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Determing the next great trip and adventure can be a challenge: finite money and time must vet seemingly infinite travel opportunities. Generation Z travelers are turning to social media to help them in their due diligence, finding the next-best-destination, trend and activity. Allie Jones in a recent article for Conde Nast Traveler examined the trends and motivators sending the newest generation of travelers around the world. Gen Z Are Starting to Travel—And Instagram and YouTube Determine Where They Go By ALLIE JONESJuly 29, 2019 Experts differ on the exact confines of America’s newest generation, Gen Z, but for the purposes of this article, let’s say that it includes anyone born after the year 1995. That means that Gen Z’s oldest members are now in their…

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Corporations of all sizes have international suppliers, manufactures, agents and customers. Learning about the countries, communities and people is important in understanding how best to manage these business relationships.Kimberly Haley-Coleman of Globe Aware has decades of experience leading groups around the world on short-term volunteer experiences and creating and managing volunteer abroad solutions for groups and companies of every size. Managing Risk and Reward When Volunteering Abroad Nearly every public company in the world, and an increasing number of smaller companies, have some level of international engagement linked to their core business. It's part of the globally connected present. Industries ranging from medical, tech, import-export, energy, and finance to agriculture, production, construction, manufacturing, marketing, executive and risk management need to be alert to how geopolitical…

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A family’s tradition of sending grandchildren, once they reach the age of 16, on trips to introduce them to different cultures and people and around the world continues. Here is a travelogue entry by Zeth to Guatemala with Globe Aware. Previous grandkids selected volunteer work in the Andes mountains of Peru, with the Roma people of Romania and in a small rural village in the West African country of Ghana. Day One: Lake Peten Itza, El Remate, Guatemala Moments like yesterday are why I’m a travel junkie. The guys still asleep, I took an early walk along a small road where we’re staying. What a treat! No city noise, only the idyllic sounds of nature: tropical birds unlike we hear at home … the occasional…

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Use these strategies to calm your mind as a traveler with anxiety. By Elaine K. Howley, ContributorThis article is based on reporting that features expert sources including Indra Cidambi, MD; Moe Gelbart, PhD; Sanam Hafeez, PsyD Anxiety is the most common mental illness in America, affecting about 40 million people, or more than 10% of the population, according to figures from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Anxiety can occur in any number of settings – day-to-day worries and generalized anxiety disorder are common. But it can also result from more specific, short-term reasons, such as getting ready for a big trip. As with other types of anxiety, “when we talk about travel anxiety, it’s important to understand that it’s real," says Dr. Indra…

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by Huyền Phương & Lê HươngJuly, 11/2019 Driftwood, broken fishing nets or flip-flops may be rubbish to many people, but through the skilful hands of Hồ Công Thắng, who resides in An Bàng Village in Hội An, this detritus is transformed into unique objects. When he was younger, Thắng realised he had a passion for turning rubbish into useful objects. He could spend hours working on his creations. In 2016, he returned to Việt Nam after three years working in Japan as a shipbuilder. He chose Hội An to settle down as he thought the tourism destination would be a good market for handmade souvenirs. He soon opened a shop named Art Garden Décor, offering decorative items made from rubbish and recycled materials. His workshop…

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By MARTY TRILLHAASEMay 15, 2019 It’s admirable that Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, and Reps. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy, and Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, compiled a perfect attendance score in Olympia this year. But when you’re following strict rules, it’s easier to be diligent. Schoesler, Dye or Schmick operate under a less-than-forgiving system: If they don’t show up to vote, their constituents back home in the 9th Legislative District will hear about it. Not so in Idaho. Spending time in the Legislature interfering with your business? Get yourself a temp. Legislative service interfering with your vacation plans? Hire a sub. Want to get an early jump on campaigning for office? Appoint a fill-in. You can’t find a more lenient system anywhere else. It’s almost as if the legislators…

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Monday, 29 April 2019 13:05

A profound volunteer travel experience

Idaho Senator Brent Hill shares the profound impact a Globe Aware volunteer vacation he took to Vietnam with his sons had on him. What Vietnam taught me about Idaho By Sen. Brent Hill | Guest columnist Apr 25, 2019 Vietnam. The very word sent chills down the back of every young man facing possible military draft during the sixties. It summoned to the mind other words like guerrilla warfare, Vietcong, communism, casualties. Over a quarter of a million American families lost a loved one in the Vietnam War. Four times that many Vietnamese were killed. As a boy growing up in the 1960s, I never expected to visit Vietnam — at least not for peaceful purposes. But earlier this month, three of our sons and…

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Friday, 26 April 2019 15:16

Volunteer vacations a growing trend

10 News, Tampa Bay's and and Sarasota's CBS station, recently looked at volunteer travel and volunteer vacation trends and their growing popularity. Volunteering on vacation is a fast-growing trend You can help others while seeing the world is a new trend! Author: Jenny DeanPublished: 11:00 AM EDT April 25, 2019Updated: 11:00 AM EDT April 25, 2019 TAMPA, Fla. — A vacation often means rest and relaxation, but more and more people are looking at traveling as an opportunity to help others and give back. "I've been up the Amazon River, I've been to Vietnam, Romania, Guatemala, Haiti, several places in the United States, Puerto Rico, all over the Caribbean," said Don Germaise. Germaise is a familiar face to many in Tampa Bay, but this former…

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This article in Christian Science Monitor gives some great tips about what to think about when planning an overseas volunteer experience. How to volunteer abroad: five points to consider MARCH 20, 2019 By Pamela Hawley Some 1.6 million people serve in places of need each year, according to a 2008 study. One popular country is Morocco, where volunteers are working in orphanages or assisting at schools. Thailand is also popular. One thing volunteers can do with an organization called Globe Aware is help preserve elephant habitat. There is so much good to do in the world! If you are planning a trip, here are some pointers to make your volunteer opportunities the greatest. 1. Prepare in advance. Make sure you take time to understand the…

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For those looking to have a career in nonprofit industry, one of the best ways to get experience and build your resume is to get in lots of volunteer service experience, whether domestically or abroad. This article explores this topic and gives additional information on what else is needed. LEARN MORE

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 11:59

Volunteering and Healthy Living

Using hard earned-vacation or paid time off to volunteer may not resonate with everyone right off the bat. Understanding how volunteer travel and volunteering both domestically and internationally creates a healthier lifestyle, while also helping and learning from others is important. Working together as equals with host communities is a major focus in all Globe Aware programs. Read more and find out where to begin with Globe Aware’s volunteer abroad programs CLICK HERE

