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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"When Ken Budd was thirty-nine, his father collapsed after eighteen holes of golf. Ken and his wife raced to the hospital--but it was too late. In the weeks that followed, as grieving friends revealed how his father had changed their lives, Ken started questioning his own life--and admitting, after years of denial, that he and his wife would never have children. And then, still struggling with grief--his grief at losing his father, his grief at not being a father--Ken received an e-mail with the subject line: 'Katrinia Relief Volunteer Opportunities.' He signed up. He went to New Orleans. And he kept volunteering: Costa Rica, to teach English; China, to work with special-needs children; Ecuador, to study climate change; the West Bank, to assist refugees; Kenya, to care for orphans. His goal: to find purpose by helping others, one trip at a time"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061946462
Branch Call Number: 361.74092 B8588v 2012
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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