The Underground Guide to International Volunteering

Kristy Henderson left her Canadian home in 2001. Since then, she has been volunteering, working, and travelling her way around the world. She now hangs her hat in Kigali, Rwanda. Lucky for us, one of the things that she enjoys doing is sharing information. Her website, Nerdy Nomad, has served as a great resource for travellers and travel bloggers for a number of years.

Kristy’s latest resource is an update of The Underground Guide to International Volunteering. Kristy has compiled an incredible resource for anyone interested in volunteering internationally. This 111 page comprehensive guide covers all areas of the international volunteering world from choosing a volunteer placement to whether you should pay or not. Kristy interviews a number of experienced international volunteers that share their perspectives.

This e-book is definitely one you should check out if you are considering volunteering internationally.

International guide to volunteering

Her site describes the book as the following:

“The internet is packed with information on volunteering overseas but, once you start your search for information, you’ll quickly see that there are plenty of companies out there looking to take your money in exchange for a questionable experience. International volunteering is a big business and wading through the hundreds of paid placements to find the legitimate free and cheap volunteering opportunities will become a time consuming and frustrating experience.

But you’re in luck! The Underground Guide to International Volunteering has been created to help you sort through expensive volunteering placements and the countless organizations in order to find an overseas volunteering placement that is right for you. You can download a PDF copy of this eBook for only $14 and get started on your journey towards becoming a volunteer.

As an experienced volunteer I can tell you what it’s all about, first-hand. I can offer you tips and advice on choosing a placement, give you a heads up on how to choose a reputable organization, share the ethical issues around volunteering, and provide all of this in one place to save you time.

Tap into my knowledge and experience and learn about this amazing world! Volunteering has changed my life for the better and I’d love to share what I know with you and to give you the confidence and tools to become a volunteer.”

Pick up a copy here.


  1. Ashmar Barbour says:

    I am in my last year of school and I want to take a gap year in 2015. My question is, are there any free volunteering opportunities that would allow me to work in a group with people of similar age(18) so that I can make some good friends?

    Thanks so much for your help,


    • Andrew Wahba says:

      Hi Ashmar, I think the best thing you can do is look around. If you find an organization that is doing work that interests you, contact them and ask how many volunteers there are.

      Personally, I like when there are more locals present as it makes for a great experience.

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