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Travel Buddy Of The Week: Condortrekkers

February 04, 2013

Congratulations to Condortrekkers, our Travel Buddy of the Week!

Based in Sucre, Bolivia, Condortrekkers provides ethical city and trekking tours--and all proceeds from tours are disbursed to local community and child support projects. Volunteers are needed to lead treks and tours, which usually last two or three days each. As a volunteer, you'll arrange your own housing and stay, which can range from a hostel to host family and more. 

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Travel Buddy Of The Week: EDventure International

January 28, 2013

Congratulations to EDventure International, our Travel Buddy of the Week!

With programs in Cambodia, Costa Rica, Thailand, and Australia, EDventure International inspires people through volunteer work, leadership development, and cultural immersion. Projects range from volunteering in schools, children's homes, animal sanctuaries, and more. Housing varies depending on the location, and volunteers must be 18 or older by the time they start their projects.

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Travel Buddy Of The Week: Teach Huaraz Peru

January 16, 2013

Congratulations to Teach Huaraz Peru, our Travel Buddy of the Week!

Teach Huaraz Peru engages volunteers to enrich the lives of various communities throughout the country. Projects focus on teaching across various levels, as well as childcare. Volunteers are invited to stay one week or longer, with a $200 placement fee and $105 per week for housing. To sign up, you must be 18 or older and speak English.

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Travel Buddy Of The Week: Supporting Kids In Peru (SKIP)

January 09, 2013

Congratulations to Supporting Kids In Peru (SKIP), our Travel Buddy of the Week!

SKIP Peru is an organization comprised of teachers, social workers, psychologists, economic development workers, and volunteers, all of whom work toward providing educational development opportunities to children in Peru. Each year, SKIP covers school fees, uniforms, and materials to hundreds of children; they also provide tutoring and classroom services outside of school.

Volunteers are welcome to sign up for one month or longer, and depending on the project, background...

Travel Buddy Of The Week: Malaika Ecotourism

January 02, 2013

Congratulations to Malaika Ecotourism, our Travel Buddy of the Week!

Based in Kenya, Malaika Ecotourism provides sustainable tours and projects around the country. Volunteer projects include conservation, humanitarian development, teaching, healthcare, and workcamp/internship placements. Programs last two weeks or longer, with housing provided in a group campsite or with a host family. Programs take place in rural settings, and volunteers and interns must be 18 or older and speak English.

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Your Volunteer Vacation Timeline

December 27, 2012

When choosing a volunteer vacation, you’ll find that most organizations ask you to submit your application several months in advance, and make your first deposit six weeks before your departure date.

They’ll need time to arrange:

  • Your itinerary, so they can schedule airport pickup and drop-off;
  • Your housing, as many organizations have limited accommodations; and
  • The work you’ll do—some groups get more volunteer requests than they can place.

And they want to make sure you can plan:

  • The most...

Travel Buddy Of The Week: AEC-TEA Association

December 26, 2012

Congratulations to AEC-TEA Association, our Travel Buddy of the Week!

Based in Capim Grosso, Bahia, Brazil, AEC-TEA Association's volunteers create educational projects and opportunities for individuals to meet, share ideas, and improve lives of those within their community. Volunteers in Brazil and worldwide are invited to join--a stay of three months or longer is preferred in most cases. Depending on the program, volunteers may need Portuguese language ability. Learn more at

Voluntourism And Other Travel Buzzwords: Defined!

December 25, 2012

While choosing a volunteer abroad program, you’ll come across some terms that often are used interchangeably. This book will focus primarily on volunteer vacations and long-term service, but let’s take a look at the more common types of travel associated with these two, and note the differences.

Volunteer Vacation

These are short-term programs that last as long as standard vacations, often cost about the same, and—of course—incorporate a service project. Overall, these programs are structured to engage many short-term volunteers over a...

Volunteer Abroad For Agriculture, Reforestation, And Gardening

December 24, 2012

Today’s topic is volunteering for agriculture, reforestation, and gardening—this is a great outdoor workout that improves your health and the community you’re working in. Let’s get started!

What’s Involved In Volunteering for Agriculture, Reforestation, and Gardening?

Agriculture: You can expect to help with farming (planting, removing invasive species, and harvesting) and irrigation techniques. The two most popular agriculture-focused volunteer trips involve organic farms and new, community-wide plots—the latter program...

Volunteer Abroad For Research Projects

December 21, 2012

For today’s article, let’s go over volunteer abroad programs that focus on research. This is a great area to volunteer in, especially if you’re a student seeking college credit for your volunteer work.

What’s Involved With Volunteering For Research Project?

These programs are interesting because there’s so much out there to research—a few examples include:

  • Monitoring bird habits in the wild, including how many there are, when they migrate, what they eat, and how they interact with one another
  • Cataloguing and organizing...