Volunteer Travel

Teenager Thailand Volunteer Traveler Adventure

Teenager Thailand Volunteer Traveler Adventure

I’ve trained my teenage traveler well. I’ve never been more certain. After 30-plus hours of airport and flying time, when the wheels of her plane touched down in Los Angeles, the first …
Volunteering in Madagascar

Volunteering in Madagascar

Wooden huts, sand under feet, a cold water tap among the free roaming chickens; if you’ve never visited a developing country or been anywhere out of your comfort zone it’s hard to …
Five benefits of professional volunteering in India

Five benefits of professional volunteering in India

Most people go to India as observers, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of a country far different from their own. After teacher training college I remember some of my classmates …
8 Voluntourism Programs Just for Teens

8 Voluntourism Programs Just for Teens

The field of volunteer tourism, or “voluntourism”, has been growing in popularity. There are programs for just about every interest, they take place in foreign countries, usually off the the beaten tourist …
Learning Ethics from Elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Learning Ethics from Elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand

It’s not quite what you expect when you arrive at your holiday accommodations. Instead of:  ”Welcome, there is chocolate on your pillow and happy hour starts at 5?” my visit to the …
Volunteering with the “Cat Ladies” – Lana’i Animal Rescue Center

Volunteering with the “Cat Ladies” – Lana’i Animal Rescue Center

Kathy Carroll talks with humor about her nickname as the “cat lady” on Lanai. If that nickname makes you think of an old-lady recluse with a dozen cats, then you have the …
WWOOFing in Sicily

WWOOFing in Sicily

Eurail Italy Youth PassRick Steves' Italy 2014 The working day  doesn’t start too early at La Casa delle Acque, a small organic orange farm at the foot of Mount Etna in Sicily. It’s …
Wildlife Conservation Projects around the World

Wildlife Conservation Projects around the World

Slowly edging our way along the river bank, the light from our torch scanned for the unmistakable orange glint reflected in the eyes of this night-time killer. A close relative of the …
Best Meal Ever – Tijuana, Mexico – Daily Photo

Best Meal Ever – Tijuana, Mexico – Daily Photo

Sometimes a great meal is great because of the cuisine. Sometimes it is the companions or the ambiance. This unlikely photo is of me having one of the meals I remember most …
New Spanish Immersion Program / Volunteer Program in Oaxaco, Mexico

New Spanish Immersion Program / Volunteer Program in Oaxaco, Mexico

I was asked recently for a recommendation on a Spanish language immersion program but came up empty. While I have wanted to take Spanish classes in Mexico or elsewhere in Latin America, …