There's a wealth of opportunity out there, but how do you tackle it all? Trawling through massive books listing all the possible volunteering organizations used to be a daunting task… now there are websites designed to make that search easier for you.

Whether you are looking to volunteer or get paid to work abroad, do a tour or expedition, there is a multitude of organizations out there, and that is just within each category.

So how do you distinguish one from another?

Reviews are incredibly useful tools when making a decision about your forthcoming adventure. However, these remain subjective regardless of intention and what suits one person could be another’s nightmare.

Before you even get down to specifics you need to ask yourself exactly what you are hoping to get out of the trip and what requirements you have. Everyone is looking for something slightly different and only then will you be able to properly assess the suitability of an organized trip for you.