Three Inspiring Books about Volunteering

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Years of fighting and conflict has left Somalia torn and its citizens in abject poverty. It continues to hover between what the United Nations describes as a most failed state to a fragile one. The plight of the country has awakened an interest and desire of some people to explore volunteer work possibilities in the area. But security conditions have made this path difficult to pursue. But there are other ways to help the most vulnerable in Somalia through the various charities and international humanitarian organizations present there. And there are also other volunteering abroad free programs worth exploring. Here are some of the best books that provide insights about life abroad as a volunteer.

1. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
This is a raw and deeply moving story of the plight of women from around the world. Written by two Pulitzer Prize winners, this book takes a look into the continuing oppression and the struggles of women and how even the smallest help can make a huge difference in uplifting women’s lives.

2. In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall
In the Shadow of Man shares the inspiring story of the renowned scientist’s early years in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream Reserve. It provides a heartwarming insight into her work with chimpanzees and the bond she developed with them over the years.

3. Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
This is a story that shows how a failure can lead to something much better. Failing to climb K2, which is one of the highest mountains in the world, Greg Mortenson stumbled into a village in Pakistan. While there, he noted the lack of schools that will educate the villagers, especially the children. Three Cups of Tea is an inspiring tale of the humanitarian spirit and the lengths a person will go to help others.

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