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Why Should You Pay to Volunteer?

Posted by on March 10, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

There are no two ways about it — volunteering abroad is an amazing thing to do.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of a volunteer vacation, you may have been put off by the cost, wondering: “Why the heck should I pay to volunteer? Shouldn’t it be free?!”

A valid question. While the concept of paying to volunteer may sound strange, it’s important to realize you’re paying for so much more than “just” volunteering: you’re getting a holistic and culturally-immersive vacation, you’re gaining education and knowledge through service, and most importantly, you’re supporting local people and organizations.

Still don’t believe us? Below, we’ll dive deeper into why you should pay to volunteer abroad.

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Feb
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4 Signs of Impending Change in Cuba

Posted by on February 27, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

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 signs of impending change in Cuba:Read More

Feb
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How to Volunteer at an Orphanage Responsibly

Posted by on February 17, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

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 — yet his moments of hope stemmed from volunteers at a nearby orphanage. He connected deeply with a British woman who never forgot him, eventually sponsoring his education until he was admitted to study law at London University.

Sande’s story is a resounding success, yet this perspective is not told frequently. Usually, it’s the darker side of orphanages that the mainstream media focuses on. That because orphanage tourism certainly is a problem when a facility doesn’t act responsibly or falsely represents itself.

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Jan
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A Vivid Illustration of a Typical Day on a Volunteer Vacation

Posted by on January 27, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

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 imagine yourself there.

So in this post, we’ve painted a vivid picture of a typical day on a Discover Corps volunteer vacation.

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Dec
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How to Prepare Your Kids for a Volunteer Vacation

Posted by on December 9, 2014 · 2 Comments  

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), you might be wondering how to prepare your kids. After all, you want them to get the most out of this experience by being excited and curious — rather than scared and unhappy. And to do that, you’re going to need to take a few steps before getting on the plane.

With that in mind, here are six ways to prepare your kids for a volunteer vacation:Read More

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Yes, You Need to Unplug — Here’s How

Posted by on November 11, 2014 · 2 Comments  

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 — and more and more people are realizing the benefits of unplugging.

Whether you do it through yoga, meditation — or our favorite: traveling abroad — it is clear that getting away can actually help you come back into focus.

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