The Voluntourist

The Voluntourist

A Six-country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate, and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem

Book - 2012
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Ken Budd's The Voluntourist is a remarkable memoir about losing your father, accepting your fate, and finding your destiny by volunteering around the world for numerous worthy causes: Hurricane Katrina disaster relief in New Orleans, helping special needs children in China, studying climate change in Ecuador, lending a hand--and a heart--at a Palestinian refugee camp in the Middle East, to name but a few. Ken's emotional journey is as inspiring and affecting as those chronicled in Little Princes and Three Cups of Tea. At once a true story of powerful family bonds, of sacrifice, of self-discovery, The Voluntourist is an all-too-human, real-life hero whom you will not soon forget.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061946462
Characteristics: 451 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.

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ownedbydoxies
Apr 23, 2015

I always enjoy writers who don't take themselves overly-seriously and who find humor in various situations. This is one of those self-deprecating writers and I'm enjoying his volunteering exploits around the world. There's a reason behind his decision to voluntour, but to reveal it would give away the game, so I'll end by saying this is a worthwhile read.

Barbarajean Jan 20, 2013

If you've ever considered a volunteer vacation abroad, read this book first. Unless you're really committed, and willing to live in the most uncomfortable conditions for weeks at a time, this book will completely discourage you. It's certainly made me reconsider. I think I'd rather read about the experience, than experience it firsthand. I'll continue volunteering, but only at home thank-you.

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bbb1771
May 27, 2012

Inspiring, honest, compelling story. Makes me want to plan my next holiday with this in mind. Worth reading for the inspiration. Worth owning for the 'How To' guide at the end of the book

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