Each year, approximately one million individuals reported volunteering abroad with marginal fluctuations year to year. This brief describes characteristics of volunteers, factors to the fluctuating rates, and the types of organizations that sponsor international volunteerism. It appears that annual fluctuations in volunteer rates may be associated with the national economy, but more research is needed. Available data make it difficult to determine the type of organization that sponsored the volunteer experience and the activities that volunteers performed. Thus, this report provides a limited picture of international volunteer service among the U.S. population and the characteristics of those who engage in international volunteerism.
Lough, B. J. (2013, June). International volunteering from the United States between 2004 and 2012 (CSD Research Brief No. 13-14). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.