We are thrilled USA TODAY picked up our recent post on “Remedy for Recession” this past Friday. Travel writer, Laura Bly, echoed our sentiment that laid-off workers needn’t stay put, they can give back.
We believe you will see more on this topic in traditional media. Volunteering abroad as a travel option is extremely attractive for those who are flexible (finance, time, etc.) and have a desire to do something greater than themselves.
A few things are happening that are creating momentum for volunteer travel abroad:
1) there has been a strong and growing social consciousness among Americans toward charity, sustainability, responsible living, global awareness, etc.;
2) monetary rewards are being replaced by more intrinsic and intangible rewards from helping the poor, the disadvantaged, and the orphans of the world;
3) people understand that experience does not come from jobs alone;
4) society is placing a greater premium on helping/charitable endeavors;
5) the recession is causing people to re-evaluate what is important in life;
6) there are more travel volunteer programs that offer flexible time commitments (shorter term) and costs than ever before.