If all the world’s backpackers were put on a list and I was told I had to choose the coolest – and I couldn’t choose myself – I would probably choose Kirsty Henderson as that person. You might know her from her blog Nerdy Nomad, and if not, then you should definitely grab her feed ASAP! She’s one cool chica, and here’s why:
- Kirsty is a Canadian, but has been living abroad since 2002 in various places like London, Glasgow, Australia and New Zealand.
- Kirsty left in January 2008 to travel the world, and has been going ever since.
- Kirsty travels the world from the money she earns on her various websites!
- Kirsty has spent the majority of her travels volunteering in disaster relief programs.
- Kirsty has made it a goal to raise $10,000 for a good cause.
Those last two points bring me to the reason why I am writing this post: to introduce Kirsty’s new e-book, The Underground Guide to International Volunteering.
As we speak, Kirsty is back in Haiti volunteering with the Hands On Disaster Relief organization, and she would really like to use her e-book to raise some much needed funds for them. She is going to donate 50% of the revenue generated from her e-book to go directly to this organization and her $10,000 fundraising goal. The other 50% is going to help Kirsty fund future volunteering trips, which is something she is obviously very serious about.
You can help by purchasing The Underground Guide to International Volunteering e-book! It is available for only $14, which is a steal when you consider the wealth of information available inside.
As explained on Kirsty’s site, this guide includes:
- Help deciding whether international volunteering is a good fit for you.
- Advice on how to choose a volunteering experience that is right for you.
- Information on different types of volunteering from conservation to development to disaster relief.
- Practical information on visas, travel insurance, packing, health and hygiene, living conditions and communication.
- Nine interviews with international volunteers sharing their experiences, giving advice and offering inspiration.
- Tips for how to find free and cheap volunteering placements including website reviews that will help with your search.
- A list of volunteering opportunities worldwide that are free or low-cost with organizations I trust.
- Fee-based volunteering: Why I would never do it but why it is right for some people.
- A list of fee-based volunteering companies along with information on whether they donate part of their fee to the actual project.
- Free updates forever as I discover new free and cheap volunteering opportunities and make other updates.
- Insight and first-hand stories and advice from an experienced international volunteer.
Honestly, I was excited to get my hands on a copy of this guide. I am a believer of doing more than just travel – which is why I have taken a bunch of language courses and an archaeology course while traveling abroad – but I have yet to get off my duff and volunteer. The reason for my laziness in this department is the fact that I always find organizations that want you to pay loads of money to help out for a couple of weeks, and that has always turned me off.
With The Underground Guide to International Volunteering, you are given numerous resources, including links to a bunch of free and low-cost volunteering programs. Can I get a big YAY?! There is also a bit of information on how to start your own volunteer project if you can’t find one that pleases you.
Beyond the need to fill my own personal quest to find free volunteering opportunities, I was quite impressed with all the bits she threw in there that I would never have even thought about otherwise. Take for instance her discussion on the need to bring your own comfortable bedding to a site that involves hard, physical labor. This made complete sense to me afterward, but I probably wouldn’t have thought about it without her insight.
Look, I could go on and on about why this is such a great read, and why you should buy it, but I think you already know. Purchasing The Underground Guide to International Volunteering e-book will give you all the information you need to get off your lazy backpacker butts and do something more than just travel.