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Why Your Kids Need to Travel: Reflections From Haiti

Elevate Destinations | Posted 09.28.2014 | Travel
Elevate Destinations

Many parents are right to be terrified about their kids' level of oblivion. Scheduled to the max, and investing their down time in an electronic matrix, many kids are lacking a skill we used to take for granted -- the ability to meet circumstances and challenges outside the lives that have been staged for them.

'Go Local!' and You Just Might Return a Better Person

Nicholas Kontis | Posted 08.25.2014 | Travel
Nicholas Kontis

On your next journey, ditch the idea of staying in an all-inclusive or high rise hotel. Make a positive mark on our planet. Become a better traveler. Go and find an authentic, original experience and "go local."

Is "Voluntourism" Itself Being Exploited?

Daniela Papi | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Daniela Papi

I'd love to see the image of volunteer travel shift away from people jumping off a plane saying "I'm here to help you!" to saying "I'm here to learn from you how I can be of help, now, or in the future."

Teaching the Joy of Reading in Zambia

Caroline Henshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Caroline Henshaw

Today is my first day on the Book Bus, a literacy charity founded by Tom Maschler, the creator of famous literary award the Booker Prize. I, along with five other volunteers and project leader Kelly, are slowly making our way to Twabuka Primary School.

One Small Step for You: A Look Into the Slumdog Children Across the World

Hillary Kaylor | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Hillary Kaylor

You walk from place to space, your shoes carrying you all the way. Protected and safe. But what if they took you somewhere else? To a prison, to a war zone, into a burning garbage dump?

5 Reasons To Travel To (And Volunteer In) Ghana

Cross-Cultural Solutions | Posted 12.27.2012 | Travel
Cross-Cultural Solutions

By using volunteer projects as a window into the local culture -- and vice versa -- you can have a unique and authentic experience abroad, unparalleled by a typical vacation.

PHOTOS: IMAHelps Medical Mission Volunteers Change Lives

Jeff Crider | Posted 10.30.2012 | Travel
Jeff Crider

While Gloria Soto-Reyes saw many patients in Nicaragua whose lives were torn by poverty and war, she said her IMAHelps medical mission gave her hope and changed the way she looks at the world and the impact people can have in it.

Inspiring Americans To Take Medical Missions

Jeff Crider | Posted 10.28.2012 | Travel
Jeff Crider

Ines Allen was only nine years old when her brother died, but she never forgot her brother's death or how poverty prevents people from accessing the healthcare services they need. She has spent the past 12 years building a network of more than 100 volunteers from across the United States who travel around the world working to help those in most need of care.

Why Voluntourism Makes Great Travel Memories

Tracy Christoph | Posted 09.27.2012 | Travel
Tracy Christoph

When you go on vacation your flight often takes you to a land of luxury, but when you volunteer, you land in a place of compassion, sacrifice and hope.

How To Make A Vacation More Meaningful

Jim T. Miller | Posted 09.12.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

If you're looking to do more on your vacation than relax in the sun or go sightseeing, volunteer service vacations -- also known as voluntourism -- are a great alternative and a growing trend among retirees. Here's what you should know.

Lessons Learned While Volunteering Abroad

Elevate Destinations | Posted 06.18.2012 | Travel
Elevate Destinations

Volunteering is not just about giving. By stepping outside of yourself you open up your world, ironically you are the one who becomes the receiver, and life delivers some magical lessons.

What Is Travel Philanthropy?

Elevate Destinations | Posted 06.13.2012 | Travel
Elevate Destinations

In an age of increasing awareness of world issues and global needs, there has been a recent surge in travel philanthropy or, more simply put, using travel as a means to give back. Well-intentioned people who truly want to make a difference simply don't know where to begin, or whether or not their efforts will really have an impact.

GADLING: 10 Volunteer Programs For Budget Travelers

Gadling | Jessica Festa | Posted 06.06.2012 | Travel

Pay to volunteer? While many people assume volunteering is always free, going abroad to participate in community service projects often costs money. I...

How To Volunteer Effectively After A Disaster

Elevate Destinations | Posted 06.06.2012 | Travel
Elevate Destinations

After a devastating earthquake shook Haiti, most efforts to help were certainly well intentioned. But it quickly became evident that some of these volunteer initiatives were actually causing more harm than good. Here's how to do it right.

The Impact Of International Volunteering

Cross-Cultural Solutions | Posted 05.10.2012 | Travel
Cross-Cultural Solutions

All too often in our culture, seniors feel left behind in the always technologically advancing society that is the U.S. today. Yet, there is a world of cultures that consider seniors wise and valued because of their life experiences.

Finding Authentic Change Through Authentic Travel

Doris Gallan | Posted 02.11.2012 | Fifty
Doris Gallan

Thanks to job burnout and a lack of information specific to Boomer travel, the original Big Official Trip Plan consisted of: Make it around the world in the next two years, see six continents and figure out what to do next.

5 Ways To Make Your Travel Sustainable

Winnie So | Posted 12.24.2011 | Travel
Winnie So

By the end of a 10-day trip that took me from Nairobi to the Laikipia District to the Masai Mara, I was a looking at the world through a different lens. Most empowering was the idea that travel can change lives. By bringing travelers into the lives of local communities, the lives of both are transformed.

Destin-Nation USA: Voluntouring America (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.21.2011 | Travel

America is blessed with such an incredible diversity of cities that travelers sometimes fall into the trap of taking towns at face value – seeing on...

Destin-Nation Japan: Voluntourism After The Disaster (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Ballhaus | Posted 09.05.2011 | Travel

After the earthquake triggered the tsunami and the tsunami sparked the nuclear meltdown, the world looked towards Japan - long an economic overachieve...

Destin-Nation Guatemala: Treating the Tropical Troubles (PHOTO)

The Huffington Post | Vilmarie Estrella | Posted 09.20.2011 | Travel

Forget Costa Rica. Guatemala's rough beauty and powerful history make it the desirable Central American destination for explorers with a philanthropic...

Destin-Nation Cambodia: Treating Wounds Outside the Temples (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.17.2011 | Home

Tourists come to Cambodia to see the temples at Angkor Wat. Yes, some people make it down to the beautiful coast or even out to the pristine islands i...

The Good, the Sad and the Expensive in Antigua and Lake Atitlán

Maria Russo | Posted 08.03.2011 | Travel
Maria Russo

2011-06-03-antigua.jpgAfter the awe wore off from exploring the Spanish Mudéjar-influenced Baroque architecture and traversing volcanic terrain around resplendent Lake Atitlán, a clearer picture of these destinations emerged.

Volunteer Travel: 6 Summer Trips That Give Back

Posted 09.19.2011 | Impact

With summer just around the corner, you're probably spending time looking for that perfect bathing suit, waxing up the ol' surfboard and daydreaming a...