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Your 5 Point Guide to Eco-Friendly Travel

5 April 2017

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Your 5 Point Guide to Eco-Friendly Travel

Are you a responsible and eco-conscious traveller? Check out these five simple ways to ensure eco-friendly travel whilst on the road in South East Asia...

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A Different Perspective: Volunteering with the International Humanity Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia

13 February 2017

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A Different Perspective: Volunteering with the International Humanity Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia

At first glance, Jakarta was just another bustling city, no different from any other that I have been to. And if you were just a passing visitor, that is probably what you would get. But, in my weeks here volunteering with the International Humanity Foundation (IHF), I have experienced a side of Jakarta that I would not have thought existed...

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Beyond the Temples of Angkor… Volunteering to Provide Free Education for Poor Children of Cambodia

2 May 2016

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Beyond the Temples of Angkor… Volunteering to Provide Free Education for Poor Children of Cambodia

Many travellers visit Cambodia to cast eyes upon the famous Angkor Wat Temples, yet, is there a richer experience to be had in this beautiful, yet impoverished country? Read one traveller's experience volunteering with SOID (Supporting Orphans and Indigent People of Cambodia for Development Organisation), a small NGO that provides free education to the poor children of Veal Village, Siem Reap...

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Sustainable Travel and ‘Voluntourism’ – What’s the Crack? Interview with The Bamboo Project…

9 January 2015

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Sustainable Travel and ‘Voluntourism’ – What’s the Crack? Interview with The Bamboo Project…

In recent years, some travel companies have attempted to bridge the ‘gap’ between having a good time whilst you travel and putting something back into the communities you visit. 'Voluntourism' has become a buzz word. But are these companies all that they are cracked up to be? We caught up with Mark and Steve, founders of ‘The Bamboo Project,’ a company that puts backpackers in touch with sustainable NGO projects in SE Asia to get some answers...

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The Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, The Philippines – How Can You Help?

13 January 2014

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The Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, The Philippines – How Can You Help?

Relief work and international aid is pouring into the Philippines as the country continues with its recovery from the strongest typhoon ever recorded on the planet. With wind gusts that hit up to 270 km per hour at its peak, parts of the low-lying islands were completely flattened, and thousands of people were rendered homeless. No strangers to natural disasters, the Filipino people continue to build and rebuild their lives with admiration. We discover worthwhile organisations to volunteer with and how you can help!

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Hanging out in the Borneo Rainforest: The Heart2Heart Orangutan Program

21 November 2012

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Hanging out in the Borneo Rainforest: The Heart2Heart Orangutan Program

Deep in the heart of the Borneo Rainforest lies a sanctuary for our closest ancestors and one of the most intelligent primates… the orangutan. At the Heart2Heart Orangutan program in Sarawak, Malaysia, we can all play a part in their protection.

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Responsible Volunteering in South East Asia: 15 Points to Consider

19 July 2012

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Responsible Volunteering in South East Asia: 15 Points to Consider

There are many opportunities for volunteering in South East Asia, from teaching English to conservation. Check out our points to consider before committing yourself to ensure the experience is rewarding for everyone involved.

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Backpacking? It’s a dog’s life! Volunteering with Lanta Animal Welfare in Koh Lanta, Thailand

26 January 2012

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Backpacking? It’s a dog’s life! Volunteering with Lanta Animal Welfare in Koh Lanta, Thailand

Would you like to give something back whilst you travel? Sometimes it is not all about seeing the Top 10 sights in a country, but about staying put for a while and finding out more about how your visit can help the local community. Jessica Simmonds from Scotland decided to take time out of her gap year to volunteer for three months in Thailand. She chose Lanta Animal Welfare, (LAW) a non-profit organisation based on Koh Lanta, Thailand, which takes care of the large population of stray dogs and cats on the island. Her experience was fun, rewarding and most of all valuable to the local area...

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Volunteering at Mr T’s Organic Farm in Vang Vieng, Laos

6 October 2011

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Volunteering at Mr T’s Organic Farm in Vang Vieng, Laos

If you’ve been to Vang Vieng’s town centre you’ll be familiar with the alcohol buckets, 24 hours ‘Friends’ marathons and souvenir shops that compose the backpacker enclave. You’ll definitely be familiar with the popular 'Tubing' scene. You may not, however, have heard of Mr T’s organic farm. It’s only 4km away from Vang Vieng’s town centre, but feels another world away from the hedonistic tubing and party culture that the small Laotion town has become so famous for in recent years. Traveller, teacher and writer, Penny Atkinson describes a very different side to the popular Laotion party destination...

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Backpacker Video Diaries: A Traditional Good Luck Ceremony in Laos

29 November 2010

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Backpacker Video Diaries: A Traditional Good Luck Ceremony in Laos

After teaching English to local children in a small village outside Luang Prabang in Northern Laos, Courtney, Kaberly, Danielle and Jacqui are asked to take part in a traditional Laotion ceremony. They are thanked for helping the students and blessed with good luck for their onward travels. A 'Baci Ceremony' only occurs once a year and the girls were overwhelmed and honoured to be a part of such an incredible cultural experience. Watch the video of their special travel moment here!

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