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10 International Friendships That Inspire Us

Posted by on July 30, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

It’s almost International Friendship Day! We love this holiday at Discover Corps because we believe the best way to discover a country is through its people.

We lead volunteer vacations to connect people and create friendships across borders. To celebrate these unique relationships, we’ve rounded up 10 international friendships that inspire us. We hope they’ll inspire you, too!

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Jul
28

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4 Reasons International Friendships Make the World a Better Place

Posted by on July 28, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

Claire and Amanda met as they boarded a rickety boat in the Amazon Jungle.

“Do you know where you’re staying in Iquitos?” Claire asked.

“Nope!”

“Me either! Let’s find a place together.”

They traveled from Colombia to Peru as strangers down the Amazon River, then continued on to Bolivia and Ecuador as friends — eventually parting with tearful farewells to continue traveling in different directions.Read More

Jun
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Meet Barbara: An Inspiring Blogger Who Traveled to Cuba With Us

Posted by on June 11, 2015 · 6 Comments  

In our bi-monthly profile series, we’ve introduced you to our founder, members of our international staff, and cool grassroots projects. This week, we’re excited to introduce you to someone who is not technically part of the Discover Corps family, but who we’re now proud to call one of our own.

Her name is Barbara Weibel, and she’s the mind behind the popular travel blog Hole in the Donut.Read More

Apr
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How a Volunteer Vacation Will Turn You Into a Global Citizen

Posted by on April 28, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

There’s no doubt about it: volunteering abroad changes you.

If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you’ve probably read why we think volunteer vacations are worth doing and paying for. But truthfully, it’s the intangible benefits that levy the heaviest impact.

Volunteering ignites an empathy and sensitivity to others that you may not have experienced before. You become a global citizen with a unique — and valuable — perspective on the world.

Which still matters when you return home. The United States is a melting pot of many cultures — so your perspective as a global citizen can lead to a deeper understanding of your home country.

Here are a few ways volunteering abroad can affect your overall view:

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Mar
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How to Reclaim Your Happiness

Posted by on March 17, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

We can’t get enough of celebrations — and this one is designed for smiling!

The UN International Day of Happiness is coming up on Friday, March 20th, with a host of gatherings in public spaces and local communities worldwide.

In 2011, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution that stated happiness should be a “fundamental human goal,” effectively associating happiness with a culture’s health and growth.

Then in 2012, the first ever UN conference on happiness established a special day to “promote the well-being of all peoples.” Since that declaration, International Happiness Day has become a yearly movement of sharing what makes you happy.

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We all want better lives, but unlocking the key to happiness is difficult if you’re saddled down by a busy life that affords little room for change. True happiness is like playing the piano or riding a bicycle — it just takes practice!

In the spirit of embracing what really matters, below are some resources to help you find more fulfillment.

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Mar
12

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Meet Humanity Unified: A Clothing Line That Supports Rwandan Women

Posted by on March 12, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

Did you know that two-thirds of the illiterate people in the world are female? That’s a shocking figure — one that needs to change.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we recently discussed how volunteering empowers women both at home and abroad. Continuing on that theme, we’re excited to introduce you to a new company launched by the founders of The Culture-ist (one of our favorite websites!).

Meet Humanity Unified, a socially conscious clothing line striving to empower Rwandan women through a variety of educational programs.

We talked with Maria Russo, Humanity Unified’s co-founder, to learn about her vision and future plans for the company. We hope her words will inspire you to support their mission — and create change!

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Mar
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Why One Man Called a Trip to Cuba “The Best Investment” He Ever Made

Posted by on March 11, 2015 · 2 Comments  

Meet John. He’s in his late 60s and traveled to the Soviet Union on a cultural exchange program when he was in college. As he grew into adulthood, the vivid memories from that trip stayed with him.

When he was in his 40s, the Iron Curtain quickly fell and Russia entered a period of rapid change. Coincidentally, John’s company sent him to Russia around this time — and he was able to witness its transformation. Being in the thick of these historical changes in Russia was one of the highlights of his life.

So, when John realized he could travel to Cuba on a cultural exchange program, he knew he had to do it.Read More

Mar
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How Volunteering Abroad Can Empower Women

Posted by on March 3, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

Woohoo! International Women’s Day is next Sunday, March 8th. The majority of our volunteer travelers are women, and we also make every effort to hire women abroad. Case in point: our lovely cooks in the Dominican Republic, whom you got to meet a few months ago. In other words, we support women all the way!

And we truly believe that volunteer vacations lead to women’s empowerment — both for our travelers and the women in the communities we visit.

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Feb
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5 Peace Corps Alumni Who Have Changed the World

Posted by on February 24, 2015 · 3 Comments  

Next Sunday isn’t just any old day. That’s because it marks 54 years of the Peace Corps, an organization that’s particularly meaningful to us here at Discover Corps. Not only are we proudly affiliated with the National Peace Corps Association — our founder Andrew discovered his passion for travel and service as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Simply put: Without the Peace Corps, Discover Corps wouldn’t exist.

When President Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1st, 1961, nobody could have guessed the magnitude of his dream. His chief goal was to allow other countries to gain more understanding of the United States, while in turn, for Peace Corps volunteers to understand the cultures they were meant to help.

In the 54 years since, more than 200,000 people have served in the Peace Corps and contributed to a better world. Many of them have gone above and beyond their service — so on this special day, we’d like to highlight five former Peace Corps volunteers who have done extraordinary things. We’re sure their stories will inspire you.

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Feb
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5 Travel Love Stories to Inspire You This Valentine’s Day

Posted by on February 12, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

Whether you’re a fan of Valentine’s Day or not, hopefully you’re a fan of love. Here at Discover Corps, we sure are: love for new cultures and experiences, love for friends, and love for family.

Because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, we’re going to celebrate romantic love today. And because we’re always obsessed with travel, we’re going to put a little twist on it and share five travel love stories that made us smile.Read More