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There are many different reasons to volunteer, some of the obvious being that your efforts are good for the community and it makes you feel great. This article discusses how volunteering abroad on a volunteer vacation with groups like Globe Aware is also particularly great for your health and well-being.  As a way for clearing your mind and refocusing, putting yourself into a new and interesting culture while giving back can be as powerful as a yoga retreat. Read here for more on how service abroad can be good for your body and mind: CLICK HERE

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Friday, 01 February 2019 13:44

Preparing for Volunteering Abroad

One of the most common questions we hear from potential volunteers is, What shots or vaccines do we need before traveling to our destination? In many cases, there are no mandatory shots or vaccines, but we always recommend checking with your general practitioner and referencing the US Center for Disease Control’s website. It’s important to be aware of any recommendations that are not necessarily mandatory for entering a specific country. It is also wise to know about your host community’s geographic location. For example, mosquitos may be prevalent in some parts of a country while in other areas with a higher altitude, they may not be a problem at all. For more information on how to better prepare for a volunteer vacation, visit https://www.abroaderview.org/prepare-volunteer-vaccinations

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 13:54

Student Volunteerism

Exposure to new places, cultures, and ideas is vital to broadening the world view of our students and a key component of Globe Aware’s mission. Volunteer vacations are also a great way to develop lifelong skills and passions that may not be realized in other avenues. Read the attached article for insight on these benefits and others involved with student volunteer travel. LEARN MORE

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Monday, 07 January 2019 12:53

Tourism to change for the better in 2019

As major tourist destinations become overrun with tourists searching for the perfect photo for social media, many are turning to alternate ways of exploring new destinations. Volunteer vacations are a fantastic way to not only see the major sites, but also learn from the local people and culture. Working side by side with local experts on a variety of community driven projects will open your eyes and heart in a way that is incomparable to travel as a typical tourist. The sharing of thoughts, ideas, customs and beliefs will leave a long-lasting impact. Check out this article on predicted travel trends this year and reach out to Globe Aware to help plan your meaningful travel adventure. LEARN MORE

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As 2019 quickly approaches many people are starting the process of setting goals for the new year. One common goal is to be more intentional with giving back and volunteering. To make this resolution happen this year it is vital to assess interests and strengths in order to foster a rich experience for both the volunteer and the recipient community. Globe Aware offers an array of international volunteering experiences that can focus on individual’s skills or strengths. Read this article to see some of the benefits of volunteering abroad and locally. The importance of volunteering in the community Volunteering connects you to others By Reggie ConnellThe Apopka Voice One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the…

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Globe Aware is one of the few organizations that offer opportunities to families of all ages to participate in our volunteer travel programs. It is important to understand the growth and emotional capacities of children during these vital years and the effect that has on them as adults. How do you raise children to become caring, philanthropic centered adults? Read more here on how to foster a sense of compassion in your children. LEARN MORE

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 14:45

Corporate volunteer travel opportunities abound

Corporate volunteering is a great way to build teamwork and company cohesion while giving back The corporate world is changing, and many employees are unaware of the amazing benefits that their employers offer them when it comes to volunteering. Volunteer time off and corporate matching are just a couple of ways in which employers are encouraging their employees to give back. Globe Aware works with these companies to maximize the impact of your time and charitable donation on a volunteer vacation. Check out this article to see how these companies are promoting volunteerism in their local communities and beyond. 7 employers with great volunteer benefits

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Inspiring Volunteer Tourism Participation  Volunteering has an incredible impact for both the volunteer and the community being served. It might be hard to measure in numbers, but Morven Maclean takes a unique approach at assessing this and lays out tools for both volunteer tourism organizations and volunteering groups at large. Take a look at this article for helpful tips on increasing volunteer participation and securing funding. Volunteering has a crucial impact - so prove it! Volunteering participation in Scotland has remained largely static over the last ten years, with just 28% of adults volunteering in 2017. If we’re serious about driving participation rates and inspiring new audiences to volunteer, we need to start shouting about the incredible impact that volunteering can have, on volunteers, on…

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Volunteer Vacations for Retirees Many people struggle with balancing a meaningful lifestyle after reaching retirement age. Voluntourism trips are a great way to connect with a local community, see the world, and learn from incredible people from all walks of life. Check out this article that dives a little deeper into traveling and volunteering once retired and steps you can take now to ensure a fulfilling experience. How to Travel the World After You Retire PATRICIA DOHERTYOCTOBER 14, 2018 Hitting the road after retirement, whether by vehicle or plane, train, or cruise ship, is the goal of many people contemplating a work-free future. Both retirees and those years away from retirement look forward to relaxation, travel, family time, and leisure activities, according to a survey…

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Summer is here and that means family vacation! Many families prefer resorts and all-inclusive experiences, while others prefer a good hiking and camping trip. While there are dozens of family summer vacation ideas, we want you and your family to find the right trip for you! Check out these 11 Family Summer Vacation Ideas For Every Type of Family to inspire your next family adventure: For the Outdoorsy Family Does your family love to be outdoors? The opportunities for your family are endless. How about spending a few days in a fancy tree house? Out n’ About Treehouse Treesort in Oregon is a family run business, sure to suit your every need. Not only will you be staying in the trees, but there are plenty…

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 11:09

Have fun! Help People! Teaching in Cambodia

It all started with a Facebook post. 'Anybody want to join me for a 1-week volunteer trip to Cambodia...?' Well, sure I do! And thus began a life-changing adventure! On the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, despite the holiday madness, my friend Mira Wooten was gracious enough to drive me up to SFO. There I met my friend and co-pilot on this adventure, Kyle. Kyle and I have been friends for almost 30 years. He and his husband travel extensively and often ask for friends to join them. I always wanted to say yes and the time was finally right! At 5 minutes after midnight, while turkeys were defrosting all across the US, our Singapore Airlines flight took off for Cambodia, by way of Hong Kong,…

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 10:36

Voluntourism - Your Ticket to Cuba

Story and Photography by Donne Paine I believe hurdles in life are meant to be jumped over are and not obstacles to stop us. When initial plans to vacation in Cuba were derailed by hurricane Irma, my heart was broken but not my spirit. I had to find another way to get to this island, which sits only 90 miles off the coast of Miami. Enter Globe Aware, a non-governmental organization (NGO) with volunteer programs in 17 third world countries. They are a “voluntourism” group—a mixture of volunteering and touring. Initially waitlisted, I joined a group of four in December for a week, and had an experience not to be forgotten. Cuba is much more than classic cars and cigars. It is a country full…

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 11:34

Student Travel Opportunities Abound

6 Suh-WEET Student Travel Sites to Bookmark by DANIELLE DESIMONE Making traveling for students a reality Although you may not always want to do your homework, getting the most out of your travel experience means doing your research. If you want the most affordable student airfare deals, hottest restaurant scenes, and helpful tips on navigating new sights and cultures, you’re going to want to use the best student travel sites on the World Wide Web. Learn More

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Family volunteering holidays Is your family ready to really make a difference on your next overseas trip? By Carolyne AllmarkApril 2, 2017 Nobody wants to raise spoiled, entitled kids with no sense of empathy, or any idea of how lucky they are to live a life revolving around happy school days, a lovely home and – if you’re living here in the UAE – world travel at their finger tips. And it’s exactly this desire to travel and immerse in another culture that’s presenting families with the most exciting, and potentially life-changing, opportunity to do something really useful – and to give back – with their next holiday. Globe Aware is a non-profit organisation that plans volunteer vacations for families around the world, helping to…

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Friday, 31 March 2017 11:50

Can Volunteering Boost Your Career?

