Friends of the Great Baikal Trail

The Great Baikal Trail Association (or GBT) is an international, volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that works to develop, maintain, promote, and protect Russia’s first network of hiking trails, and thereby advocates for the sustainable development of the largest lake in the world, Lake Baikal. Through affiliates at Friends of the Great... click to read more!

Volunteer Opportunities Abroad (Cusco Peru and La Antigua Guatemala)

Volunteer Teaching English

Volunteer in Latin America

Thousands of volunteers have trusted Maximo Nivel’s with their travel and volunteer aspirations. Our volunteer programs and gap year experiences take place in Cusco, Peru; and La Antigua, Guatemala, plus programs in the Sacred Valley and Puerto Maldonado (Peru), and Guatemala City (Guatemala). Experience experience new cultures while helping... click to read more!

Save Endangered Turtles at Osa In-Water Project

Measuring sea turtles

Help save endangered sea turtles in Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica!

Volunteers will assist our scientists and researchers in:

• Collecting data on population structure, genetic origin and in-water habitats of endangered sea turtles
• Hands-on experience in conservation efforts, environmental education and community projects

Volunteers will assist with in... click to read more!

Summit day on Kilimanjaro


By: Allison Feikes

The hardest goal I have ever set before myself was to climb the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. I had no previous climbing experience, but I saw Kili as an opportunity to achieve greatness. After four days of climbing for eight hours a day, day five started at midnight in order to reach the peak by sunrise. Only the stars in the sky and the snow around us were... read more!

The Yogurt Man Cometh

By: Allison Feikes

Upon the first day of orientation in Ankara, the Fulbright Commission gifted all of the English Teaching Assistants with a book, The Yogurt Man Cometh: Tales of An American Teacher in Turkey by Kevin Revolinski. I found tremendous comfort in Revolinski’s words. As the craziest and most bizarre stories began happening to me I thought, “How will anyone believe me? Is there anyone who will... read more!

That Time I Fell Asleep and Woke Up on The Coast of Cambodia Instead of the Mekong Delta

By: Elena Robertson

[Note: I do not have any images from this nightmare, but this serene image represents the antithesis of this horrific journey from transit hell.] After a wonderful day/night in Otres Beach, I hopped on a bus to Phnom Penh, where I would be meeting my mom’s good friend/my hero/role model/coolest woman I know for a few days of mothering before heading back to Long Xuyen. The... read more!