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5 New Ways to See the World While Making it a Better Place in 2017

New year, new travel plans. The first thing that typically pops into my head come January is, “Where will I go this year?” I always find myself daydreaming about my next destination and getting side-tracked by photos from far-off lands that pop up in my Instagram feed. And once I finally decide on where to go, my […]

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5 Ways to Include Sustainable Travel in Your New Year’s Resolutions

This is one of my favorite times of the year. It sounds cliché, but it’s usually the only time when I am at home for more than a few days, so I really look forward to the holidays and spending time with my family. In my house, this means making cookies, quoting Elf at least fifteen times […]

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How One Organization is Working with Orphanages in India for Long-Term Solutions

Orphanages are a controversial subject in the international volunteering industry. Over the past decade, stories and reports have highlighted poor practices in the industry, sketchy volunteer programs, and enough issues to give anyone pause. The fervor started over the orphanage scene in Cambodia, but spread to questionable tours in Africa and now fears grow for how expanding tourism […]

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The Psychology & Ethics of International Volunteering

The ethical landscape of the international volunteering industry is complex. It’s a twisting network of ideologies, methodologies, and different approaches to development and aid. It’s also the cornerstone of any discussion on volunteering. There’s an automatic trope in the West that volunteering is inherently “good.” This is sold by the media, by colleges, and by […]

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New Social Enterprise Opens in Bagan, Myanmar

A new partnership between Friends-International and the Myanmar Youth Development Institute is bringing vocational training opportunities to the youth of Bagan, Myanmar with the creation of Sanon, Bagan’s first socially responsible restaurant. For those of you who haven’t heard of Friends-International, it’s a social enterprise working toward providing a better future for marginalised children and youth, […]

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5 Reasons You Should Visit Iceland Now

For such a small country, Iceland bursts with adventures. Known as the Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland is full of just that — from volcanoes to glaciers, hot springs to snowy waterfalls, it’s a land of extremes. Visit during the summer and experience 24 hours of daylight. Or walk along Latrabjarg Cliffs and feel like you’re […]

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6 Easy Ways to Spend Locally & Create Meaningful Travels

Planning a trip is exciting. I love thinking about all the adventures — or the relaxation! — and scoping out the possibilities. Traveling creates a blank slate. You’re unburdened by the familiar and comfortable, you are free to do whatever you please. You haven’t yet found your favorite café nor your favorite used book store — it […]

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7 Apps Using Technology to Promote Sustainability & Change

Some of the best harmonies between technology and sustainability occur when everyday people are given the tools to make small changes in their daily lives. When combined, the impact of those two things has enormous potential. It’s all about the people power. These new apps do just that; they allow anyone with a smartphone to […]

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Barcelona — Urban Responsible Tourism Done Right

I can’t quite put my finger on what makes Barcelona my favorite city. The cobblestone streets winding between architecturally stunning buildings along the Mediterranean. The looming Pyrénées forever in the background, looking over every movement. Or perhaps the extraordinary, intricate Gaudí-inspired murals covering any once-blank surface. The locals are friendly and the weather is splendid. And the wine and the […]

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36 Beautiful Quotes About Volunteering & Travel

A good quote can serve of a handy reminder for why you’ve set out on a course in life. These ideas can also serve as a gentle nudge to reconsider and reframe how you see the world. There are many reasons to volunteer and serve, but the profound and underlying truth under them all is that […]