Posts Tagged with "volunteering"

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

Monday, February 13, 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

Monday, May 2, 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? We Get Advice From The Experts at The Bamboo Project…

Friday, January 9, 2015

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Sustainable Travel and ‘Voluntourism’ – What’s the Crack? We Get Advice From The Experts at 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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Will Yours be the Trip of a Lifetime? How to Prepare for the Best Time of Your Life!

Monday, April 21, 2014

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Will Yours be the Trip of a Lifetime? How to Prepare for the Best Time of Your Life!

The decision is made. You are going to follow your dreams and travel to an exciting new part of the world. Hurrah! But before you pack your bags and wave goodbye to the familiar, have a read of my tips to make sure you get the very most out of your trip.....

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

Monday, January 13, 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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Beer to Mulberries! Is Vang Vieng, Laos, Turning Around Its Boozy Reputation?

Monday, June 17, 2013

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Beer to Mulberries! Is Vang Vieng, Laos, Turning Around Its Boozy Reputation?

'Tubing' was a phenomenon that spun out of control, an activity that made the sleepy town of Vang Vieng, Laos, a notorious hotspot on the backpacker party scene. However, in September 2012, the bars along the infamous stretch of the Nam Song River closed. The slides and the zip wires were demolished and the drinking was stopped. With a reported 22 deaths taking place over high season last year, the Laos Government decided enough was enough. Tubing was banned. So what has happened to Vang Vieng since? Are backpackers missing Laos from their itinerary? Writer, traveller and volunteer at the SAELAO Project, Linda Stansberry discovers an interesting 'Eco-Tourism' revolution taking place in the former party town...

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Responsible Volunteering in South East Asia: 15 Points to Consider

Thursday, July 19, 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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Mud, Sweat and Rice

Monday, July 11, 2011

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Mud, Sweat and Rice

As the World’s largest exporter of rice, Thailand’s country and culture revolves around this tiny pearly grain. Paddy fields dominate over half of all the arable land area and consume over 50% of the country’s labour force. Rice can also be found throughout the Thai menu, in all it’s forms and varieties. The most common type of rice grown in Thailand is Jasmine rice, known locally as 'Hom Mali' and it is in a paddy field full of the crop that my story begins! 20-year old student Laura Davies, on a three-month internship with S.E.A Backpacker Magazine, spends the day in a rice field learning about Asia's most important grain...

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