They call it 'service learning' these days, it involves an overseas trip with anything between a two week and 36 month stay, and lots of hard work.
There are many organizations that arrange volunteer placements in various parts of the world, offering what many people consider much more than the regular tourist package.
It's tourism with a conscience, with volunteers benefiting from cultural immersion. Often they stay with host families and between volunteer work, get to see the real side of life in the countries they visit.
The Australian government's AusAid website lists a number of government funded groups organising Australians to volunteer their skills abroad.
There are a multitude of charitable and private organizations facilitating volunteer tourism to many countries, particularly Asia Pacific and Africa.
Be aware that it costs money to volunteer unless you get government funding. For example, after paying your airfare, volunteering to teach English at a school in Thailand costs around $3000 for one month, and that's working every school day. Altruism can be costly, but is from all reports an extremely satisfying and enriching way to see the world.
How we can help
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