October 05, 2009
Update! We've made a video about this blog post--watch it here!
While it might be tempting to forego exercise on your travels, it shouldn’t be forgotten. If you’re working on a trail building, construction, or similar project, then you’re in luck—your workout is built in! However, if you’re on a less physically demanding project, then you’ll probably want to put together a workout plan, even if it’s just a few simple routines.
Cardio is the easiest part...
October 01, 2009
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Today let’s talk about medicine and travel—how do you get your prescriptions while traveling abroad? And how will you know what vaccines you’ll need before your trip?
If you know you're going to be traveling abroad, especially to a developing country, the first thing to do is to visit your general practitioner or a travel clinic if...
September 18, 2009
Today, let’s go over volunteering for disaster relief—these are first-response and ongoing programs to help a community or group of people following natural and manmade disasters.
What’s Involved In Volunteering For Disaster Relief?
Volunteers can be on-call or ongoing participants for disaster relief projects, which help to provide preliminary and ongoing help after natural or manmade catastrophes.
This can include debris cleanup, search and rescue, First Aid or other medical care, and preventative strategies (such as bracing shelters against hurricane wind damage).
September 15, 2009
What’s Involved In Volunteering For Trail Work?
These projects range from light work to strenuous. Volunteers clear brush or invasive species; map trail routes; help build new trails by moving debris and flattening the route; create signage for nature walks; build bridges across streams, lakes, and rivers; and observe and report on flora and fauna in the area.
Trail projects are some of the most flexible service activities worldwide, allowing volunteers to work for one day to several months, and with different levels of difficulty depending on hiking experience and overall health...
September 14, 2009
For today's post, let's talk about volunteering for business administration. This is an extremely versatile project that can help build the economic structure of an entire community, or just assist with the day-to-day work of a small company.
What’s Involved In Volunteering For Business Administration?
With administrative work, you’ll help with such projects as:
- Grant writing
- Office management
- Greeting visitors and conducting tours
- Brainstorming business development ideas
- Writing newsletter articles...
September 10, 2009
What’s involved In Volunteering With Children?
Orphanage Assistance: This is one of the most common types of volunteer abroad programs, and one of the most hotly contested. Volunteers usually work with children whose parents have passed away, or whose parents cannot or will not take care of them. Projects can focus on childcare, teaching, and extracurricular activities. Because this is one of the most popular types of programs available, it has also been widely corrupted, with scam artists and abusive “childcare” centers exploiting children for money from unsuspecting...
September 09, 2009
Today’s featured topic is art projects, which can include painting, music, theater, and other creative media.
What’s Involved In Volunteering For Art Projects?
Often, these projects fall into the community development or small business categories.
Community Development: Art projects are a great way to celebrate the history and culture of an area. Many volunteer groups will create murals, plays, musical arrangements, and parades to celebrate indigenous heritage, a community’s accomplishments, and more.
Small Business: A good number...
September 08, 2009
I had the opportunity a few years ago to volunteer with leatherback sea turtles—our group monitored the beach for nesting females, collected their eggs for safe hatching, and escorted hatchlings along to the water. It was a wonderful trip, and I’m excited to share this work with you!
What’s Involved In Volunteering With Sea Turtles?
Sea turtle nesting season takes place in the summer months, and hatching season starts in the late summer, lasting through the early- to mid-fall. Volunteer activities usually include:
Patrolling beaches at night for nesting turtles...
September 04, 2009
Update! This blog has been turned into a video--check it out here or read the transcript below!
I’m going to highlight a few scenarios that probably won’t happen to you, but they’re still good to know about and prepare for just in case.
If you’re like me, then you absolutely love jewelry. Or maybe you’re a dude. But the point is, for those of us who pick out an awesome pair of earrings and the perfect bracelet in the morning, it’s tempting to pack the right jewelry for the right outfit while traveling....
September 03, 2009
Continuing this week’s theme of packing for your trip abroad (here are my posts on clothing and toiletries), let’s move along to entertainment and electronics!
Questions To Consider
First off, what will you definitely use on your trip abroad? This of course depends on your priorities—while I’m fine foregoing the camera for the one on my phone instead, you might be much more of a photographer than I, and will absolutely need the extra bag!
If you’re staying in a hotel, hostel, or guesthouse, will they have a safe large enough to store your electronics (and passport, plane...