Go on a Volunteer Vacation
These companies offer unique opportunities to leave your mark on the world. (All programs offer weeklong options and longer-term commitments.)
Cross-Cultural Solutions: Care for the elderly in Russia or assist shantytown residents in Salvador, Brazil. The company has staff in each country to help facilitate the 1- to 12-week trips (crossculturalsolutions.org).
Global Citizens Network: Volunteer in Guatemala, Nepal, Tanzania, and other far-flung places, or volunteer in the United States. Paint homes with the Navajo Nation in Arizona or restore a community center in the Appalachian Mountains (globalcitizens.org).
Globe Aware: Make adobe stoves in Peru, assemble wheelchairs for land-mine victims in Cambodia, or build libraries in Vietnam (globeaware.com).