Huffington Post How Volunteering Can Boost Your Career? 03/31/2017 06:46 am ET Volunteering abroad is definitely the best way to travel to a new destination and make a difference to the people of the host community.Beyond the obvious benefits of volunteering, it also adds some brownie points to your Resume, and boosts your career. Employers are always looking for candidates who have an extra edge over others, when it comes to work experience and grassroots level involvement. The question might arise in your mind - Why Corporate Houses and Hiring Managers are more keen of employing volunteers? The answer is - While full-time work experience undoubtedly counts, there’s a financial interest attached to it. To put it more clearly, one draws a salary in lieu…

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By Matt Chernov February 14, 2017 Though some might imagine the typical volunteer as a college student gaining valuable life experiences in a far-off country, the truth is that all types of people generously donate their time and energy every day. More than ever, this includes families volunteering together while on vacation. Beyond the benefits that volunteering can have on the community, the values it instills in young people are priceless. Children and teens who volunteer learn life skills, develop empathy and gain a feeling of self-respect and confidence that will last well into the future. To help you plan a volunteer vacation, here are five destinations and programs that you can share with your entire family. Globe Aware - Orosi Valley, Costa Rica Since…

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 10:56

What do you know about volunteer vacations?

Oct 18, 2016, 04.26 PM Volunteer vacations or ‘voluntourism’ are exactly what they sound like; individuals spend anywhere from a few days to a couple of months working on social and environmental projects. Would you rather spend your annual two weeks of vacation sipping sangrias on a tropical beach or building greenhouses in the mountains? Would you opt to spend your time on a luxurious Caribbean cruise or teaching school kids in a remote area? Today more and more people are signing up for the latter options, in line with a rapidly burgeoning tourism trend known as volunteer vacations. Volunteer vacations or ‘voluntourism’ are exactly what they sound like; individuals spend anywhere from a few days to a couple of months working on social and…

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016 10:26

Using your vacation to do good

August 23, 2016 Wisconsin State JournalBy LISA M. DIETLIN For Lee Enterprises Are you always in search of that one-of-a-kind special vacation? Are you constantly trying to find time to do good? There’s a tremendous opportunity to have a very special vacation, meet amazing people, visit places you’ve never been all while making a difference by taking part in voluntouring or in a do-good vacation. Voluntouring is a chance to  participate in programs around the world that make a difference within a short time frame – anywhere from one week to about three months, while vacationing! Because you're donating your time and effort to a nonprofit organization, a significant portion of your vacation costs may even be tax deductible. Here's how voluntouring works: You will…

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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 10:38

5 Ways To Give Back When Traveling

Travel Pulse writer Janeen Christoff explores the many forms and partners volunteer vacations are available.  Cruise Line & Cruise ShipCarnival’s new social impact cruise line, Fathom, debuted with much fanfare in April — and has continued to garner accolades from the traveling public throughout its inaugural sailings. One of the keys behind the experience that separates Fathom from other cruise lines is its dedication to voluntourism. Fathom provides cruisers the chance to immerse themselves in the cultures of Cuba and the Dominican Republic and make a difference by participating in a variety of volunteer projects offered as shore excursions by the cruise line.Its success speaks to the growing popularity of social impact in the traveling community. Voluntourism is one of the fastest-growing trends in travel…

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Writer Linda Formichelli's new book "How to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life — While Only Occasionally Wanting to Poke Your Eyes Out With a Sharpie" has a chapter on volunteering and features Globe Aware as one of the resources. Formichelli considers the fact women want to do, see, and experience everything they can to create a rich, memorable life, including rraveling, volunteer work, athletic events, entertaining, reading, learning, and trying new things but life and responsibilities get in the way. She offers a plan on how to do it all: Why stress should be welcomed, not avoided. The importance of living a do-it-all life. Why you shouldn’t expect support from your family…and where to get it instead. Why…

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Great news article by By Erika Miranda, writing for The Latin Post, on how youth can be inspired to give back to their community through volunteer vacations. Teach youngsters to be grateful for their blessings and give back to the community while enjoying their Spring break vacation in Latin America. Nowadays, youngsters look forward to Spring break because it is a chance to get away from all the toils of studying and spend time with family and friends out of town or overseas. While that sounds like fun, there may be better ways to enjoy the vacation while doing something to better the lives of others. Globe Aware Globe Aware can help your teenagers tap their inner altruistic self by going to Costa Rica where…

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Friday, 23 October 2015 00:00

Voluntourism comes to Cuba via Dallas

Globetrotter Kimberly Haley-Coleman takes East Dallasites around the world By Brittany Nunn As the Obama administration eases travel restrictions to the long-exiled island of Cuba, millions of Americans are preparing to flock there in the upcoming years. Among those celebrating is Kimberly Haley-Coleman. Haley-Coleman, a multigenerational Lakewood resident, is the founder and director of Globe Aware, an organization that takes groups to countries for short-term, volunteer-centric trips. It’s “voluntourism” at its best, taking people into 17 countries from Costa Rica to Cambodia, and Haley-Coleman is especially excited to add Cuba to her list. Since the ’50s, when tension between the United States and communism reached its Cold War boiling point, Americans largely have been banned from traveling to the island nation, which sits less than…

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015 15:38

Global Wings volunteer takes flight

Adan Gonzales was one of Globe Aware’s first recipients of the Global Wings initiative. Gonzalez grew up in Oak Cliff, a predominately Mexican-American community in Dallas that is mostly known for crime and socioeconomic strife. As a child, he sensed a disconnect between his surroundings and the American dream his parents had believed in when they immigrated to the United States in the 1980s.  Street violence was an everyday concern for the family as well as what seemed to be a series of never-ending financial blows. Adan was inspired by his parents’ work ethic and perseverance and at the age of eight, began to sell movies and snacks at the local flee market to help afford school uniforms for him and his brother. As his…

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Thursday, 18 June 2015 12:48

