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Volunteer Guides

As a community, Matadorians have thousands of hours of experience volunteering and working with nonprofits, NGOs, and other organizations working for a better world. Backed by this knowledge, we have put together the guides below on how to get involved as a volunteer and how to get your own nonprofit off the ground.

You’ll find profiles of organizations around the world, stories of inspiring projects, basic tips on what you need to know before you choose a program, and what you should expect once you arrive.

Through our Volunteer Guides, Matador is proud encourage its members to give back.

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7 questions you should ask before volunteering abroad

A call for reform in the Peace Corps

8 macro effects of microfinancing

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On the sticky ethics of voluntourism

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