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Volunteer Alliance Blog

The Volunteer Alliance blog is an opportunity for us to showcase interesting volunteer stories from our members. It is also the place where we can update our members on the latest news and developments in international volunteering.

If you have a volunteering story you would like to share please contact us.

What its like being an Organization and hosting Volunteers

We've spoken with first time Volunteer Danielle (click here to read full blog), a 20 year old student from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and recently returned Volunteer.

Now its time to hear from the Organization where Danielle volunteered, Cheap Impact, and the Korando Educational Center, a free school for over 200 students in Kisumu, Kenya.

Be Better than a Typical Volunteer

You say you want to make a difference. You have a heart of compassion and a need to help. Your hands are restless, your backpack packed. You’ve built up the courage and found the confidence to buy a ticket - you’re on your way. You land in a developing nation – one with thousands of motor bikes filling the streets, one with mud roads and grass roofs, or one with jungles and volcanoes in the backyard. You’re on your toes, willing to jump in and save the day at any moment… but unless you’re a medic carrying your own tools… where do you start? Where will you stay? How will you help?

A Must See TED Talk for any Volunteer

Every day I see 10 to 20 new volunteers sign up to Volunteer Alliance.

My hope is that most of these new volunteers are signing up because they want to volunteer at one of our community based organizations. I spent the better part of 2012 traveling through Southern Africa with Brian Somers to meet with community based organizations and help them to create and manage profiles on Volunteer Alliance.

How to Pack for Volunteering

As summer rolls around, my hope is, that many VA members are packing their bags and heading off to Africa to volunteer at an inspirational organization that they found while using the amazing resource that VA is, (how bout that for a promotional plug?) My hope, is that at least some of you are packing your bag for the first time, so as a volunteer who has been living in East Africa for the last 9 months I figured that I would write a little post about the things I wish I brought and

Waka Waka, This Time For Africa

Happy 2012 everyone! This is going to be our year!

We have now been in South Africa for close to two months. And in that short time I have seen Volunteer Alliance grow from a good idea to an effective business with a whole heap of promise! We now have over 500 volunteer profiles and over 50 organization profiles! This is really all the validation we need that what Volunteer Alliance is doing is what everyone wants.

A Supercharged Start!

After 2 years developing our organization from opposite sides of the world, Brian and I finally meet in Cape Town, South Africa to begin our Southern Africa adventure.

As you can see, the website is now live, and looking great! After receiving a Google Grant to help advertise our website to international volunteers we are half the way to connecting international volunteers and community based organizations directly and making volunteering more accessible.