Does your job give you a day off a year to volunteer? Maybe you can convince them to give you a paid social sabbatical, where you take your skills to help organizations in emerging markets.
A number of big companies, including Intel, Microsoft, and General Mills, offer paid sabbaticals for their employees to recharge. Software giant SAP isn’t one of them–the company offers only unpaid sabbaticals. But SAP is piloting a unique alternative: the paid social sabbatical, which allows specially selected employees to take time off from their regular work to collaborate with NGOs in emerging markets like India, Brazil, and South Africa.