5 Fascinating Books About Volunteering

5 Fascinating Books About Volunteering

By Justine Simonin on 23/04/2020

Written By Bea Potter , who writes books and lends her writing skills to countless blogs. You can find her work at Big Assignments where she offers advice. Bea also writes about volunteering.

Looking for some inspiration about volunteering? These books will reignite your curiosity and tempt you to quit your job and travel the world to help others and perhaps even spark a new passion and desire to see how one person can make a difference.

The New Breed: Understanding And Equipping The 21st Century Volunteer – By Jonathan and Thomas McKee

In today’s world of increasing volunteering, this book is perfect for understanding how to manage and organize volunteers. From choosing the right people, uncover the new volunteer, sorting through hiring, to getting the most out of your new recruits, this book will be of great help. Not every volunteer is the same and they all want different things out of the role. As a volunteer, this is also an interesting book to read to understand the organization’s perspective on volunteering.

Little Princes: One Man’s Promise To Bring Home The Lost Children Of Nepal – By Conor Grennan


At 29, Conor Grennan ventured to war-torn Nepal to begin his yearlong global adventure. Hesitant about volunteering, Grennan joined an orphanage of young boys who would forever change his life. Soon Grennan realized that these young boys were being trafficked and taken from their homes as a guise of protection from the war, while their capturers were charging a fee to their parents. “In this book about resilience and bravery, Grennan relays his journey of reconnecting these innocent children with their families. The risks and danger Grennan encountered along the way will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is a true story of courage that everyone needs to read,” says David Martinez, a writer from Boomessays. To learn more about orphanages and the volunteering industry click here.

Wide-Open World: How Volunteering Around the Globe Changed One Family’s Lives Forever – By John Marshall


An inspiring tale about one ordinary familie’s adventure volunteering across the world that will make you rethink your life. When his marriage was falling apart, John Marshall decided it was time for his family to reconnect. The Marshalls left their jobs and responsibilities, took their teenage children with them, and travelled for half a year. From teaching English in Thailand to looking after orphans in India, the Marshall family travelled far and wide and what they learnt about the world and themselves during this journey was unprecedented and would change their life forever.

Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo – By Vanessa Woods

This memoir about one woman’s journey with her fiancé to the Democratic Republic of Congo, tells the story of her discovery of the fascinating species that are Bonobos while going through a change of self-discovery in herself. Follow Vanessa Woods, writer and activist, as she meets the refugees, uncovers and learns to understand these beautiful creatures – who share most of the same DNA as us humans. It is a true tale of transformation and a unique journey for Woods. “This story will reignite your curiosity with the ape species. How Vanessa Wood’s discovery led to her understanding not only about herself but about the Bonobo species and a whole different world” says blogger Bridget James.

The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story – By Alison Thompson

When an earthquake struck in the Indonesian sea and caused a tsunami hitting most of Southern Asia, Alison Thompson knew that she needed to go and help out. What started as a few weeks in a coastal town in Sri Lanka turned into more than a year helping rebuild and rehabilitate the entire area. With only a few supplies and a small team of volunteers, Thompson was able to make a difference, she knew that she was needed. This story of courage and helping those in need, no matter how small, will make a difference. As she volunteered at ground zero after the September 11 attacks, Thompson had some experience with helping those after a disaster had struck. Her time in Asia showed that anyone, from anywhere, has the power to change. This is truly inspiring for anyone looking to volunteer.

Volunteering is an amazing and selfless act. You don’t need a lot of money, all you need to give is your time. Giving others a helping hand, no matter where you are in the world, can make a huge amount of difference. GivingWay is an online platform that connecting volunteers with causes to support. Sign up to GivingWay for free and start browsing online and on-site volunteering opportunities today.

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