International Day of the African Child

  UniversalGiving™, a website that helps people give and volunteer with the top-performing projects all over the world, is recognizing the International Day of the African Child and some of the better projects and volunteer vacation facilitators. UniversalGiving Celebrates International Day of the African Child On June 16th, 1976, about ten thousand schoolchildren marched in Soweto, South Africa to protest the poor quality of education they were receiving, as well as to demand the right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of these young children were shot, simply for daring to believe that they deserved better. The International Day of the African Child (DAC) is a holiday taking place on June 16th that seeks to commemorate the children who died in Soweto, recognize…

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Monday, 22 June 2015 12:48

Volunteering and Your Dream Job

Mark Horoszowski is Co-founder of MovingWorlds.org, a global platform connecting people who want to volunteer their skills with social impact organizations around the world. Mark recently wrote this great article on volunteering which appearred in his blog and in The Huffington Post. Good for the World, Good for You - This Infographic Shows How Volunteering Can Help You Find and Get Your Dream Job Finding and earning your dream job is no easy journey, but it turns out that doing good for the world might be your golden ticket. Over the past few years, we've spoken with hundreds of volunteers, hiring managers, recruiters, and career coaches to explore the theory that volunteering can help people get their dream job in any sector: public, private, or…

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Writer Sally Bassett Brown offers a commentary in Carmel, IN, Current in Zionsville newspaper on the joys of traveling abroad, engaging locals and volunteer vacations. One of the greatest joys of leading “voluntourism” retreats, trips mixed with travel and service, is the mixture of ages within a group.  Recently I had 20 people join me to Costa Rica including high school students, an 11 year old girl and a 5-year old boy.  Our oldest was 70 years young.  Bernadette was a delight as she zip lined through the rainforest for her first time.  Grey, our 5 year old from Zionsville, kept everyone joyfully engaged throughout the week as we worked at our International Center for Girls. The group visited the school on four different occasions. …

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Thursday, 16 July 2015 12:48

The Student Becomes the Teacher

A family traveled to Siem Reap, Cambodia on spring break and shared their experience and the confidence-building activities their son engaged in during their Globe Aware volunteer vacation. Learning in a one-to-one environment helps students build confidence. They grow in ways they never knew possible, and try new things they may have not done before. Patrick, a Fusion Park Avenue student, is a glowing example of this. He and his family spent their spring break on a service trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Patrick"s mom sent the Park Avenue team the following email about their trip: “I hope everyone had a nice spring break. I thought you guys might like to see some highlights from our sightseeing and service trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia with…

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Friday, 06 November 2015 12:48

Difference Maker

Globe Aware was featured in the October 29th issue of The Christian Science Monitor: People Making a Difference. As part of The Christian Science Monitor's efforts to Create a World Where Giving and Volunteering Are a Natural Part of Everyday Life®, the publication regularly features NGO partners. The Christian Science Monitor also uses social media to continually inform readers about how they can get involved with the NGO partners. Difference Maker Alexis Hurd-Shires found her calling helping Syrian refugees She headed to Lebanon with the general aim of doing some good. Finding a struggling refugee community badly in need of a school, she decided to open one. Beirut, Lebanon — When Alexis Hurd-Shires decided to leave the United States and move to the Middle East,…

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:43

Being Aware of Your Globe

Globe Aware founder and executive director Kimberly Haley-Coleman wrote an article for Everyday Ambassador's “Wednesday Wisdom”, a weekly series curated by Everyday Ambassador Partnerships Manager Anjana Sreedhar. In her article, Kimberly highlights central values such as empathy and patience, and how they all relate to building a comprehensive cultural understanding about our environment. As a high school student in Dallas at Hocakday, I was fortunate to be able to travel internationally and to be involved in many lo­cal community service projects from candy striping at hos­pitals to working in women’s shelters. I was interested in other cultures and languages from a young age, and perhaps most specifically how cultural conditioning dictates such a great amount of our behaviors. It is something we don’t often examine, that…

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Saturday, 02 May 2015 00:00

Make more of your time off

Writing for the Dallas Morning News, Lynn O’Rourke Hayes, editor of familytravel.com, offers suggestions on creating a family bucket listy with meaning. Make your time off mean more Are you creating your family travel bucket list? Here are five things to consider as you put yours together. Let your values lead the way. Ask yourself what aspects — geographically, spiritually and culturally — of the world you want to share with your loved ones. Then create your list of possible destinations and experiences accordingly. Share your heritage. Have you spent time in the area where you were raised? Have you toured the Old Country or explored your family’s genealogy? Time spent researching your family story and planning a trip to uncover more detail or to…

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

Voluntourism improves lives

Winnipeg Free Press columnist Jen Zoratti examibnes the impact voluntourism has on communities, lives. 'Voluntourism' opens eyes, improves lives Volunteer tourism -- or the more buzzy "voluntourism" -- has been at the centre of much debate over the past couple of years. Once a niche in the travel industry, volunteer tourism is an area that has seen real growth as more and more Canadians are eschewing luxury resort vacations or European backpacking trips to build schools or teach English in developing countries. The profile of a voluntourist is usually young, middle- to upper-class and educated. Many of them are "gap year" students, taking a year off to go learn about the world. On the face of it, it seems like a righteous act. What could…

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Friday, 10 April 2015 00:00

World-Positive Leadership

Writing for Huffington Post, Mark Horoszowski, co-founder of MovingWorlds.org, a global platform connecting people who want to volunteer their skills with social impact organizations around the world, examines how volunteer travel and corporate volunteering can benefit companies. World-Positive Leadership Development Programs What is one thing that the Kenyan Red Cross and Microsoft have common? A lack of access to the expertise and skills needed to grow and make a bigger impact. In both cases, this "talent gap" is slowing progress. Research proves that major companies, like Microsoft, have a lack of quality, globally-minded leaders AND that they recognize this as one of their biggest challenges. In the case of the Kenyan Red Cross, and other social impact organizations working to address last mile challenges around…

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Thursday, 30 April 2015 16:00

Trips that will lift your earning potential

Writer Morgan Quinn looks at volunteer vacations for U.S. News & World Report and considers the career and résumé they may hold. 6 Vacations That Will Boost Your Résumé These trips will give your earning potential a lift. By Morgan Quinn April 30, 2015 No matter how many corners you cut and airfare deals you score, taking a vacation is expensive. What's more, many Americans avoid taking time off altogether because they're worried how it will affect their careers. A 2014 Glassdoor survey found that U.S. employees only use only half of their eligible paid vacation and paid time off. A U.S. Travel Association study last year also found that nearly half of employees continue to check their work email when they do go on…

