“Frommer’s publishes voluntourism book.”
I clicked through…. Hey! That could’ve been my book.
In August, 2008, I applied for a writing gig that really interested me: Frommer’s was planning to publish a guide to voluntourism that highlighted opportunities around the world. I was confident I was an exceptional candidate for the gig. In addition to my own travel, writing, and volunteering experience, I’d spent some time earlier that summer documenting voluntourism projects and, in the process, I’d learned through observation what made a voluntourism experience successful for the volunteer and the community being served… and what could undermine a project from the get-go.
Anyhow, I applied, went through several rounds of email exchanges about my experience, produced a customized writing sample, and was ultimately winnowed into the final pool of prospective writers for the guide. It was down to me and one other writer… and the other writer got the gig.
So there it is: Frommer’s 500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference.
Would I have loved to write this book?
But I’m also glad Andrew Mersmann wrote it and I hope thousands of travelers use it.