Volunteer Travel Made Easy: How to Choose & Plan Your Next Adventure

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This class is perfect for people with a passion for travel, adventure and volunteering!

With adventure travel and volunteer travel on the rise, more and more people are seeking unique vacation options where they can do "good". Volunteer travel is a fabulous way to experience cultural immersion and give back to the communities you visit! But, finding and vetting volunteer travel projects is difficult, confusing, and time consuming.

After traveling for nine months with my husband and engaging in five different volunteer projects, I discovered how to research, budget for, and plan exciting and meaningful volunteer travel experiences. I have been running my own company - Unearth the World - for the past few years to help others find meaningful travel options! This class is designed to de-mystify the volunteer travel industry and save you time and money. My goal is to help you learn from my mistakes and make it easier for you to become a global citizen. I use recent research and personal experience to tell you about how to "dabble in volunteer travel." Come join me in a casual, fun, interactive setting and talk travel!

You will leave this class with the following:
- Better understanding of the complex volunteer travel industry
- Tips, tricks, and resources for how-to find and plan fun and impactful volunteer travel experiences and the confidence to book your next adventure!

Materials to bring

BYOB!

What will be provided

I will bring some handouts that summarize the material in the workshop! Snacks and beverages provided.

Student Reviews

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    Courtney M.
    Volunteer Travel Made Easy: How to Choose & Plan Your Next Adventure

    This class was super informative and interesting. Volunteer travel seems daunting, but this class gave really great strategies to get started.

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    Lauren S.
    Volunteer Travel Made Easy: How to Choose & Plan Your Next Adventure

    This was a great class that exposed me to a lot of great resources and information for volunteer travel. As a result of attending the class, I'm set to volunteer in Nicaragua in March!

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    Katrine T.
    Volunteer Travel Made Easy: How to Choose & Plan Your Next Adventure

    I found the presenter to be knowledgable, candid and very likable. She had a thorough understanding of the subject matter and answered a wide variety of questions with ease. The location was stellar, right near downtown, but easy to find. She provided a plethora of follow up hand outs and links which was appreciated. Though she clearly represented her business, the presentation was far from a sell, yet it left me wanting to learn more about what she does. I have connected via social media and plan to stay engaged.

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    Tess O.
    Volunteer Travel Made Easy: How to Choose & Plan Your Next Adventure

    Great way to learn about volunteer travel and discuss with an open-minded group! Loved the class and hope to book my first trip soon.

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    Regyna C.
    Volunteer Travel Made Easy: How to Choose & Plan Your Next Adventure

    Great experience. Kathryn was very professional and knowledgeable. She came prepared with a variety of information that would appeal to people at all levels of interest. Her presentation was informative while leaving room for questions and exploring certain topics further based on participant interest.

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    Kelsey B.
    Volunteer Travel Made Easy: How to Choose & Plan Your Next Adventure

    The class was informative and Kathryn provided resources to use after the class. Kathryn was very approachable and made it clear that students could reach out to her at any time.

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    Jen R.
    Volunteer Travel Made Easy: How to Choose & Plan Your Next Adventure

    Very informative and inspiring! Enjoyed hearing about all the possibilities and getting some tips to make volunteering and traveling ethical, intentional, helpful, and fun. Liked the chance to have discussion and ask questions. A great evening with interesting people!

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    Elyse R.
    Volunteer Travel Made Easy: How to Choose & Plan Your Next Adventure

    I loved Kathryn's enthusiasm! She learned quite a bit during her travels about volunteering.

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    Andrea K.
    Volunteer Travel Made Easy: How to Choose & Plan Your Next Adventure

    This class was awesome! Kathryn had great energy, useful experiences to share and was well organized in her presentation. The other attendees in the group were engaged, positive, and like minded. I left feeling inspired with new ideas.

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    Beth K.
    Volunteer Travel Made Easy: How to Choose & Plan Your Next Adventure

    Kathryn's knowledge of the voluntourism industry and enthusiasm for helping others achieve what she describes as a "transformative experience" left me feeling as if I wanted to sign up for an opportunity as soon as I got home! Based on her experience and research, both personal and through her venture Unearth the World, Kathryn provides unbiased views of the positives and the challenges that exist in the voluntourism industry. Additionally, she provides a number of solid resources to utilize if you decide to embark on your adventure which was especially helpful given the mass amounts (and potentially unreliable) data available. Plus, she's an awesome person with really good energy!

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    Ellen C.
    Volunteer Travel Made Easy: How to Choose & Plan Your Next Adventure

    Kathryn and Mike were fantastic - they made volunteer travel easy to understand and provided the tools to help make it happen. I left feeling invigorated to get started after being around so many like-minded people who prioritize travel and volunteering in their lives. Would recommend this class to anyone trying to find a way to combine their two passions and make it happen!

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    Fiona E.
    Volunteer Travel Made Easy: How to Choose & Plan Your Next Adventure

    I absolutely loved this presentation, I loved seeing ages from 21-50 years old wanting to be involved in something such as "voluntourism". Kathryn's presentation was concise, informative, and extremely inspiring. She did a great job involving everyone and answering everyones questions, it was an extremely comfortable setting. She and her husband Mike are doing a phenomenal job and promoting this I hope that they will both be able to further develop their program!

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    Francisco C.
    Volunteer Travel Made Easy: How to Choose & Plan Your Next Adventure

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Kathryn Pisco

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Travel should be fun and exciting. Volunteering should be rewarding and impactful. My recent 9 month journey taught me that, while it is not easy, you can combine both travel and volunteering for a life-changing experience.

My name is Kathryn and I am a married Chicago woman with a passion for travel! After years working in corporate America, I decided to risk it all and leave my career to travel the world with my husband. Our 250 day, 20 country journey was life changing! During our trip, we took part in 5 volunteer projects. The volunteer portion of our trip was life changing and perspective altering! It was also confusing and difficult to plan. While on our trip, I vowed that when I returned home, I would share my story in an attempt to help others have amazing volunteer travel experiences. Now that we are back in Chicago for good, I keep myself busy by trying to connect with like-minded travelers whenever possible, starting my own social venture, and sharing my story with anyone who will listen!