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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.

Volunteer Guides Articles

Let’s stop pretending our travels to developing countries automatically help the poor

by Amanda Machado

3 awesome ethical programs you should volunteer for abroad

by Shannon Ullman

Volunteering will make you a happier person. Here’s how.

by Tyler Protano-Goodwin

Voluntourism perpetuates this outdated idea of a ‘third world.’ Here’s why.

by Vaidehi Mujumdar

I volunteered with the best of intentions. Here’s why I’ll never do it again.

by Claire Litton-Cohn

8 reasons you should pay to volunteer abroad

by Lynn Spreadbury

10 things you need before volunteering for disaster relief in Nepal

by Jennifer Gracey

5 challenges of teaching English in South Africa (and 3 things that make it all worth it)

by Paige Smith

7 questions you should ask before volunteering abroad

by Stacia Sahi

A call for reform in the Peace Corps

by Emma Thieme

8 macro effects of microfinancing

by Lucy Di Santo

How do you give back as a traveler?

by Matt Hershberger

On the sticky ethics of voluntourism

by Richard Stupart

The problem with little white girls and boys

by Pippa Biddle

8 ways to avoid being a poser of a voluntourist

by Christine Williams

Lessons learned from 200 hours teaching English abroad

by Flora Baker

Why travelers should volunteer in their hometowns

by Jake Reed

Be the kind of volunteer an NGO wants

by Jade Keller
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