Talk With People Who've Done the Work Before
Most Web sites that connect people with volunteer positions abroad will also connect you with people who've participated in the work in the past. No matter what amount of research you've done or plan on doing, there's no better way to obtain first-hand information than from someone who has done it. That's because almost every organization you look at is going to sound wonderful. Since you're looking for a volunteer position, most organizations will attempt to give you the best possible idea of what you're doing, but they'll likely fall a little short compared to talking with a past participant. Contact the organization and see if they'd be willing to put you in touch with someone who can answer any additional questions you might have [source: Allen].