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4 Easy Ways You Can Be More Sustainably-Minded When You Travel

SPAIN | Sun, 13 May 2018 | By genyvoyager | Views [152]

If you’ve been thinking about how you can be better to the environment and the cultures you visit when you travel, then keeping a few things in mind can go a long way toward making a difference. As travelers, we want to know that we are positively ... Read more >

Tags: sustainable travel, travel, voluntourism

Positive Footprints: Australia

AUSTRALIA | Mon, 12 Mar 2012 | By positive_footprints | Views [9335] | Comments [2] | Video

Join Phil Sylvester, our Travel Safety Specialist and World Nomad as he sets of on a World Expeditions' community project in North East Arnhem Land, working alongside the indigenous Yolngu Aboriginal rangers to restore sea country by removing and cataloging ... Read more >

Tags: arnhem land, australia, community project, footprints network, volunteer, voluntourism

Saying Adios to the students of Ayudamos a Vivir...

ECUADOR | Sun, 11 Sep 2011 | By colleen_finn | Views [838]

Today was my last day at the school, which completes the first phase of my Ecuadorian vacation. We had a special program complete with dancing, food, and a puppet show. A visitor came by the school to see the facility and observe the students. She engaged ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, language, voluntourism

Mis amigos especiales...

ECUADOR | Fri, 9 Sep 2011 | By colleen_finn | Views [1020]

It's inevitable that I have my favorites. It happens every time and there's no rhyme or reason to it. I have several this time, but I think the most special is Vanessa, who I've already mentioned. She's mentally sharp, but trapped in a body contorted ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism

Un dia en la vida...

ECUADOR | Thu, 8 Sep 2011 | By colleen_finn | Views [988]

The neighbor's rooster is confused. Muy confundido. At 1:30 in the god-forsaken morning, he begins notifying all within earshot that dawn is at hand—a full 3.5 hours before the first rays of sun make their timid appearance. Soon after, the neighborhood's ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism

Hay uno solamente...

ECUADOR | Tue, 6 Sep 2011 | By colleen_finn | Views [982]

This is going to be a challenge. This is my fifth volunteer trip. Of those five, only twice did I actually do the job for which I applied. It's funny how that works, but it's yet another instance in which you must 'go with the flow.' Well this time, ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, language, voluntourism

Buenos dias from Quito

ECUADOR | Sun, 4 Sep 2011 | By colleen_finn | Views [869]

It's been a stressful summer at home. When I travel, I often feel "ready" for a vacation , but I don't recall ever feeling quite as desperate for time away as I have before this trip. Here's a little story to illustrate just how much I've cracked ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism

Adventures of a Voluntourist: Vietnam

VIETNAM | Tue, 31 Aug 2010 | By colleen_finn | Views [1190]

This is the fourth and final installment of a series that I've written for WorldNomads, the company that hosts this blog. The anecdotal stories focus on my experience volunteering abroad. http://journals.worldnomads.com/responsible-travel/story/62254/Vietnam/Adventures-... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism

Adventures of a Voluntourist: India

INDIA | Mon, 9 Aug 2010 | By colleen_finn | Views [1103]

This is the third installment in a series of four stories that I've written for WorldNomads, the company that hosts this blog. The anecdotal stories focus on my experience volunteering abroad. http://journals.worldnomads.com/responsible-travel/story/61228/India/Adventures-... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism

Adventures of a Voluntourist: Peru

PERU | Thu, 22 Jul 2010 | By colleen_finn | Views [1105]

This is the second installment in a series of four stories that I've written for WorldNomads, the company that hosts this blog. The anecdotal stories focus on my experience volunteering abroad. http://journals.worldnomads.com/responsible-travel/story/60273/Peru/Adventures-... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism

Adventures of a Voluntourist: Greece

GREECE | Sat, 10 Jul 2010 | By colleen_finn | Views [1168]

WorldNomads, the company that hosts this blog, contacted me to see if I was interested in contributing stories about voluntourism to their Responsible Travel page. I was pleased to do it and my first (of four) stories appears here: http://journals.... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism

Solo Travel: 10 Tips to Avoid Feeling Alone

WORLDWIDE | Tue, 6 Jul 2010 | By travel-tips | Views [6328] | Comments [1]

Travelling alone can be a very liberating experience, however it can also be a daunting one. As independent as you may be, there are times when you might feel alone on the road. We asked our travel community to share their tops tips for travelling ... Read more >

Tags: couchsurfing, hostels, independent travel, solo travel, tour guides, travel tips, traveling alone, voluntourism

An interview on blogtalk radio...

USA | Fri, 2 Jul 2010 | By colleen_finn | Views [1039]

I was recently interviewed by Kim Orlando of Traveling Mom for her blogtalk radio show. Have a listen! (Tip: If you don't have the patience to listen straight through, my part begins at around 20:00 into the show--just slide the cursor forward.) http:... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism

On war, struggle, and saying goodbye...

VIETNAM | Sun, 16 May 2010 | By colleen_finn | Views [1970]

My last official day at the orphanage was Friday, but I couldn't stay away. After meeting with a new friend on Saturday, I introduced her to the kids who have stolen my heart. Today, I returned to the orphanage alone to say my goodbyes. When it was ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism

A birthday in Vietnam...

VIETNAM | Thu, 13 May 2010 | By colleen_finn | Views [1790]

Yesterday was my birthday. The day started by taking the bus to the Ky Quang temple/orphanage, which is more Vegas than Vietnam in its appearance. The temple was built to appear as though it was carved into a mountain of rocks, with huge fake boulders ... Read more >

Tags: voluntourism

War remnants...

VIETNAM | Tue, 11 May 2010 | By colleen_finn | Views [880]

As I mentioned before, the orphanage where I am volunteering is privately run by a Buddhist organization in a fully functional Buddhist temple (Ky Quang). Government orphanages are available here, but they are very crowded; as a result, children in ... Read more >

Tags: sightseeing, voluntourism

On the Mekong, motorcycles, and volunteering...

VIETNAM | Sun, 9 May 2010 | By colleen_finn | Views [964] | Comments [1]

After a few days of relaxation in Sihanoukville (a sleepy Cambodian beach town), it was off to Vietnam. The first stop was Chau Doc, which is a small city in the Mekong Delta. It was while in Chau Doc that I had the pleasure of experiencing a motorcycle ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism

Positive Footprints - Vietnam Village Trek

VIETNAM | Thu, 15 Apr 2010 | By positive_footprints | Views [9583] | Comments [1] | Video

Positive Footprints - Vietnam Village Trek - tells the story of how a group of committed healthcare professionals gave their time and expertise to bring medical care to remote villages in the Mai Chau Highlands, Northern Vietnam. Supported by local ... Read more >

Tags: documentary, footprints, health, medical trek, positive footprints, trekking, vietnam, volunteering, voluntourism, world nomads

Questions to Ask Before You Volunteer Abroad

WORLDWIDE | Tue, 30 Jun 2009 | By travel-tips | Views [5401] | Comments [1]

All in all volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for both you and the community – just be sure you do your homework before you go to avoid disappointment.  Here's some questions we think you should ask Ask Yourself: Establishing your ... Read more >

Tags: responsible travel, travel philanthropy, volunteer travel, voluntourism

My last day at the center...

INDIA | Sun, 19 Apr 2009 | By colleen_finn | Views [800]

After several days of volunteering in a cramped room in 100+ degree heat, we finally had a morning with a breeze, making the temperatures tolerable enough to take the boys to the park. As we walked through the busy Nizamuddin Railway Station, it pained ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism

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