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Friday, 17 April 2015 00:00

Homeless are individuals, not problems

Marilyn Jones, correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, examines a former police officer's unique understanding and approach to homeless individuals in his Northern California community. Robert Anderson sees homeless people as individuals, not problems Because of the efforts of the former police officer, many people he came to know on the streets now have stable housing –  in a place and in a program he helped create. By Marilyn Jones, Correspondent April 17, 2015 After retiring recently from a 32-year career on the San Mateo, Calif., police force, Robert Anderson could be taking life easy, enjoying soft breezes on a tropical beach. But after decades working to find homes for chronically homeless people, he couldn’t just walk into the sunset. Because of his efforts, many…

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Friday, 13 February 2015 10:58

Family Volunteer Travel

Writing for Chase magazine, freelancer Michelle Seitzer looked at the myriad opportunities and ways to turn a regular vacation into a meaningful vacation through volunteer travel. Globe Aware founder Kimberly Haley-Coleman offered some great insight on what to look for and how to pick volunteer vacations that provide the best return for destination communities and countries. Family Travel That Gives Back: A Meaningful Vacation Going Away for a Good CauseBy Michelle Seitzer Americans sometimes choose work over play -- a 2014 study found that more than 150 million vacation days go unused every year -- but a new kind of family adventure may be just the thing to give today's modern family a high-quality break. A volunteer vacation, or service trip, offers an opportunity to…

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Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

Volunteer Abroad

Writing for The Huffington Post's Blog, University of Southern California student Rachel Scott examines the benefits of traveling abroad, immersing herself in foreign communities and cultures and discovers the secret to the most fulfilling travel adventure is to volunteer abroad. Don't Just Go Abroad -- Volunteer Abroad Ask anyone about their study abroad experience, and they will tell you it was nothing short of amazing. But there is a secret to making it even better -- volunteering. I took my first trip abroad to Thailand this past December and found myself bringing in the New Year in a new country with new friends and an interesting new perspective on life. I spent nearly three weeks stepping out of my comfort zone, exploring the land, riding…

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Friday, 06 February 2015 00:00

Corporate volunteering benefits

Mark Horoszowski, writing for Devex Impact, a global initiative by Devex and USAID in partnership with top international organizations and private industry leaders, examines how an international corporate volunteering program can help a business grow into new, growing markets and assist in staff recruitment and retention. Why your company needs an international corporate volunteering program By Mark Horoszowski 06 February 2015 The current state of the global economy shows that businesses have immense opportunity — not only by expanding into booming markets, but also by helping develop the economic potential of underdeveloped markets. It was evident at the 2015 World Economic Forum, where “the stars of the show were from the private sector … people and business are stepping in where government is failing,” according…

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Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00

Battling Thailand's illegal dog meat trade

Every year tens of thousands of dogs are inhumanely transported from Thailand to neighboring countries where they are butchered for their meat. The Soi Dog Foundation and the Thai government are actively working to end this brutal and cruel practice. This story by by correspondent Tibor Krausz in The Christian Science Monitor relates the work of a retired British couple to put an end to the practice. The author also acknowledges the work done by Globe Aware volunteers to help Thai elephants. John and Gill Dalley battle Thailand's illegal dog meat trade The British couple moved to Thailand to retire. But when they learned of the illegal capture and torture of dogs, their plans changed. Buriram Province, Thailand — You hear them before you see…

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Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00

Voluntourism and solo travel

GoGirlfriend.com is a niche blog that focuses exclusively on travel for women, products and tips. Highbrow or budget, hot spots or off the beaten path, eco-friendly, sustainable and smart travel choices. GoGirlfriend.com profiled Amy Angelilli, a socially responsible lifetime adventurer who’s visited at least 24 countries – and she continues adding a new one to that list every year. Amy shared her solo travel experiences and the big-draw of volunteer travel. Enjoy! Travel... It's Good for You! Still scouring the Internet for an ideal adventure that’s right for you this year? Don’t be overwhelmed reading about other people’s adventures. What’s right for someone else isn’t necessarily right for you. What matters is that you have an authentic experience, get just a little bit out of your…

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Saturday, 03 January 2015 00:00

Volunteer Vacations' Growing Popularity

‘Volunteer vacations’ a popular trend for manyBy Jackie Runion Marietta Times Anyone vowing to travel or to make a difference in the new year can do both at the same time in the form of a "volunteer vacation." A number of companies, organizations and programs exist to offer people of all ages a chance to volunteer and help others while on vacation, whether it be either a car ride or a long plane trip away. A popular trend that comes in the form of mission trips, alternative spring breaks and state and nationally-organized charity projects, the concept of volunteer tourism can give people a chance to get out of their backyards and also make an impact in their state, country or in a community overseas.…

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Friday, 26 December 2014 00:00

Voluntourism offers many options

'Voluntourism' options available for all budgets and schedules Many people know all about "voluntourism," the option of volunteering while traveling. But not all of us can - or have the time to - spend vacation doing more work, even if it's in a beautiful locale. However, there's a growing trend that lets people still kick back during most of their time off but still kick in to help the local community. Kim-Marie Evans enjoys seeing the world first-hand and sharing it with her children. She finds ways for her family to have a good time but also do good. "Exposing them not just to the hotel pool and the kids club, but exposing them to the local culture, to the children and getting them a chance…

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014 16:05

New Year's travel resolutions

Making service vacations part of New Year's travel resolutions By Georgina Cruz, Special Correspondent Orlando Sentinel This is the time of the year to start making some resolutions for 2015, like perhaps losing weight or quitting smoking. For those who would also like to make some New Year travel resolutions, here is an idea: a volunteer vacation. Participants in this type of trip, sometimes called “voluntourism,” have opportunities to mix with the locals in many countries, living and working in communities on a variety of projects and activities –from teaching English to caring for youngsters in orphanages and from taking part in community improvement projects to assisting in conservation efforts. The experience gives the opportunity, as one organization put it, “to see the world through…

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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 14:14

Q & A: The Festive Traveller

Kimberly Haley-Coleman, founder and Executive Director of Globe Aware, recently sat down with Jessica Wynne Lockhart, contributing editor at Travel with Purpose's Verge Magazine to discuss how to make the most of a volunteer vacation. The Q & A is below. How to be an effective global citizen during the holiday season. As the holidays approach and the fiscal year draws to an end, it’s a natural time to think about how we can support our global community. But with thousands of charities to choose from, how do you select a reputable organization to donate your time or money to? It’s not an easy question, which is why we called in the experts: Nick Beardsley is the Project Advisor for Gapforce, a provider of structured…

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Monday, 01 December 2014 16:15

