Some Inspirational Reading About Volunteering
OK--so reading is not a substitute for doing, but how about a little inspiration while you are doing? To that end, these books will do the trick.
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.
Wide-Open World: How Volunteering Around the Globe Changed One Family’s Lives Forever – By John Marshall: An inspiring tale about one ordinary family’s adventure volunteering across the world that will make you rethink your life.
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.
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.
The End of Poverty--By Jeffry D. Sachs: Written a decade ago by a former economist, it explores global poverty and what is needed to eradicate it by 2030.
The Voluntourist--By Ken Budd: After the death of his father, Ken Budd, set off on a journey of self-discovery through travelling and volunteering. Through his experiences, he shares a personal story of loss and acceptance and rebirth through helping others.
And my personal favorite: Song of Haiti by Barry Paris: Larimer Mellon was the youngest son of Paul Mellon, renowned Pittsburgh financier, and seemed destined for an idle life of high finance and high society. Suddenly inspired by Albert Schweitzer, he decided he wanted to start a hospital in Haiti, although he had no medical training. He subsequently went to med school and, upon graduating, moved with his wife Gwen (she became a pharmacist) to Haiti. In one of the most isolated and impoverished areas of the country they built a hospital, and for the rest of his life Larry Mellon served as a physician there. Song of Haiti is a beautifully written look at the passion that drove this couple, and that inspired them to leave behind a world of almost unfathomable wealth and luxury and devote their lives to the poorest of the poor in a country far from home.