I was literally on my own (the only volunteer and tourist around), a good 7 hours away from any support, which made it that much more crucial for me to get my bearings quickly, understand the issues and figure out how best to approach my training and capacity building goals. What better way to develop leadership skills than to jump right in!\u201d writes Christine Martinet in a blog post about her experience volunteering abroad. A volunteer from the Canadian Medical Association, Martinet went to Sri Lanka on a Human Resource Advisor assignment with the corporate volunteering program Leave for Change. While such an extreme experience may not be for everyone, there is undoubtedly a growing interest in employer-sponsored volunteering (ESV) abroad. This is being fuelled by the popularity of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employees and customers who increasingly expect businesses to contribute to solving societal problems. When it comes to volunteering, employers can make a huge impact for the greater good \u2014 60% of Canadians would volunteer more if it was organized by an employer, according to a 2017 Volunteer Canada and Investors Group study conducted by IPSOS Public Affairs.