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Time is running out for those hoping to volunteer at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. On March 1, 2013 volunteer registration for 2014 Winter Olympics will close for good.
An estimated 25,000 volunteers will be needed to work nearly 50,000 shifts in more than 20 areas, from meeting delegations at the airport to helping with the Closing Ceremony. There will also be 3,000 volunteers specifically trained to welcome visitors and help them find their way between venues. In total, volunteers will account for more than 30% of the total Sochi staff.
Heifer International, a nonprofit organization seeking to end hunger by partnering with farmers around the world, and Garnet Hill are giving one winner the chance to take the trip of a lifetime with their Pass on the Gift in Peru Sweepstakes.
The grand prize winner will take an all-inclusive trip for two to Cusco, where they'll spend 7 days taking part in Heifer’s local alpaca project to end poverty, in the nearby Andean region. The trip will also include guided tours exploring the local culture and a $1,000 Garnet Hill gift card.
United Planet, an international non-profit offering short and long term volunteer abroad programs, has announced a new animal conservation program in India for international volunteers.
The organization is now offering participants in the Jaipur Elephant Quest the chance to work in an elephant village which houses over fifty Indian elephants.
Spending a Caribbean vacation in a damp, dark cave might not be for everyone, but there is no doubt those who are up for it leave with a new perspective on the region.
The Canadian-based voluntourism organization Animal Experience International is on a mission to help animals around the world by matching clients with animal-related volunteer opportunities at sanctuaries, hospitals, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and conservation projects, including a bat conservatory in the Caribbean.
Me to We is giving one lucky teen the chance to take a once-in-a-lifetime volunteer trip to Ghana.
Me to We's volunteer trips to India and Africa give people of all ages the opportunity to volunteer alongside local community members to build schools, immerse themselves in local culture, and gain a new perspective on the world.
You can enter to win a Youth volunteer trip to Ghana (valid for ages 14 to 18 years of age) through January 25, 2013 at metowe.com/give-go-win-a-trip.
Now that it's the dead of winter it's also high time to head out on getaways to tropical locales, but often travelers don't realize there are plenty of ways to help out the community while soaking in the sun.
For example, in the Turks & Caicos there is an overwhelming population of pups, known as Potcakes, who need homes. One organization, Potcake Place, is helping to place these dogs with loving families visiting from the U.S.
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Think you can't have a culturally rich volunteer experience in the US? Think again. Global Citizens Network's 2013 schedule includes trips to Washington and Minnesota that match volunteers with local Native American tribes and provide an opportunity to not only give back, but also learn about their unique cultures.
The White Earth Reservation, located in Becker, Clearwater, and Mahnomen counties in north-central Minnesota, welcomes volunteers in partnership with the White Earth Land Recovery Project/Native Harvest. GCN participants will work on various projects, including cultural initiatives with the youth group and refurbishing/painting community buildings, while visiting the Reservation.
Chilean Patagonia, one of the country's Chile's most coveted bucket list destinations, has been greatly impacted by fires and human activity over the past 100 years and more than 7 million acres have already been destroyed.
One of the worst fires in 2011, which damaged 17,000 acres of Torres del Paine National Park, inspired the non-profit Reforestemos Patagonia to begin their reforestation campaign with the goal of planting 1 million trees in Torres del Paine National Park, Laguna San Rafael, and Cerro Castillo National Reserve.
In case you didn't visit the internet last week, a tiny monkey in a tiny shearling coat showed up in the parking lot of a Toronto area IKEA. As it turns out, the monkey, a Rhesus Macaque, is named "Darwin" and lives as the pet of a real estate lawyer. Or did, since Darwin broke out of his cage and his owner's car and was eventually captured by Toronto Animal Services. That's only where his story begins.
Thanks to tweets and Instagrams from IKEA shoppers who spotted the monkey, the animal attained web stardom in record time. He was not returned to his owner (who was fined for owning an illegal animal), but sent directly to "monkey rehab" at Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary.
The Sierra Club is proving volunteer travel doesn't have to be a major expense or time commitment.
The environmental organization already has dozens of trips planned for 2013, including a five day winter break in Florida's Ocala National Forest.The Ocala National Forest is home to the world's largest sand pine scrub ecosystem featuring hiking trails and camping sites, including the Florida National Scenic Trail.
If you dread spending winter break with your family, you can always spend it with someone else's parents while doing good in Peru.
United Planet’s Quest volunteer Abroad Programs are available to individuals and groups of all ages and have flexible start dates and stays, perfect for college kids with nothing to do after Christmas.
If you can't get enough of San Diego Zoo's newly-named, 15-week-old giant panda cub Xiao Liwu, there is a voluntourism program that helps panda lovers like you make a real difference in these animals lives.
Pandas are cute, but they're also endangered as their Chinese habitats shrink and they are hunted by poachers. IFRE Volunteers Abroad, which has worked to make voluntourism more affordable and accessible for everyone, has partnered with the Ya’an Panda Conservation Center near the city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province, China to allow volunteers to assist with their panda conservation efforts.