Tag: holidays




4 Reasons International Friendships Make the World a Better Place

Posted by on July 28, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

Claire and Amanda met as they boarded a rickety boat in the Amazon Jungle.

“Do you know where you’re staying in Iquitos?” Claire asked.


“Me either! Let’s find a place together.”

They traveled from Colombia to Peru as strangers down the Amazon River, then continued on to Bolivia and Ecuador as friends — eventually parting with tearful farewells to continue traveling in different directions.Read More




5 Reasons to Demonstrate Your Patriotism by Volunteering This July 4th

Posted by on June 30, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

The 4th of July is a summer highlight for many Americans: we launch fireworks, gobble hot (or tofu!) dogs, play backyard games, and revel in the outdoor festivities that are beloved traditions on this national holiday.

Indulging in these activities is great fun, but don’t forget this date is significant in our country’s history. And volunteering our services to neighborhood causes is an excellent way to celebrate the independence of our great nation.

The definition of “patriotism” is the willingness to sacrifice for one’s country. If everyone sacrificed a piece of their holiday to help neighbors in need, we’d see a positive impact in our communities.

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So this Independence Day, consider lending a hand to a cause in your neighborhood. Here are five reasons volunteering is a powerful way to create meaningful change in the country we’re celebrating:

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5 Worthy Organizations to Donate to in Honor of Memorial Day

Posted by on May 19, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

When you hear the words “Memorial Day,” what comes to mind?

If you’re like many Americans, you probably think of a long weekend filled with sunshine and BBQs. But don’t forget that the holiday is about much more than that: it’s a day to remember the brave men and women who have served in our military. 

Memorial Day is coming up on May 25th. In honor of this special day, we’ve rounded up some charities that are worthy of your time, money, and attention.

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5 Unique Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Posted by on April 21, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

Yahoo! Earth Day is upon us tomorrow: April 22!

To celebrate, you might decide to turn off and unplug all your electronics for the day, or gather all the plastics in your home and load them into the local recycling bin. You might check out one of our favorite sustainable travel blogs.

These are perfectly smart ways to be greener — but here are a few to make your Earth Day more memorable!Read More




How to Reclaim Your Happiness

Posted by on March 17, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

We can’t get enough of celebrations — and this one is designed for smiling!

The UN International Day of Happiness is coming up on Friday, March 20th, with a host of gatherings in public spaces and local communities worldwide.

In 2011, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution that stated happiness should be a “fundamental human goal,” effectively associating happiness with a culture’s health and growth.

Then in 2012, the first ever UN conference on happiness established a special day to “promote the well-being of all peoples.” Since that declaration, International Happiness Day has become a yearly movement of sharing what makes you happy.

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We all want better lives, but unlocking the key to happiness is difficult if you’re saddled down by a busy life that affords little room for change. True happiness is like playing the piano or riding a bicycle — it just takes practice!

In the spirit of embracing what really matters, below are some resources to help you find more fulfillment.

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Think the Holidays Are Too Commercial? Read This

Posted by on December 23, 2014 · 2 Comments  

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the materialism of the holidays?

If so, you’re not alone.

Amidst the endless advertisements and shopping trips, it can sometimes seem like we’ve forgotten the true meaning of the season.

There is, however, reason to believe that the spirit of giving is still alive and well in the United States. According to a recent infographic from The Corporation for National & Community Service, 62.6 million Americans volunteered over 7.7 billion hours of their time in 2014.Read More




10 Things We’re Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Posted by on November 25, 2014 · Leave a Comment  

Traveling to a developing country can be many things: exhilarating, eye-opening, scary, joyful, and challenging, to name a few. But there’s one emotion that is almost certain to surface after a trip abroad, and it’s gratitude.

This gratitude-inducing quality is one of the things that makes experiential travel so powerful; it makes you appreciate what you have.

Since our Discover Corps team firmly believes in practicing gratitude, we’re excited to share 10 things we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving.Read More



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7 Reasons a Volunteer Vacation Would Make the Perfect Family Gift

Posted by on November 18, 2014 · 1 Comment  

The holiday season is here! Which means decorations, desserts, family get-togethers… and presents.

If you’re stumped on what to get your family this year — or are simply sick of spending money on toys that go unused — we’ve got an awesome gift idea: a volunteer vacation.

Take your husband and kids on a trip, plan an inter-generational reunion, or surprise your grandchild with some special “grandma and me” bonding time.

The possibilities abound, and the rewards are endless. We think a volunteer vacation would make the perfect family gift, and here’s why:Read More