So you're ready to begin researching and comparing volunteer-sending organizations and programs. Here are a few places to get started:
There are several professional associations worldwide for volunteer-sending organizations that engage in such work as developing standards for international service. While established guidelines and practices for the field may vary, checking out the membership rolls for these groups will provide you with another source of potential volunteer-sending organizations to research:
Launched by the staff of Transitions Abroad magazine, TransitionsAbroad.com offers both a number of articles pertaining to service abroad as well as listings of nonprofit and for-profit volunteer-sending organizations worldwide.
Another site to search for volunteer abroad opportunities with a volunteer-sending organization or program is VolunteerAbroad.com.
There are a handful of terrific books that provide listings of volunteer-sending organizations; check your local library or bookstore to pick up a copy:
Finally, a tried and true method is to simply go to your favorite search engine and enter different variations of keywords; we suggest you start with "volunteer abroad," "international volunteer," or "volunteer overseas" (don't forget to try versions using "volunteers" or "volunteering") plus keywords describing the location and/or type of volunteer project you're most interested in.
Once you've got a few potential volunteer-sending organizations and programs in mind, you're ready to start doing your research to see if they are a good fit.
NOTE: The link for "volunteer vacation or 'voluntourism'" should jump to the appropriate heading on the Program page. Also, several of the links under the Idealist.org section are to pages not on prod.