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Volunteer the World Over: How to Travel by Making a Difference

Helen in Thailand with village school students

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About the Presentation

Want to learn about volunteering abroad…and get school credit? Learn all the tips from an experienced world traveler who’s used academics and volunteering opportunities to fuel her travels.  Most students aren’t aware of all the ways in which they can travel and have school money help sponsor their trips. Book Helen, an expert on volunteering abroad, to speak at your school today. The hour-long Volunteer the World Over: How to Travel by Making a Difference is an upbeat presentation that will not only inform students but will also empower them to take the next steps to travel and volunteer. The presentation is filled with epic stories and pictures from around the world and includes:

  • How to travel through volunteering
  • How to pick and evaluate a volunteering abroad program
  • What to expect when volunteering abroad
  • How to fund your volunteering experience
  • How to get class credit for volunteering abroad
  • A drawing for a free plane ticket in the US

About Helen

Over Helen’s travels, she’s bungee-jumped in China, hiked Mt. Fuji, lived with elephants in Thailand, was a crew member on The World by Road Expedition and volunteered at the Beijing Olympics. Academically, Helen’s resume includes:

  • Co-writing a book with voluntourism.org’s founder David Clemmons on voluntourism
  • Panelist for “Emerson Perspectives on China,” Boston, October 2008
  • Panelists for “Beijing Olympics: A Bird’s Nest View?” Graduate IMC Symposium, Boston, November 2008
  • Volunteered at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Paralympics
  • Volunteered at the Elephant Nature Park in Chang Mai, Thailand
  • Wrote Masters thesis on Voluntourism
  • Traveled with The World By Road Expedition through Southeast Asia, summer 2007
  • Studied abroad at Middlesex University in London fall 2005
  • Backpacked Europe summer of 2005
  • Volunteered at the 2005 World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany

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