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How You Can Volunteer with Children Abroad

Posted by on July 21, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

Kids understand kindness. Even those born into difficult circumstances possess an appreciation for our world and an innocence that can be incredibly uplifting.

If you love kids — whether you have your own or just enjoy spending time with the offspring of others — then volunteering with children is a great way to make a difference.

Teaching is the most popular option; helping out in a classroom gives you the opportunity to develop meaningful connections with young people. By volunteering at schools, you can help communities that lack the funds to hire enough teachers, purchase the proper supplies, and provide the individualized attention children need.

Here at Discover Corps, we love kids and believe our volunteers can have a positive impact on their lives. We offer you the opportunity to work with children in the following destinations:

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Jul
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What’s in a Name? Why You Shouldn’t Automatically Trust the Biggest Volunteer Organizations

Posted by on July 7, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

People naturally seek comfort in recognition. They buy brands they’ve seen in commercials, eat in restaurants their friends have talked about, and smile at people whose faces they know. But when it comes to selecting a volunteer organization, the more recognizable names are not necessarily the best options.

Big organizations of any kind are complicated; the more money and people required to keep something running smoothly, the more potential you have for things to go wrong. Large charities and volunteer organizations are no exception.

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Large organizations may seem trustworthy because you know their name and logo, and have met people who’ve worked with them in the past. But, before giving your time and money to them, consider the following:Read More

Jul
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Meet Jane: A Passionate Solo Female Volunteer Traveler

Posted by on July 2, 2015 · 3 Comments  

It’s time to introduce you to another volunteer traveler! Remember Catherine, who traveled to Tanzania with her college-aged daughters, Deirdre, who traveled to Costa Rica with her grandkids, and John, who called his Cuba trip the best investment he’s ever made?

Well now it’s time to meet Jane, a solo female traveler brimming with passion and love for volunteering abroad. Her enthusiasm for giving back is obvious from her interview below — and we hope it inspires you as much as it inspires us! Read More

Jun
16

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What Should You Pack for a Volunteer Vacation?

Posted by on June 16, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

Maybe you’ve finally booked that dream volunteer vacation to an exotic country. Before you can start connecting with people and making a difference, though, there are a few important things to do — and packing is one of them!

You’ve got to account for a myriad of factors like climate, personal comfort, and your daily activities. Gah! Sounds stressful — especially if you’ve never set foot in a developing country before.

Don’t worry; we’re here to help. We’ve traveled with all kinds of people (to all kinds of places!) and have put together a basic list of what to pack to volunteer abroad:

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Jun
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Is a Volunteer Vacation Right for You? Let’s Find Out

Posted by on June 9, 2015 · 2 Comments  

Volunteer vacations are a unique way to experience the world.

For some people, they might lack some of the luxuries of more traditional vacations, like swan-shaped towels and beach-side cocktail service. But for others, volunteer vacations are the perfect type of cultural experience that opens your eyes to new places and people. Though volunteer vacations aren’t for everyone, one thing’s certain: they can leave an impression that will last a lifetime.

Wondering if a volunteer vacation is right for you? Answer the following questions, and we’ll help you decide.Read More

Jun
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Is Voluntourism Bad? This Kind Is…

Posted by on June 2, 2015 · 1 Comment  

Are you pondering that overseas volunteer vacation with excitement? Who can blame you? We sure can’t!

Once you start checking out voluntourism companies, it can be tempting to choose one with a packed itinerary that has you hopping from one point to another. Though traditional travel is about seeing as much as you can, you should be wary of this trend in volunteering.

We call this type of voluntourism “drive-by volunteering” — and what often happens is you only touch upon the surface of development and service, when you could be digging deeper.

This is the kind of voluntourism that makes people question our industry; it is the kind of altruism people only partake in to polish a resume or share on social media.

If you’re in search of a truly meaningful volunteer experience, here are four reasons why you should avoid drive-by volunteering:

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May
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How to Decide Where to Go on a Volunteer Vacation

Posted by on May 26, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

So you wanna go on a volunteer vacation? Awesome.

Now all you have to do is decide where — which is no small task when you’ve got the whole world at your fingertips!

From Africa to Asia to Latin America, opportunities abound to learn about a new culture while giving back. Since we know deciding where to volunteer is tough, here are a few questions you can ask yourself to narrow down your options.

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May
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Why You Don’t Need a Partner to Travel

Posted by on May 12, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

Do you wish you could travel the world — but have hesitated because you don’t have anyone to go with you?

We frequently hear from people in the same boat. They’re filled with wanderlust but are afraid to travel solo, thinking it’ll be lonely, dangerous, or boring.

They’re wrong.

You don’t need a partner to travel — especially on one of our volunteer vacations. In fact, traveling solo has several benefits; we’ll list three of them below, as well as one common question solo travelers have.

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May
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5 Reasons You Should Volunteer with Costa Rica Sea Turtles

Posted by on May 5, 2015 · 4 Comments  

Costa Rica is a nature-lover’s dream come true, not to mention one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet.

The Central American ecotourism hotspot offers more than its fair share of natural wonders for adventurous travelers to explore. From the remote rivers of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge (near the Nicaragua border) to the mystical cloudforests of Monteverde, from the wildlife-rich jungles of the Osa Peninsula to the tranquil Caribbean coast of Tortuguero National Park, each of these ecosystems offers its own unique pleasures.

There are clearly countless reasons why we love Costa Rica. But one of our favorites is the opportunity to do volunteer work with Costa Rica Sea Turtles. This excursion allows us to get up-close and personal with one of our favorite marine species, working side by side with the experienced conservationists who have made it their life’s mission to protect them.

Here are five reasons why we think everyone– especially wildlife lovers– should have a chance to volunteer in Costa Rica Sea Turtle conservation:

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Why Is Everyone Talking About Intergenerational Travel?

Posted by on March 31, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

When’s the last time you traveled with your family?

Baby boomer travel is at an all time high, and statistics show that “intergenerational travel” is part of that trend.

Just like it sounds: intergenerational travel entails traveling with multiple generations of one family, which could mean you, your kids, and your grandkids, or just you and your nieces.

Sounds fun, right? Traveling with your extended family is the perfect opportunity to reconnect.

But what kind of trip should you take? Adventure travel might be too rigorous for the youngest and oldest in your family, and theme parks may interest the grandchildren more than the adults.

Our suggestion? A volunteer vacation. It’s a well-balanced combination of fun, adventure, and education — not only for the little ones, but also for you!

Let’s break down why volunteering abroad works on many levels for your next intergenerational vacation:

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