I'm interested in taking a year off of school to do some sort of overseas volunteer work and was wondering if any of you guys had done something similar and had advice. As an American, the Peace Corps comes to mind first, but I'm pretty sure there are plenty of similar organizations I could work for. I'm really looking for something to do that's a little more significant than sitting on my ass in a college in California. If you do have experience with this type of situation...
1) Was it a rewarding experience?
2) What was the monetary situation like?
3) Where did you go/what did you do?
4) Do you think you achieved some lasting positive impact?