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Vacations That Make You -- and the World -- Better

Mark Horoszowski | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Mark Horoszowski

Here are a few simple ideas anybody can adopt to help make the world a better place while traveling around it.

Travel Destination or Travel Devastation?

Elevate Destinations | Posted 03.27.2015 | Travel
Elevate Destinations

It's time to treat the planet like a patient and to vigorously support the many initiatives that better community life and protect wildlife and biodiversity where you are traveling.

Making It Better: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Fifty individuals and families have joined in, each giving $1 or more a day to support the grantees. Here are the extraordinary people we supported this week.

Don't Just Go Abroad -- Volunteer Abroad

Rachel Scott | Posted 02.08.2015 | College
Rachel Scott

Ask anyone about their study abroad experience, and they will tell you it was nothing short of amazing. But there is a secret to making it even better -- volunteering. You'll learn that service is a two-way street and you may be surprised with who receives the most at the end.

I Went to Africa and All I Got Was this New Profile Picture

Giselle Krachenfels | Posted 03.08.2015 | College
Giselle Krachenfels

Voluntourism is a damaging industry, but it is important to remember that it is not the only way for people to get involved. There are hundreds of organizations which work to provide sustainable, effective, locally based aid to communities in need.

Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good

Ethan Gelber | Posted 03.06.2015 | Travel
Ethan Gelber

While there's nothing new about the desire to give as much as (or more than) one gets, many of the means by which such charitable assistance can be delivered are quite novel. And these days the knowledge of how best to leverage both big-heartedness and the jargony lexicon used to describe it is constantly in flux

Short-term volunteer vacations: 10 charitable trips for the time-crunched traveler

Cheapflights | Posted 02.02.2015 | Travel
Cheapflights

Thinking of mixing some volunteer work in with your next vacation, but feeling tight on time? Short-term volunteer vacations are out there: Cheapfligh...

International Development Is Selfish Work

Joan Hanawi | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Joan Hanawi

I think the challenge regarding development work lies in the fact that people with good intentions must cross not only borders, but they must also cross cultural backgrounds, histories, and realities in order to "help."

Voluntourism: Why Helping Abroad Isn't Always Helping

Charlotte Robertson | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact
Charlotte Robertson

I had come, for a set time, with a specific task, without training, with the goal to save the world. I went to India with the audacity that my very being would somehow change the public education system of an entire country.

Little White Girls Aren't the Problem With Voluntourism; Privilege Is.

Pippa Biddle | Posted 12.28.2014 | Impact
Pippa Biddle

Privilege is, at its core, easy to identify but difficult to own up to. Those who experience it, myself included, struggle to openly recognize its existence as we hope beyond hope that our kind intentions and good will are enough to overcome it.

10 Ways to Fundraise for Your Volunteer Travel That Actually Work

Sucheta Rawal | Posted 10.05.2014 | Travel
Sucheta Rawal

You want to travel abroad, learn about a different culture and make a difference. You have only two weeks of vacation time and very little savings. Do you: (a) not take the trip, or (b) defer the trip to when your financial condition improves? The answer is (c): Fundraise!

Four Steps to Planning a Volunteer Vacation

Barbara McNally | Posted 10.04.2014 | Travel
Barbara McNally

If you love to travel, meet new people and experience different cultures, volunteer vacations are a great way to see the world. I've volunteered in the Canary Islands, Mexico and Jamaica. So, when I visited Thailand recently, I stopped by the local orphanage to check out a volunteer opportunity.

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.

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."

The Color of Volunteers' Skin Isn't the Problem: It's Their Attitude

Bekka Ross Russell | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Bekka Ross Russell

It's easy for 'voluntourism' to seem like a dirty word, and there is a very fine line between a genuinely helpful and mutually beneficial experience and one that, at best, has little to no impact.

7 Ways to Give Back While You Travel

Adam Pervez | Posted 05.10.2014 | Travel
Adam Pervez

Traveling is one of life's biggest privileges. Adventures and experiences of a lifetime are ripe for the picking on all seven continents and people often ask me how they can give back while they travel. Here are some suggestions.

The Privilege of Doing Development Work: Voluntourism and Its Limitations

Mario Machado | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Mario Machado

While I applaud the intentions of the voluntourists of the world, I think it is important for them to remain grounded in reality. They need to be constantly cognizant of their privileged positions to be doing development work in the first place and the limitations of both their time commitments and outsider status.

The Problem With Little White Girls, Boys And Voluntourism

Pippa Biddle | Posted 04.25.2014 | Impact
Pippa Biddle

After six years of working in and traveling through a number of different countries where white people are in the numerical minority, I've come to realize that there is one place being white is not only a hindrance, but negative -- most of the developing world.

6 Volunteer Vacations to Experience

U.S. News Travel | Posted 04.13.2014 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Yes, staying in a luxury hotel and parking your bum on the beach makes for an enjoyable getaway, but what if you're looking for a trip that's more meaningful?

5 Pieces of Advice for Volunteering Internationally

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 02.04.2014 | Travel
Benjamin Orbach

There is a lot to do to prepare for a successful experience. In honor of International Volunteer Day, and in an effort to develop more impactful partnerships, I offer these five pieces of advice to Americans planning to volunteer internationally.

Voluntouring: A More Conscious Way to Travel

Stephan Spencer | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Stephan Spencer

Voluntourism is for those who want to revamp the common vacation format to include giving back, and gaining perspective on their own circumstances.

This School Used to Be a Plastic Bottle

Stephan Spencer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Stephan Spencer

This school used to be a plastic bottle. This school also used to be an empty chip bag, a coffee cup and a candy wrapper. In fact, it used to be a whole village full of inorganic trash that littered the streets and clogged the rivers.

Kinshasa: Heart of Faith

Rosa Lia June | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Rosa Lia June

In October, 2008, as part of an internship, I traveled to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An orphan I spoke to said the most important people in his life were those who helped. When I asked him who helped, he said no one.

From 'Health' to 'Happiness': A Leading 50+ Expert Answers Your Questions

Alexis Abramson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.28.2013 | Fifty
Alexis Abramson, Ph.D.

As a leading lifestyle gerontologist for the 50+ population, I'm often asked a myriad of different questions.

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Hillary Kaylor | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
Hillary Kaylor

The Khmer people, they of the lovely almond skin complexions and river stone eyes, have a way of expression, perhaps like none other I have, or will e...