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10 Amazing Charity Cycle Rides You Must Join In 2017

Get active and see the sights while giving back. Here’s how.

Yoga in Aerial Silks in Costa Rica. Photo courtesy of Rancho Delicioso.

10 Best Transformative “Yoga And…” Retreats For A Powerful Trip

These yoga adventures incorporate writing, hiking, cooking and other immersive activities for a truly transformative vacation. Here’s how.

Starting the fire in the small rock oven. Photo courtesy of Katie Foote.

Peruvian Culture: Giving Thanks To Mother Earth Through A Volunteer Homestay Experience

As the heart of the Incan empire, the city of Cuzco, Peru represents the center of the indigenous Quechua culture. Beneath well-preserved colonial architecture and churches introduced by the Spanish conquerors, you can still spot Inca walls and roads supporting […]

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Voluntourism: It’s Not All Bad, As Long As You Do It SMARTER

Dear Potential Volunteers, Do you want a great volunteer travel experience and truly want to help? 
But you don’t want to get involved with unethical practices or bad “voluntourism?” 
You want to “volunteer abroad” and that’s different, right? Unfortunately, it’s […]

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How Billion Oyster Project Is Renewing New York Harbor’s Oyster Population

Did you know that New York Harbor was once home to hundreds of thousands of acres of oysters? Better yet… do you know how many of these oysters were left in the late 19th century? Oysters were long a key […]

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Ethical Intentions: Why Giving Isn’t Always Good

For many people, the words “giving” and “good” are almost synonymous. Giving is a selfless act. It helps others. It makes both parties feel, well, good. Even when your intentions are in the right place, there are times when the […]

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To Be Honest, I Just Want To Volunteer: Common Voluntourism Mistakes And How To Fix Them

That’s great – honesty is the best place to start – without honesty there are so many pitfalls – so many mistakes that well-meaning volunteers can make. My organization, People & Places, has been campaigning for better volunteer experiences for […]

These Voluntourism Companies Help Travelers Give Back While Still Enjoying Their Vacation

While many people think of travel as a time to pursue their own relaxation and enjoyment, it can also be a great opportunity to give back. Voluntourism trips have been gaining popularity for their positive contributions to society while still […]

The Plight Of Burmese Women Refugees (And How You Can Help)

Imagine a life as a victim of gender based violence and discrimination where you are living in constant fear. With a military regime that uses sexual violence against women as a weapon of war this way of life is an […]