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Over one million individuals reported volunteering internationally in 2008. Young or middle-aged, White, college graduates with higher incomes, employed full-time, and married without dependent children were the most frequent candidates for volunteer service abroad. The majority of international volunteers served with a faith-based organization. Data for this report were gathered from the September 2004 through September 2009 volunteer supplements to the Current Population Survey (CPS)—a monthly survey of approximately 60,000 households. The volunteer supplement includes questions about service performed domestically and abroad. Two items specifically assess the rate and frequency of international volunteer service. More detailed information about sampling, definitions, and analysis can be found under Methodological Notes at the end of this report.

Document Type

Research Brief


Civic Engagement and Service


International Service

Original Citation

Lough, B. J. (2010). International volunteerism in the United States, 2008 (CSD Research Brief No. 10-11). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.


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