a website I became a member of a few years ago: http://www.truetravellers.org/
in the words of an Administrator of the site:
“Frustrated by the “volunteer in Asia, volunteer in Africa, volunteer in South or Central America, but first pay us lots of money” opportunities? We are too.
Our organization is a network of individuals that share information about no or minimal fee meaningful travel and volunteer travel opportunities around the globe. These opportunities can include anything from volunteering at an orphanage, to a festival, to wildlife conservation to you name it.”
it’s a worthy online forum, though I haven’t often found myself active there, I get a little frustrated with the interface of the website from time to time, & to this day I have not been able to use the little blog function that is supposed to be integrated into my profile there
a people networking website I’ve had an account at for a few months now, it’s sorta cool, each profile can upload photos, list interests, add schools (s)he has attended, which then links a person to other hi5 users who have added that they have attended those same schools too, there’s a journal, a scrapbook, & also an area for comments on the front page, lots of page layout designs to choose from, & quite a variety of widgets, I just use one though, supplied by rockyou.com, & that’s it, I don’t like pages that are gaudy, & I don’t accept friend requests from people I don’t anticipate getting any other form of communication from
I don’t spend a lot of time at hi5, but I like having a page there to represent myself to & keep in touch with those that matter to me & who also happen to be hi5 users, I see it as a quick, simple, nifty way to just touch base, or in other words, an online version of the occasional hey &/or actual high 5, especially for those contacts that one is less likely to meet on the street