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.
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.
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.
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.