Why You Should Travel with Your Kids

Downoad Article Travel abroad with young children? Are you NUTS? All the crying, nagging, and the money!! They won’t even remember it. Why on EARTH would I do that to myself? What will they eat over there? Fried monkey eyeballs? No thanks! I get these responses all the time. I have been traveling with my children since they were infants all over the world. -- all over Southeast Asia, Latin America, Europe, Russia, China, Africa. Here are my two cents. First: young children are often more portable than older children. They still think you know something and they actually want to be with you. Second, until age 2, they can ride in your lap for usually 10% of the cost of a normal ticket. Third:…

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Friday, 07 November 2014 00:00

Alumna Returns Service to Community

Hockaday travel program connects with alumna Kimberly Haley-Coleman’s organization Globe Aware By Megan PhilipsFeatures EditorTHE HOCKADAY SCHOOL Downoad Article When alumna Kimberly Haley-Coleman ‘88 was a Hockaday student, she was involved in many local community service projects from candy stripping at hospitals to working in women’s shelters. Today, she is giving Hockaday the opportunity she never had: to do community service abroad. Haley-Coleman found interest in other cultures and languages from a young age, and her five years at Hockaday “helped wet [her] appetite for learning about and understanding other cultures,” Haley-Coleman said. After graduating, Haley-Coleman continued her education in international cultures and held many jobs that required her international relations skills. She received her masters in French and Art History and got her MBA…

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Monday, 22 September 2014 12:58

Voluntourism will boost your career

Just how important are the hobbies and extracurricular activities job applicants list on their job application resumes? Very important according to Rebecca Delaney writing for Consulting-Specifying Engineer. Employers are looking for worldly employees with experience working with people and communities around the world. Rebecca suggests that voluntourism can help bolster an applicants life experience and job prospects: Voluntourism will boost your career Four reasons becoming a global citizen will help you at work.Rebecca Delaney, PE, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago09/22/2014 We have heard for years employers are looking for "well-rounded" candidates. In the past it has meant a list of your hobbies/extracurricular activities on your resume, which many employers promptly gloss over. Today, it's clear the world is getting smaller as technology advances, and we…

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Tuesday, 02 September 2014 15:44

Voluntourism: Travel and give back!

Costa Rica Orosi Valley VOLUNTOURISM A new way to travel and give back! Costa Rica Orosi Valley About an hour from the city of San Jose, in a gorgeous, hidden valley (Orosi) rests the tiny community of El Yaz known for Its clean water, rich soil eternal, spring-like temperatures (about 75 degrees every day) and organic, agricultural way of life. Although the villagers love their natural paradise they have struggled to make ends meet as even low paying jobs are rare. Most Villagers are not in abject poverty, but have no access to hot water, cars, or the quantity or protein sources to which a North American may be accustomed. Volunteer vacationers in this paradise location stay in one of two side by side mountain…

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Monday, 30 June 2014 11:48

Travel brings father, son closer

Writer George Rush has appeared in Conde NastTraveler, Travel + Leisure, Departures, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Esquire and other magazines. To better connect with his young son, Eamon, George embarked on a number of trips throughout the world, seeking adventure and new experiences: How Traveling the World with My Son Brought Us Closer George Rush June 13, 2014 (All photos courtesy of George Rush) My dad took our family on typical vacations when I was growing up – Gettysburg, Williamsburg, the Wisconsin Dells. We stopped for clamwiches at Howard Johnson’s. It wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I left the United States. When I finally procured a passport, I lit out with friends on a three-month trip around the world. We were in…
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 15:53

Volunteer Abroad at 40

Yelena Parker, expatriate, executive coach and writer with The Huffington Post recently shared her views on volunteering abroad after reaching 40. In a nutshell, Yelena says "Dot it!" Read her insight and averviews for yourself: 4 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer Abroad at 40 Life begins at 40. Forties are the new twenties. We have heard, spoken and overused these sentiments, more so during the year we turned 40. Big dates make us pause, review where our lives have taken us, reevaluate our priorities and set new goals. Some people choose to go through a radical change: have an affair, get a divorce, get married (again or finally), have a child. Many are interested in restyling their careers: it is time for me to do…

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014 12:48

Things That Have Made Travel Better

Chis Clayton has compiled an interesting list of 85 Things That Have Made Travel Better. Featured in Delta Sky Magazine's June 2014 Innovation Issue, #24 is VOLUNTOURISM: "Global Travelers are increasingly choosing to mix travel and philanthropy, from building soccer fields to helping orphaned lion cubs. Some well-regarded programs include Roadmonkey, Globe Aware, and Habitat for Humanity ..."

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By Sucheta Rawal Travel Writer Posted: 06/09/2014 4:27 pm EDT Updated: 06/09/2014 4:59 pm EDT Huffington Post, Travel Section Volunteer vacationing, or voluntourism, is a relatively new phenomenon that includes a service component built into a short-term vacation. Don't confuse it with a mission trip, which is a trip designed specifically to work on a charity project or spread the philosophy of a religious group, or with the Peace Corps, which offers an opportunity to live and volunteer abroad for extended periods of time. The idea behind a volunteer vacation is to give back to the community you are visiting while having fun and learning about the local culture. This type of a meaningful summer getaway can be especially useful for teenagers. Imagine a real-life…
Great profile of Globe Aware in the May 2014 edition of 'Sky', Delta Air Lines' onboard magazine: BREAK AWAY Globe Aware: A voluntourism outfit for time-crunched travelers BY LISA ROUNDS While traveling for business in the late 1990s, Kimberly Haley-Coleman o en found herself in foreign countries with free time on her hands and a desire to see beyond the traditional tourist attractions. On one trip to Brazil, she remembers looking for short volunteer opportunities but could only and multiweek options.“I found that so many people wanted the same thing I did, but once you’ve got kids, a mortgage and a busy lifestyle, you can’t go and take three weeks off,” says the former global strategist and business development officer whose portfolio includes CNBC.com. “Everyone…

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Thursday, 24 April 2014 14:56

School Built For Guatemalan Community

Dallas-based nonprofit gives disadvantaged children opportunity for higher education Dallas, TX April 23, 2014 -  Globe Aware, an internationally recognized leading international volunteer vacation organization, has built with its volunteers and local community members a school for disadvantaged youths in El Remate, Guatemala, its newest program site to date. Globe Aware is a Dallas-based nonprofit organization that mobilizes teams of volunteers to carry out international service projects in 17 countries. The organization led over 90 North American volunteers in a week-long effort alongside locals from the community to build a kitchen and lunchroom area, concrete sports field, computer lab, a groundskeeper house, as well as improve bathroom facilities. Recognizing that many buildings are erected without funds for staff, money was also raised to cover salaries…
Monday, 07 April 2014 15:10

