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Choosing to Volunteer Around the World

Deciding to Volunteer Abroad

After setting my Short Term Pre-Travel Goals in my last post, I began reviewing my finances.  What I found was, I don’t feel comfortable traveling about with my current financial situation.  However, after reading many sites about budget traveling, I believe that I don’t need to delay my adventures.  There are many amazing volunteer programs I would be honored to be a part of and that would be of interest to me.

So far, my favorite source of information is A Little Adrift’s Grassroots Volunteering Database.  I was happy to find many different types of opportunities, in very desirable locations.   There are animal sanctuaries, coffee farms and teaching opportunities, just to name a few.   I’m also considering World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) after reading Nomadic Matt’s post, How to Travel and Work Around the World with WWOOF.

My next move seems to be narrow down my choices and create a Curriculum Vitae (CV) or two.  I have an impressive engineering resume but It’s NOT what I need for my new adventures.  My time as an engineer at Lockheed Martin was very exciting and enjoyable.  However, I’m so happy not to be returning to that lifestyle.  I’m loving where my future is headed and now it’s time to start those CVs.

~Michelle

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Setting Short Term Pre-Travel Goals

Set Pre-Travel Goals

It’s time to set some pre-travel goals.  After reading many sites about this topic, I’m still a huge fan of Nomadic Matt’s site.  I really appreciate the Start Planning Your Next Adventure Here section.  The information is just what I need and the site arrangement and ease of use is top notch.  So anyhow, that’s enough fangirling Nomadic Matt, for now.  I believe the following to be my current short term pre-travel goals.

  1.  Get My Finances in Order
  2.  Obtain a Travel Credit Card
  3.  Define Travel on My Budget

I’m on it.  Hope to have details soon.

~Michelle