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Mar
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Interview from Thailand: Discover Corps’ Guide Tam

Posted by on March 18, 2019 · Leave a Comment  

After being a tour guide for so many years, you might think Discover Corps Guide Siwarkorn Hkt, or “Tam”, has probably done and seen it all. There’s something, however, that keeps him smiling and talking about how much he loves his job: the people. Of course, the wildlife and beautiful scenery on the Thailand: Elephants & Islands Expedition are incredible, but it’s the people that really stand out for him. From the conversations and shared experiences between travelers, to the time spent with locals, these relationships built while on your volunteer vacation stay with you for a lifetime.

“On the second day of elephant camp when we return in the morning time, the elephant makes noise to say hi or hello…the elephant remembers you, it smells you, it remembers your face and also your voice!” – Tam

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Feb
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Havana Biennial: Everything You Need to Know about Cuba’s Most-Anticipated Art Festival

Posted by on February 18, 2019 · 1 Comment  

The Havana Biennial is back! For the first time since 2015, the world renown, month-long art exhibition will be held this April in Cuba. If the countdown clock on biennialhavana.org is any indication, the world is eagerly awaiting its return.

Considering this event is nearly four years in the making and will help celebrate the 500th anniversary of the city of Havana, there is truly no better time to explore Cuba. Here’s everything you need to know about the highly-anticipated biennial festival, including a local’s perspective (quotations throughout) from Dayron Gonzalez, Discover Corps’ Cuban partner and Havana resident for 40 years:

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Feb
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To Love and Travel: 25 Perfect Quotes for Valentine’s Day

Posted by on February 14, 2019 · 2 Comments  

Travel in itself is quite a romantic endeavor: The mystery and intrigue of exploring new places. Freedom to notice beautiful everyday details. The rush from an abrupt change in plans. And of course, the possibility of crossing paths with an intriguing, yet complete stranger.

When these elements, however, are shared with another person, it can spark the inspiration from which novels are written. Or in this case, a list of heartfelt quotes. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some of the best for adventure, companionship, travel and love:

1. “Let’s go somewhere where nobody knows our name.” – Anonymous

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Feb
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Ask the Alumni: Cuba Trips through the Eyes of a Discover Corps Traveler

Posted by on February 8, 2019 · Leave a Comment  

Three Cuba Trips in and this Discover Corps Traveler Still Wants More

After three Discover Corps Cuba trips, some might consider Elaine an aspiring Cuban expert. The way she describes her experiences there, it’s clear she has seen a side of the country that many have not. Yet, as she shares, there is still so much she wants to see and learn.

Elaine kindly opened up about her adventures – which includes some valuable information for future Cuba travelers – and to no one’s surprise, she is ready to go back again. This time with the whole family.

‘’[The trip] gave me an emotional rush that lasted for two weeks after we got home. It was just so exciting. We’re so used to what we encounter in our everyday lives at home. We tend to think the rest of the world is like that. And it isn’t.’’

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Jan
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Best Time to Visit: A Travel Guide for Every Season [Infographic]

Posted by on January 9, 2019 · Leave a Comment  

When planning a vacation many travelers are also expert researchers. How many minutes is the second layover? Does the hotel have 4 or 5 stars? and especially, Is breakfast included? This information is valuable, but knowing when to travel is just as important. So to help the cause, we studied the best time to visit each of the must-see destinations below. Now, you can focus on that complimentary omelet with orange juice. Enjoy!

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Dec
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Letter from the Editor: This Year, Give the Present of Being Present

Posted by on December 17, 2018 · Leave a Comment  

“This reduction in stressors will free your family up to the lost art of single tasking.”

It’s crunch time! Don’t look at your calendar now, but Christmas Day is starting to come into focus, friends. We’ve officially entered the holiday season mayhem.

You know the routine. During this time of the year, event invitations pile up along with endless dirty dishes, your “trip to the store” transforms into the scene from the latest action film, and your shopping list goes up and up, but somehow your multi-colored lights haven’t found their way onto the front of the house just yet.

December does bring many joys: family, festivities and food, but if we’re honest with ourselves, what we’d really like to do right now is…breathe. There’s only so long we can continue to remember the next five things on our To Do list. 

So while the holiday season encourages you to go-go-go (and ho-ho-ho!), the Discover Corps team lovingly offers your family an opportunity to slow down and take in the moment. Or as we call it, give the present of being present.

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Dec
10

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What Does Pura Vida Mean to You?

Posted by on December 10, 2018 · Leave a Comment  

The popular expression pura vida is as synonymous with Costa Rica as the abundant wildlife and picturesque beaches that make up this small tropical country. If you’ve never visited this part of Central America, there’s a good chance the phrase (“pure life” in English) is new to you, but those that have spent time here know the saying is an everyday occurrence.

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Jul
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Interview from Tanzania: Discover Corps Guide Esther “Mama” Simba

Posted by on July 16, 2018 · Leave a Comment  

Esther Simba, or “Mama Simba” as she is called in her village, is someone full of life who you don’t soon forget. With an infectious personality, she has a passion for connecting different cultures as a way of improving our world. On Discover Corps’ Tanzania: Safari & Service trip, you’re welcomed into the Chagga tribe, just outside the town of Moshi, where as Mama Simba says “you’ll find the most kind loving and caring people.”

The friendships that we create, there are people who will never forget their time here because it arises something in ourselves that is different than in other people.” – Esther “Mama” Simba

Discover Corps’ relationship with Esther began over ten years ago when Discover Corps’ Founder Andrew Motiwalla got to know Esther. Although she declined the idea of hosting travelers at first, a chance meeting in Stone Town on Zanzibar Island just a few weeks later was enough to spark a friendship and one of Discover Corps’ longest partnerships abroad to date.

So what is the trip really like? Watch the video below and get to know Esther, and write any questions in the comments!

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May
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Interview from Belize: Discover Corps Guide Reyes

Posted by on May 22, 2018 · Leave a Comment  

According to Reyes, Discover Corp’s guide on the Belize: Wildlife Safari trip, Belize is “Mother Nature’s best kept secret.”

Reyes grew up in Belize in the city of San Ignacio and brings over 10 years experience in guiding travelers across Central America. He thrives on the hands-on interaction that travelers get with wildlife, the locals, and the culture on Discover Corps trips. For him, seeing the smiles on travelers faces as they begin to settle in to the laid-back culture of the country is the best part about being a guide.

On our Belize: Wildlife Safari trip, truly live amongst the nature that Belize is known for (listen to howler monkeys in the distance in the jungle right from your room!). In addition to exploring caves and enjoying the pool, learn about conservation as you visit an iguana sanctuary and butterfly farm, spot manatees and howler monkeys in their natural habitat, and snorkel the world’s largest barrier reef as you search for sea turtles, colorful fish, stingrays, and even nurse sharks in Abergris Caye.

So what is the trip really like? Watch the video below and get to know Reyes, and write any questions in the comments!

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