"This book will be useful for would-be workers in many other areas of international development, and it’s full of suggestions for how to get your foot in the door of such organizations".


"Recent graduates and others considering making a change as well as those in search of a good read will find this time well spent".


"A highly practical guide that simplifies what it takes to volunteer abroad".

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"Everyone who wishes to volunteer abroad will find this book helpful, practical and thought-provoking".


Susan is an advocate for better voluntourism and also has some great resources on her website Amazing Volunteer. If you're not thinking about volunteering abroad then still take a listen, because this is a huge industry that can bring good.

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Her initial 90 days in Haiti (frustrating and mostly pointless) and her subsequent 90 days in Bangladesh (successful and useful) has informed her work and choices ever since. It was the difference between good intentions and good preparation.


How To Be An Amazing Volunteer Overseas will give you practical tips on how to decide what to do and where to go [and] will set you up to get the most out of your experience by learning from local leaders and contributing in a meaningful way.


Turning through the pages, the readers will find that Gibson motivates aspiring volunteers to find their gifts in life and sharing them in a meaningful manner with a realistic chance of success. 


Bottom line: do your research, make sure you’re qualified to do what you’re volunteering to do, and that you and whatever org you’re volunteering for are getting are both going to benefit from the relationship.


Veteran volunteer Susan Gibson's new book advises aspiring voluntourists how to make a truly positive impact — from finding the right organisation to questioning your own motivations. Here, she shares tips from a career spanning 70 countries.

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When you are passionate about something, there's no stopping you. Susan Gibson started volunteering in her hometown of Toronto, Canada as a teenager. And her book, "How To Be An Amazing Volunteer Overseas," is a practical and useful tool to help motivate aspiring volunteers to contribute in the most meaningful ways. 

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For the thousands of students who volunteer or intend to volunteer overseas, Western alumna Susan E. Gibson has a word of advice: prepare to learn before you expect to serve. 

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Susan E. Gibson has been involved in the non-profit sector for more than 35 years. She offers her tips for responsible voluntourism.

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Susan shares her experience of volunteering, talks about the mindset you’ll need to see it through, what sort of thing you might expect, what pitfalls to avoid, and where to get started.

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How to be an Amazing Volunteer Overseas: Rules of the Road, Stories from the Field is a playbook for first-time volunteers. Highly practical in nature, the book and its accompanying website cover everything from how to find and get the most of a placement, to suggested packing lists and health and hygiene tips.

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