Teaching English in a classroom abroad is the standard in volunteer vacations, but there are plenty of other options.
If you’re in business or marketing, the International Executive Service Corps could use your help teaching fledgling capitalists in Eastern Europe and Africa.
Alternately, with i-to-i.com, you can help journalists at a music magazine in Bangalore put their work online.
And if you’re in the medical profession, don’t teach English; teach medicine with Health Volunteers Overseas.
And if you’re into high-tech, there’s Geekcorps, which could use your help to bring technology to the developing world.
So don’t take just any volunteer vacation; use your interests and talents to make a difference.
For more information about helpful vacations, see Voluntourism.
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