J.K Rowling and Orphanages: The True and False of Volunteering With Institutionalized Children

In August of 2016, J.K Rowling went out with a series of Tweets against the practice of volunteering with children in institutions: The charity I have just been asked to support offers (doubtless well-intentioned) Westerners 'volunteer experiences' in child institutions. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 21, 2016 … perpetuates this highly damaging system and encourages […]

How To: Top 5 Tips For First Time Volunteers

So you’re ready to take on the world but you want to save some pennies in the process, experience a completely new way of life while you can, or maybe just offer a helping hand along the way. Volunteering opens the door for all of these things and more, but you don’t know where to […]

How To : Volunteer Abroad and Use Art, Photography and Social Media

Though quite an understatement, it is safe to say that one of the most incredible aspects of social media today is that it provides endless opportunities to connect with individuals that otherwise would have been beyond possibility to reach. Interestingly enough, this recent connection and conversation with Aubrey Roemer (artist/traveler with an impressive record in social […]

Thailand Mourning Period : What You Need to Know

You might have heard the saddest news this past Thursday, 13 October 2016, that our beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej has passed away at the age of 88, after a 70-year long and non-stop service to his people as the “strength of the land”. This is why we, Thai people, call him “Father”. There are some […]

How To: Responsible Wildlife Volunteering

Recently, social media has been active with reports regarding the abuse of animals in different shelters, parks, zoos and other recreational areas. Places that were initially perceived to be concerned with the safety and well-being of the animals, have unfortunately time and again proven otherwise. Take for example, the most recent shutting down of Thailand’s […]

Couchsurfing : All You Need To Know For Your Next Trip

In this post I’m going to discuss the ins and outs of couchsurfing. We will look at Why I think every traveler should couchsurf, How to couchsurf when you’re traveling and how to Host when you’re at home.  Additionally, I’ll discuss  how to Stay Safe while couchsurfing and I’ll give some examples of awesome experiences I’ve had myself.

Why You SHOULD Pay To Volunteer Abroad

Unlike any “regular” job, volunteering is generally a form of offering one’s skills, knowledge and time FOR FREE. Add to that the expenses typically involved in volunteering abroad (flights, insurance etc.) and you may be left wondering why many of the organizations listed on our platform are actually asking for fees from their prospective volunteers. […]