Volunteers share hearts, experience

A former school principal and business executive look abroad for adventure and volunteer opportunities. They find their calling overseas working with communities in Africa and Eastern Europe: LI volunteers share their hearts, experience abroad Published: April 4, 2014 8:56 AM By CARA S. TRAGER  Special to Newsday For Helen Boxwill, it was as simple as this: Retire? YES. Rest and relax? NO! So, in 2003, after a 23-year career in education, including three years as principal of Southdown Primary School in Huntington, Boxwill answered an ad for volunteer teachers in Africa. Nine months later, Boxwill landed in a remote Ethiopian village called Hosanna. It has since become her home away from home, she said.Boxwill, 68, a divorced Huntington Station resident with three grown children, returns…

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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:50

Holidays That Help

AW Media Inc. of Austin, Texas publishes austinwoman Magazine, Austin Man Magazine, Pink Pages, Guide to Good Health and produces an annual AW Aniversary Event as well as numerous other events throughout the year. In the April 2014 edition of austinwoman Magazine, the focus was on volunteer travel and vacations and on Dallas' own Globe Aware. Holidays That Help Want to take a holiday that benefits the world? Here’s how to do it right. By Carla Avolio It was during a trip to Croatia’s gorgeous, glittering coast that Misha Donohoe realized she wasn’t enjoying her holiday.“I just had this uneasy feeling that I wasn’t contributing,” says the science communicator and travel lover. “The culture there is so rich and yet, by doing the typical touristy thing,…

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Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:46

You’re Retired? How to Volunteer Overseas

August 16, 2013 - 2:30 AMBy Susan Ladika Remember when you were young and idealistic, and wanted to make a difference in the world? Now that you’re retired, you have your chance. Baby boomers and members of the Silent Generation are flocking overseas to take part in volunteer vacations. You’ll be in good company if you head abroad to volunteer. Those age 65 and older are the fastest-growing group of international volunteers, soaring nearly 75 percent, from about 73,000 in 2008 to 127,000 in 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. For those between the ages of 55 and 64, the number of people volunteering internationally jumped from about 102,000 in 2004 to 161,000 in 2012. Where to look So how do…

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Thursday, 27 February 2014 16:57

Hard at work in Cambodia

by Hilary Whitesides When over 60 Vivint volunteers traveled to Cambodia recently, they didn’t know exactly what to expect, but they knew they wanted to work hard. “I was super pleased to see our teams put to work—seriously hard work,” said volunteer Neal Rogers. Vivint volunteers partnered with Globe Aware, a non-profit organization that organizes short-term international service projects that encourage cultural awareness as well as giving back. Volunteers were able to enjoy the environment, associate with people native to the area, and provide incredibly important services to people in need. On day one of the service trip, volunteers delivered water filters to families in a floating city that were in serious need of water filtration. But that was just the beginning. The volunteers then…

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Monday, 17 February 2014 12:13

Spring break trips with a difference

Georgina Cruz, special correspondent with the Orlando Sentinel, looked at volunteer vacations and the upside of a "voluntourism" vacation in a February 13, 2014 article: Spring into service with a "voluntourism" vacation. You can mix with the locals, living and working in communities on a variety of projects and activities, from teaching English to caring for youngsters in orphanages, taking part in community improvement projects or conservation efforts. Trips are generally short-term: one-, two- and three-weeks in length, though some companies can arrange for longer service periods. Typically, no prior experience is necessary to participate. Cruz spotlighted Globe Aware's program to the Inca city of Cuzco in Peru: Globe Aware Adventures In Service: This non-profit has been developing short-term volunteer programs internationally for 15 years.…

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Thursday, 24 October 2013 17:59

Family Volunteer Vacation in Cambodia

A Dallas family’s week-long volunteer vacation in Cambodia harvested a new global perspective for their four children, ages 10-17. Feeling that their kids were at an age where they were ready for a different type of travel experience, parents Stan and Lezlie decided a family service trip with Globe Aware was the perfect fit for them. Their goals were two-fold: to have their children understand that satisfaction and happiness are not tied to material wealth, and to have them understand that humans are the same around the world and that we all have more in common than differences. Prior to departing, Lezlie and Stan discussed expectations with their children to help prepare them for the poverty and difficult scenes they might encounter during their trip.…

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Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Traveling With Purpose

Summer 2013 Reserve Magazine by Clare Curley “Traveling with Purpose: Volunteer Vacations” Three years ago Kimberly Haley-Coleman and her two young daughters, then 4 and 6, took an unlikely trip. They traveled from Dallas, Texas, to southeast Ghana and immersed themselves in the local culture while building educational facilities for the children there. Haley-Coleman — Executive Director of Globe Aware, a nonprofit organization that plans volunteer vacations in Asia, Latin America, Ghana and Romania — says trips like this have instilled in her daughters a unique cultural awareness. “They don’t take for granted that their way of doing things is necessarily the right way,” she adds. The volunteer travel market, also known as “voluntourism,” offers an increasing diversity of niches for such philanthropic-minded travelers. “Volunteer…

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Monday, 06 May 2013 19:00

Volunteer trips that actually help

Great CNN.com story from 2010 on volunteer vacations and finding the one that fits right and provides the greatest benefits to the destination community: The idea of volunteering away from home seems like a win-win to many travelers: a way to experience and help another community at the same time. But without a solid, well-designed program and reasonable expectations, volunteer travel can do more harm than good. Showing up in parts unknown, hoping to make a big difference in a small amount of time, is likely to leave travelers and hosts disappointed. "You're not going to change the world in a week or two. You're not going to eradicate poverty in a village. You're not going to teach a kid how to read," said Doug…

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013 18:00

Christmas in Cambodia

Texas family spend Christmas in Cambodia on volunteer vacation with Globe Aware St. Michael's Catholic Academy Freshman Quentin Bentzin and his family traveled to Siem Reap, Cambodia, over Christmas on a family service trip. The group of 14 did a variety of service work, including assembling wheelchairs donated by www.freewheelchairmission. org and then delivering them to disabled Cambodians. Pictured at right is Quentin mixing concrete for the floor of a village water pump. Quentin is also pictured with a young Cambodian girl whose bedroom the group had painted and furnished. Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia and is also home to the famous Angkor Wat temple. "This trip was an incredible opportunity for my family to learn about…

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Monday, 31 December 2012 18:00

