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Side-by-side with the cultural and geographic details, guides also introduce various projects that CARE sponsors in the landlocked nation, from sustainable farming to village banking. (While each Field Trip follows a similar format, different countries naturally receive varying types of aid. Kosovo teams provided shelter to replace bombed and burned-out homes while educating civilians about land mines. Programs in Haiti included hot lunches for school children, and drainage for a flood-prone village.)

Each Field Trip's index offers background information about the country, a Photo Album of the trip, a Map, screensaver, recommended links, and an opportunity to contribute to CARE's programs. (Last year CARE spent more than $500 million on 870 projects in 70 countries.) A pull-down menu with access to the other Field Trips is located in the upper-right corner of each page.

While the Virtual Field Trips are detailed but archival in nature, GlobalGiving's site ("Give Direct. Change the World.") provides a less personal, but more up-to-date, look at its projects, and allows donors to connect directly with a variety of social and environmental causes around the world. Founded in 2001 by a pair of former World Bank executives, the organization has facilitated donations totalling $1.6 million to some 400 international projects, and at any time, the site features a searchable collection of more than 300 undertakings in 70 countries.

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