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My problem with groups like earthwatch though is that the volunteer activities are so much fun I don't feel like I'm really "volunteering".

You don't have to "suffer" for it to count, sissylue.

The trick is to find something that makes the world a better place that you can do with a glad heart. Arrete's birds are a good example. Or maske's Book 'Em.

My husband and I volunteer a lot. He likes to do things that require research and can be done alone. For example, he took on a job compiling a calendar of events and has done it for about 15 years now. I did it for a year before he did and found it frustrating and unrewarding. He looked into volunteering with the ACLU because he believes civil rights are vital, but it was a bad fit.

I volunteer to lead singing and teach workshops, which he would consider torture. For many groups, I make sure the members know when the next meeting is to be held.

Now that we are both retired, we have time for a few more volunteer activities.

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