year, in various countries.|
|Xavier High School||Micronesian school that accepts international volunteers.|
|International School Moshi||Tanzanian school with two campuses that accepts international student teachers (also has potential for full-time jobs).|
|Engineering World Health Summer Institute||Students in the sciences help repair medical technology in this summer program.|
|Bike Zambia||Bike trip across Zambia to raise money and awareness of HIV.|
|Theatre for a Change||This group conducts plays abroad to teach things sexual and reproductive health for women and girls.|
|EF College Break||Travel on shorter trips to various countries. Expensive, but they handle logistics. Aimed at 18-28 year olds.|
|StudyAbroad.com||Lists programs and universities that offer study abroad programs.|
|The Hungry Partier||20-something guy who I like following because he's open minded and uses technology well to communicate to the millenial generation|
Final notes: You can just drive/fly somewhere and wander. You don't have to plan extensively or go through an organization. Spontaneous adventures like this are a way you can explore and learn on your own or with others.
Even if you are unable to physically travel, you can read the world.