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4 Signs of Impending Change in Cuba

In 1996, a Gallup poll revealed  that only 10 percent of Americans had a favorable view of Cuba. Fast forward almost 20 years, and the same poll shows that 46 percent now have a positive view of the island. In addition to this change in public opinion, very concrete shifts are occurring between the two countries. Here are four … Continued

How to Volunteer at an Orphanage Responsibly

Volunteering at orphanages abroad has generated polarizing opinions — from a positive first person account of life as an orphan poignantly written by Wycliffe Sande — to warnings on the damage that orphanage tourism can inflict on children residing at these facilities. Sande’s essay about growing up on the streets of Uganda breaks your heart — … Continued

A Vivid Illustration of a Typical Day on a Volunteer Vacation

Do you dream of volunteering abroad, helping to enrich the lives of others while also enriching your own? If so, you may wonder what you’d actually be doing all day. Sure, the idea sounds lovely — but what would you be seeing, thinking, and feeling? Though everybody’s experience is different, we’d like to help you … Continued

How to Prepare Your Kids for a Volunteer Vacation

Winter break is right around the corner, which means we’re about to host lots of family trips with school-aged children — and we can’t wait! As you know, we love family volunteer vacations because they’re educational AND fun. If you’re about to embark on your first family volunteer vacation (or trip abroad, for that matter), … Continued

Yes, You Need to Unplug — Here’s How

When’s the last time you escaped — either with your mind or your body? When’s the last time you weren’t tethered to your cell phone and your email, your thoughts constantly interrupted by their pings? If you’re like most of us, you probably can’t remember when. Technology is a wonderful thing, but it’s become overwhelming … Continued