In a travel realm fixated on the most posh, the most remote, the most insider, the most bucket-list worthy—we liked the idea of revisiting that universal moment when the yearn to discover the world first mattered... and what that looks like today. Here's to those planning their first epic journey, and to all the rest of us who remember that first no-plans, no-strings, no-limits walkabout like we remember our first kiss. Afterward, we knew we'd never be the same.
When I applied to be a Peace Corps volunteer, I said I would go anywhere and work in any sector. I remember telling my father (who is a former Peace Corps volunteer) where I had been assigned to go. He told me, “You said you would go anywhere, and you got anywhere.”
Peace Corps volunteer Emily Crane talks about her experience living in Kyrgyzstan and how it has changed her in meaningful, lasting ways.
Follow your Wanderlust and change the world
Here's some great overview info on how to make a difference while exploring far-off corners of the globe. From Volunteerforever.com:
We’re taking the guesswork out of choosing a great volunteer abroad program. Using our database of 800 international volunteer organizations; 2,500 program reviews; and 10,000 volunteer abroad fundraisers who have collectively raised $2,000,000 for their trips, Volunteer Forever has crunched the numbers to identify our top volunteer abroad opportunities.
We also took into consideration the history of each organization to include the number of volunteer alumni and our 5 years of intensive interactions with programs over email, phone, and in-person meetings. Read on for our list of top recommended programs!
In the words of the National Geographic editors:
(We) scoured the globe to bring you the top destinations to visit with a backpack in tow. Whether you're hoping to get the biggest bang for your travel buck or just looking for an epic adventure, we've got you covered.