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Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Blog, International Education, Interviews, Study Abroad, Teach Abroad, technology and travel, Travel, Volunteer Abroad, Work Abroad |

Interview with Travel720 (Now Project Travel)

Interview with Travel720 (Now Project Travel)

Jennifer Thomas, founder of Project Travel, (Formerly travel720), meets with The Traveling Advisor from Chicago, Illinois via Skype. She shares about the upcoming launch and how her website helps participants of international programs raise money to study, intern, volunteer, or teach English abroad and invite others to share in their journey. Since the original recording of this interview, travel720 changed their name to become Project Travel and I have officially joined the Project Travel team.  What is travel720? We are building an online fundraising community for program participants who want to study, volunteer, teach or go on service trips or people who want to engage in an educational travel experience. We felt it was really important to design a site with a community in mind and making sure it was something you could enjoy sharing with your family and friends. The moment you say “I will travel” that’s the time that your journey starts. It takes away a little bit of the stress from raising money but also makes...

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Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in Book Review, Guest Post, Travel, Volunteer Abroad |

Little Princes: A Book Review

Little Princes: A Book Review

This book review by Kelli Mutchler originally appeared on her blog, Too Mutch for Words. Too many travel narratives are written about the highly improbable, crazy or suicidal, vain-glorious antics someone participates in simply to publish.  Too few are written accidentally, by honest travelers. Conor Grennan is at least frank.  He confesses, within the first pages, that his round-the-world-trip plus volunteer-stint-in-Nepal was planned as a feel-good future pickup line. But then he meets the orphans at Little Princes.  And Grennan – a 20-something American with no prior experience in childcare or global development- discovers that he is more than just a foreign helper in an orphanage for trafficked children. As it turns out, wondering what you’re supposed to do in an orphanage is like wondering what you’re supposed to do at the running of the bulls in Spain- you work it out pretty quickly. Grennan’s initial experience turns into a three-year effort to reconnect children with their families.  Open and eager, Grennan never admits to anything but a surprising...

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Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Culture, International Education, Most Popular, Travel, Volunteer Abroad |

5 Reasons to Volunteer Abroad (And 5 Reasons Not To)

5 Reasons to Volunteer Abroad (And 5 Reasons Not To)

If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. ~Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s Today is International Volunteer Day (IVD). Every volunteer interaction means impact on  volunteers and communities and with “hundreds of millions” of people volunteering every year (United Nations), the potential impacts are significant. Volunteering can be a vehicle for good but also harm. For this reason, it is important to approach the time-honored practice of offering skills and services gratis with an open heart and a critical mind. Most volunteer organizations cite reasons to volunteer such as “make a difference”, “enhance your resume”, “learn about new cultures” and  so on and so forth. All of these may indeed be reasons to volunteer but what I would like to offer today is something quite different. It is an attempt at an  uncomfortably candid perspective on the issue of volunteering for those who have never volunteered but...

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Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Study Abroad, Teach Abroad, Travel, Travel Planning, Volunteer Abroad, Work Abroad |

Free Guide to Creating a Budget for International Travel

Free Guide to Creating a Budget for International Travel

Creating an international budget can seem like a real headache. With foreign currencies, first-time costs, and a heap of unknowns to contend with, where to begin? This guide will walk you through step by step to help you plan ahead and do your homework to understand your fixed and estimated costs. Click here to download this guide. If you are planning to travel and have questions, please feel free to contact The Traveling Advisor!...

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Change, Interviews, Volunteer Abroad |

Positive, Powerful, Visible: Interview with Volunteer Positive

Positive, Powerful, Visible: Interview with Volunteer Positive

In January 2012, twelve volunteers from the US traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand to work together with local organizations dedicated to promoting the rights and care of HIV positive people. Carlton Rounds shares about the impact of Volunteer Positive from his apartment in Portland, Oregon. What is Volunteer Positive? V+: Volunteer Positive (V+) is the first international volunteer service organization for people infected and affected by HIV. The motto for V+ is positive, powerful and visible because if you see positive, powerful, visible people living with HIV you are more likely to feel that way yourself and take care of yourself. What are some realities that HIV positive people face in the US and elsewhere? Up until a few years ago, there were more travel restrictions for entering countries and for coming into the United States. So, even when they had huge AIDS conferences, some of the delegates wouldn’t be able to come into the country to represent issues to solve the problem because that country wouldn’t give them...

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