The Perks: How many of us struggle to feel we're making a difference in this world? Sometimes writing a check doesn't cut it.
The Challenges: Are you prepared emotionally? "There are so many children in poverty-stricken nations who may never know the loving touch of a mother's hand," said Suzanne M. Garber, COO of International SOS Assistance, Inc., who volunteered at orphanages in Brazil, South Africa and India with Global Action.
The Perks: You will see first-hand the difference you can make in a person's life. Make that lots of people's lives. Because when disaster strikes you'll be there, doing what you can to aid with recovery and rehabilitation.
The Perks: Take your entrepreneurial spirit abroad. Work for yourself and enjoy your freedom.
The Challenges: It's risky. "Whatever you want to do, talk to as many people as possible first," said Anne Griffin, who exports handmade pottery from Bulgaria to the U.S. with Bulgarian Pottery and Gifts. "If you are really passionate about something, you will be amazed at how many people are willing to help you along the way."
The Perks: As an English teacher, you can yap all day for a good cause. Share your culture and language with the world. "I was able to meet some wonderful people who are still friends after being back in the States for over 10 years," said Therese Gibbons, owner of Alora Ambiance, who taught English in Italy.
The Challenges: Cutural blunders. Your accent and mistakes are just as funny to them.
The Perks: It's dreamy to think of: Your office is the local coffee shop. In Paris.
The Challenges: Landing your first job. "Find a specialized field that you like and learn that vocabulary," said Karen Lundquist, who worked for years as a freelance translator in Italy. "Market yourself as an expert in that field."
The Perks: Ever since Fantasy Island, cruise ships seem like a happy place to be. Work as a bartender as you sail across the Atlantic. You'll be off duty and free to explore when you reach your next port.
"Nearly every morning you wake up ready for a new adventure in another location with no packing or unpacking!" said Lisa Niver Rajna, a travel writer for We Said Go Travel, who worked as a Senior Assistant Cruise Director on Renaissance Cruises.
The Challenges: You won't make as much as you do on land, but your room and board are free.
The Perks: Ask not what your country can do for you. As a Peace Corps volunteer, you'll make small changes in villages that lead to a greater good. Jill Brennick landed in Albania for two years, where she helped introduce the Women in Development program.
The Challenges: Many, if you're not flexible. But that's how you grow, right?