Voluntourism films inspire others

California couple hopes their voluntourism films inspire others A LITTLE MORE than three years ago, Steve and Joanie Wynn were looking to get out of a rut. Their video production company, Bayside Entertainment, was in a slump along with the rest of the economy. So when Joanie Wynn stumbled upon Roadmonkey Adventure Philanthropy, a fledgling business started by a former New York Times war correspondent, she thought, here's a chance to do something different — document six women volunteering at a school for AIDS orphans in Tanzania while also enjoying a trip abroad and scaling Mount Kilimanjaro. The experience was "life-changing." The Muir Beach couple returned with a lot more than a sense of adventure and some great footage; they discovered a new purpose and…

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Thursday, 29 November 2012 18:00

The Best Places for Everything

Travel writer Peter S. Greenberg offers some warm praise for Globe Aware in his latest book, The Best Places for Everything: The Ultimate Insider's Guide to the Greatest Experiences Around the World.On the Chapter titled "Voluntourism", Greenberg lists some of the great organizations that offer amazing volunteer vacation experiences. “Globe Aware offers 1-week volunteer vacations that combine hands-on experiences with cultural activities. To get the most for your travel dollar, look for destinations like Mexico, Laos and Cambodia where you can get accommodations, meals, excursions and volunteer activities for about $1200 a week. Projects vary, but in Cambodia you might teach English at a Buddhist school or get involved with a children’s center in Luang Prabang. www.globeaware.org”Greenberg, CBS News Travel Editor reporting regularly on The…

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 18:00

Everyday Ways to Give Back

Everyday Ways to Give Back Give Back While You're on Vacation Your heart is full of wanderlust, but your bank account is empty.Travel the globe (Europe? Indonesia? Yes!) for the cost of airfare through World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. You'll get your hands dirty picking crops or tending livestock, but you can arrange day trips, too. Lodgings aren't luxurious, but, then again, they're totally free.You're ready to try your first solo vacay.Sixty-five percent of Globe Aware volunteers are single travelers, so you won't feel awkward showing up alone to construct schools in Ghana or distribute wheelchairs in Cambodia. Each weeklong trip ($1,190 and up) offers three to five cultural excursions, too.You don't consider it a vacation unless there's a spa nearby.Why forgo luxury? At…

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Wednesday, 06 March 2013 23:15

Reflections from Journeys of the Heart

"Journeys of the Heart" is an inspirational television series that documents the challenges, successes and failures of adventuresome volunteers, who travel to Cusco, Peru to care for deaf orphans. - Concrete Pictures Click on each name to read reflections from our volunteers during this documentary. Jimbo Cutler Bob Link Jo Link Robyn Liston Sarah Oakes Ana Quintanilla Sofia Ratcovich Cliff Schumacher Elaine Sombrutski James Walker Patsy Walker .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }
Dallas, TX (May 8, 2012) Volunteers Beth Karbe, Krystal Nix, Carol Barron, and Judy Keathley traveled with Globe Aware, a nonprofit organization that coordinates 17 unique volunteer programs in 15 countries worldwide, to San Pedro de Casta, Peru. While there, the group of volunteers began work on a badly needed irrigation system for community use. They now plan to return in order to offer the village a professionally executed solution to their water crisis. Water is hard to come by in this secluded village high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. While it is only 50 miles from the Peruvian capitol of Lima, the journey usually takes over 5 hours due to the rocky terrain and single lane road. Globe Aware specializes in short term…

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Saturday, 01 September 2012 19:00

A life-changing experience

Seventeen-year-old Madison Leatherwood took a two-week working vacation in the rainforest of Costa Rica with Globe Aware. She relates her remarkable adventure with the  Morris Daily Herald of Morris, Illinois: MINOOKA — When some people go on vacation, they think of relaxation — but not 17-year-old Madison Leatherwood of Channahon, a senior at Minooka Community High School. This summer, Leatherwood took a two-week working vacation in the rainforest of Costa Rica. She could have opted for working with turtles on the beach in Guatemala or a surfing vacation. Instead she chose a remote village, high up in the mountains, with only 60 residents scattered around a tiny “town” called El Sur. The residents of El Sur originally lived deeper in the rainforest, but were forced…
Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:29

Commentary: Global Volunteerism

Saturday, 21 April 2012 23:59

Volunteer Vacations Can Change Your Life

Volunteer Vacations Can Change Your Life . . . and Maybe a Little Part of the World as Well By Dianne Brause When we think of an ideal vacation trip many of us imagine white, sandy beaches with exotic drinks and delicious meals and fine entertainment. The place should be filled with beautiful and smiling women (or deeply tanned beach boys) in skimpy bathing suits. And of course it should be an amazing bargain so that we can tell our friends about how much we got for "next to nothing!" I have been both participant and guide on several trips of this type over the years. I have also participated in and led a number of very different kinds of trips in which the goal…
Saturday, 21 April 2012 23:58

Coming Home After Volunteering Overseas

Coming Home After Volunteering Overseas Surviving the Transition and Staying Involved By Joseph Collins, Stefano DeZerega, and Zahara Heckscher The fast pace of life back home can be overwhelming, and staying involved globally can be difficult once you are back to the financial realities of life in the USA. From interviews with hundreds of international volunteers, as well as our own sometimes rocky re-entry experiences, we have pulled together some tips for staying sane and staying involved when you come home. 1. Realize the Transition May Be Hard. Allow yourself time to process your overseas experiences and re-adjust to life at home. The longer you were overseas and the more culturally immersed you were, the harder the re-entry process will be. Keeping a journal and…

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Saturday, 21 April 2012 22:32

Extended Volunteer

Even in Tough Economic Times One Man's Vision Has Inspired Many The community of Gbled-Gbogame in Ghana will benefit from a new school building, access to clean water, and sanitary bathrooms thanks to the herculean fundraising efforts of Mike Devlin, of Hingham, MA. What started as desire to simply go and volunteer in Ghana with Globe Aware to mark his 40th birthday has evolved into an impressive campaign to drastically improve the lives of children in Ghana. Currently, the children in the Ghanaian community of Gbled-Gbogame have no running water and the children hold class in a shed held together with iron sheets. The primary school students are compelled to study under trees. Given such conditions it is virtually impossible to recruit teachers to come…

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The Andean Village Volunteer Vacation Experience In the mountains north of Lima, travel to the village of San Pedro de Casta, where the campesinos work the terraced land. The Road Less Traveled high in the Andes If you are looking for a truly "off the beaten path" experience in a community with real need, then you've found it! Your volunteer program will take place in beautiful San Pedro de Casta, a secluded and traditional village located high in the Andes, about 4 hours outside of Lima. The people of San Pedro make their communal living by farming the terraced land of the surrounding mountains, as their ancestors did for thousands of years before them.
Working Vacation: Volunteer Work Projects in San Pedro de Casta…

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Thursday, 07 April 2011 13:39

Volunteer vacation in Cuzco, Peru

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Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:51

Spring Break a Chance to Give Back

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