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May
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Meet Deirdre, Who Volunteered in Costa Rica with Her Grandchildren

Posted by on May 14, 2015 · 1 Comment  

It’s time to meet another intrepid Discover Corps volunteer! Today, we’re introducing you to Deirdre, who went on our Costa Rica volunteer vacation with her husband, daughters, and grandchildren. Intergenerational travel is growing more and more popular, and for good reason: it’s a great way for families to learn, bond, and spend time together.

Without further ado, here’s Deirdre’s lovely story of intergenerational volunteer travel.

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Apr
30

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Meet Judith & Lori: A Retired Couple Seeking Meaningful Travel

Posted by on April 30, 2015 · 2 Comments  

It’s been a little while since we’ve introduced you to some of our fantastic Discover Corps travelers, who inspire us with their stories, adventurous natures, and desire to give back.

Judith and Lori are a couple who completely exemplify that spirit. They’ve traveled with us to both Guatemala and Thailand, and we’re flattered they agreed to appear on this blog. We’re sure you’ll enjoy their insights on travel and volunteering:  Read More

Apr
16

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Project Profile: Building a Bottle Clinic in the Dominican Republic

Posted by on April 16, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

In this series of Thursday profiles, we’ve introduced you to everyone from our founder to our Costa Rica program coordinator. We’ve also introduced you the smiling cooks of our Dominican Republic home base. Today, we’re taking you back to the DR to profile a really cool project we’re involved in: the construction of a plastic bottle clinic.

If you’ve ever wondered what you’d actually be *doing* on a volunteer vacation, this is one fantastic example. Keep reading to learn all about how and why we’re building bottle clinics on our volunteer vacations in the Dominican RepublicRead More

Mar
26

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Meet Jeannie: Writer for The Volunteer Traveler

Posted by on March 26, 2015 · 2 Comments  

It’s time to meet another Discover Corps team member! Today, we’re introducing you to Jeannie Mark, who works for us a writer on this very blog.

You may have hear of her travel blog Nomadic Chick before — if you haven’t, be sure to check it out!

What got you into traveling? Is there a specific moment or experience you can point to?

Fear of regret! I was sitting in a cubicle, another day in a sealed office and realized this was not the legacy I wanted to leave. From then on, I started planning my round-the-world trip.Read More

Feb
19

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Meet Jasmine: Discover Corps Travel Specialist

Posted by on February 19, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

We’ve had a lot of fun introducing you to the various people who make everything at Discover Corps run smoothly. First, we met our travel specialist Alex, then we met our founder Andrew, and today, we’re introducing you to the lovely Jasmine.

She’s a sunny soul who is passionate about sharing the power of experiential travel with others. If you’re interested in going on a volunteer vacation with Discover Corps, there’s a good chance you’ll chat with her on the phone.

Put a face to the voice, and say hello to Jasmine!

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born in Oakland, CA, and from there I lived all throughout Northern and Southern California as well as Washington state (Navy family). However, I consider my hometown to be San Jacinto, which is a small town about 30 minutes from Temecula, CA. I currently live in sunny San Diego and love everything that comes with this city. I’m in love with anything and everything adventure related with a great view. I’m addicted to being outside — but being in the ocean or riding down the slopes of a mountain are some of my favorite adrenaline rushes. Also, I’m a huge foodie!Read More

Jan
29

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What a Volunteer Vacation in Guatemala Is Really Like

Posted by on January 29, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

We love being able to give you an inside glimpse into our immersive journeys of culture and service. Most recently, we shared a vivid illustration of what a typical day on a volunteer vacation looks like.

Now, we want to give you a detailed look at the day-to-day activities, excursions, and feelings that could occur on a volunteer vacation in Guatemala. The best part? It’s straight from the mouths of our travelers, who kept a group journal while they were there. Though we’ve lightly edited the entries for brevity and privacy, you can be sure this is an honest account of what our travelers were thinking and doing during their Guatemala trip with Next Step Travel.

So, if you’ve ever wondered just what happens day-in and day-out on one of our volunteer vacations, keep reading! Read More

Jan
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Meet Travis: Protector of the Pacific in Costa Rica

Posted by on January 8, 2015 · 2 Comments  

For lovers of nature — and especially the ocean — there’s nothing like Costa Rica. And if you’re as passionate about it conservation we are, there’s nothing like our Costa Rica volunteer vacations: Protecting the Pacific.

This trip, however, wouldn’t be anything without our in-country staff; so today, we’re delighted to introduce you to Travis, who is the director of our Protecting the Pacific program. He’ll tell you about his time in the Peace Corps, his work to preserve the Bahia Ballena Marine Reserve, and the surf and yoga school he runs with his family. Take it away, Travis!Read More

Dec
18

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Meet Andrew: The Founder of Discover Corps

Posted by on December 18, 2014 · 1 Comment  

Welcome to our next Discover Corps profile! This time, we’re introducing you to the man himself: Andrew Motiwalla. He’s our fearless leader here at Discover Corps, constantly inspiring us with his adventurous spirit and passion for service. In this profile, he’ll tell you all about his experience with the Peace Corps, which had a profound impact on him — eventually leading to his founding Discover Corps!Read More

Dec
11

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Meet Leonor, Isauri, Bechi, and Nero: Cooks in Our Dominican Republic Home Base

Posted by on December 11, 2014 · Leave a Comment  

In our past profiles, you’ve met a Discover Corps travel specialist and former volunteer — but what about our people in-country? They are a big part of what makes our organization so special. We love them, and we know you will, too!

So today, we’re going to introduce Leonor, Isauri, Bechi, and Nero (pictured from left to right above). They’ve all been working in the kitchen of our home base in the Dominican Republic for two or three years. If you join us on a volunteer vacation there, you’ll definitely meet them — and taste some of their delicious food!

Alright, time to meet these special women and hear what they think about their country and experience working with Discover Corps.Read More

Dec
4

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Meet Catherine, Who Traveled & Volunteered in Tanzania with Her Family

Posted by on December 4, 2014 · Leave a Comment  

Welcome to our next Discover Corps profile! Last time, we introduced you to Alex, a Discover Corps travel specialist who talked about his passion for people and travel. This week, we’re excited to share the story of Catherine, who, along with her husband and two college-aged daughters, took a Discover Corps volunteer vacation in Tanzania. Since then, she’s even started a wonderful volunteer charitable organization: Book Clubs 4 Change.

If you’ve been thinking about taking a family volunteer vacation, you’ll enjoy Catherine’s honest account of the highs, lows, and surprises of her trip.Read More