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3 of the Best Places in the World to Go Stargazing

One of the reasons we are so dedicated to volunteer work is because it reminds us of our place on the planet. As of June 2018, there are 7.6 billion people in the world – that’s 7.6 billion stories to discover and share. Volunteering keeps us grounded. We find that after committing ourselves to care […]

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Is Voluntourism Really That Bad?

“Voluntourism” is the informal term for being involved in voluntary work while traveling and exploring the country where the volunteer work takes place. Over the past decade, voluntourism — which is also called volunteering abroad — has become a major travel trend, with an expected 20 million volunteer travelers per year by 2020!   While […]

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5 Volunteer Opportunities for Retirees

Here’s a list of 5 volunteer opportunities abroad perfect for retirees and seniors who wish to make their travel meaningful: La Gran Vista Agroecological Farm, Costa Rica Kep Gardens, Cambodia Colobus Conservation, Kenya Latin American Sea Turtles, Costa Rica Volunteers Peru, Peru If you’re a retiree, now is the perfect time in your life to […]

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5 Volunteer Opportunities for Families

We’ve put together a list of 5 volunteer opportunities abroad that are perfect for families with children looking for their next wonderful adventure overseas: Kep Gardens, Cambodia Pyunli, India EcoReach Foundation, Nepal Tortugas de Pacuare, Costa Rica Peru Vivential, Peru Volunteering abroad as a family may seem challenging, but there are actually several programs around […]

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Featured Organization of the Month: YAAPHA, Tanzania

YAAPHA (Youth In Action Against Poverty and HIV/AIDS) was founded 8 years ago by Peter Bundala, and its mission is this: “YAAPHA is committed to reducing illiteracy and poverty by addressing the needs of children and youth, providing primary education, life skills and entrepreneurship empowerment in Tanzania.” Check out this short video about Peter’s life and what sparked […]

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7 Reasons to Volunteer Abroad with Wild Chinchillas in Chile

Wild chinchillas used to roam the coastal regions, hills, and mountains of Chile, Peru, Argentina, and Bolivia. By the 1900s, chinchillas were almost extinct. Ironically, it’s their dense, soft fur, which keeps them warm in extremely high altitudes, that lead to the catastrophic decimation of this species by humans. Between 1800 and 1900, at least […]

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Things I learned Volunteering in a Brazilian Favela

In December 2015, during a time where most of society was focused on presents and holiday parties, I decided to take a trip to a Brazilian Favela called Vidigal, located in Ipanema with a colleague of mine. We wanted to experience the holidays among those that may not be as fortunate. As an upcoming photojournalist, I feel it’s […]