Frommer's 500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference Offers Volunteer Ideas for Every Traveler

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Frommer's 500 PLACES WHERE YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE provides 500 innovative ways to take a vacation while making a positive impact on the world.

Every time you make an effort, you shift the world--and cause change in bigger ways than you imagined possible

Last week President Obama joined former President George H.W. Bush to discuss the importance of volunteerism and honor those who have spent hundreds of thousands of hours helping others. But with so many volunteer opportunities available, from community service to helping abroad, the reality is many people who would like to contribute often don't know where to begin.

Now Frommer's® 500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference (Wiley; Paper; November 2009; $19.99) offers inspired travelers 500 innovative service projects from around the world, most of which can be done in a one or two-week span. From teaching music at a girls' rock camp in Texas or protecting gray whales in British Columbia, to restoring a Buddhist monastery in Nepal or assisting at a refugee camp in Kenya, this unique and detailed guide has ideas to suit every personality and age range.

"Every time you make an effort, you shift the world--and cause change in bigger ways than you imagined possible," said author Andrew Mersmann.

Mersmann is available for interviews and can speak on:

  • How to decide what type of volunteer vacation is best for you
  • Discounts and perks offered by hotels as a reward for your volunteer work
  • Volunteer vacation opportunities in the United States and abroad
  • Family-friendly trips that will education your children on history and culture
  • Celebrity-inspired volunteer vacations such as Richard Gere's Heroes Project in India or Paul Newman's The Hole in the Wall Gang camps for children with serious medical conditions.

About the Author:
Andrew Mersmann has volunteered on service projects ranging from working and living with the homeless on Los Angeles' Skid Row to saving stranded pilot whales in Key West to a humanitarian excursion by horseback in Rajasthan, India. He is a travel writer and Editor in Chief of Passport Magazine and blogs at

About Frommer's®
The market leader in travel guides, Frommer's has a guide for every type of traveler--from the sophisticated world traveler to the first-time student traveler on a tight budget. Frommer's publishes more than 300 guides and sells 2.5 million guides annually, reaching 7 million travelers who count on Frommer's for exact prices, savvy trip-planning, sightseeing advice, dozens of detailed maps, and candid reviews of hotels and restaurants in every price range. Frommer's--the best trips start here. is a comprehensive, opinionated travel resource featuring more than 3,500 world destinations. For more information, visit Frommer's is a registered trademark of Arthur Frommer. Frommer's is a branded imprint of Wiley.

About Wiley
Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 350 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Peace. Our core businesses publish scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional/trade books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and websites; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley's global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company's Web site can be accessed at The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.


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