We get a lot of questions from people about how and where to volunteer abroad. The choices can be overwhelming, as there are many different volunteer models and it can be overwhelming trying to figure out volunteer placement services. Our suggestion is to do your research thoroughly, and if you chose to go with a volunteer placement company be sure to ask how much of the money is actually going to the local organization.
First, take a good luck at your skills and interests to determine what type of volunteer experience will not only match your skills, but also provide the most benefit for the host organization. If you can, try to spend more than just a week as the real benefit of volunteering to a local organization or community comes with a longer term commitment. If you are interested in volunteering abroad we suggest you check out The Volunteer Traveler's Handbook and Grassroots Volunteering (a database to connect travelers with local organizations and causes) by Shannon O'Donnell.
More reading on ethical or responsible volunteering with Learning Service.