- Source Self
By GIGI STONE
When you think of teenagers on spring break, visions of Daytona Beach or Cancun may come to mind â€” not necessarily a trip to Cambodia.
But that's where Kate McNamara, a 16-year-old New Yorker, went on vacation with her family, volunteering to teach children English and build wheelchairs for land mine victims.
"It wasn't that long and it was a small group of people â€¦ but it made just such a huge difference, " she says. "It was one of the most rewarding things that I think that I've ever done."
Her mother, Elizabeth McNamara adds, "In a world that needs so much, just to a little bit to make a difference in someone's life is a very positive experience."
- Source ABC World News Tonight
Voluntourism: Good Times and Good Works
by Steve Kallaugher
Most people come home from vacation with a nice tan and a suitcase full of souvenirs. Carolyn Bentley returned from a trip she took with her 17-year-old daughter, Julia, with a new outlook on life and a renewed bond with her child.
â€œIt was life changing,â€ says Bentley. â€œItâ€™s an amazing way to grow yourself and develop bonds with others. You become part of the country, instead of just looking at it out a window.
- Source The Wall Street Journal
KRASANG ROLEUNG, Cambodia - Andrew Krupp doesn't speak a word of Cambodian. And, for the most part, the dozens of happy-faced children racing across the dusty schoolyard to greet him don't speak a word of English.
But that doesn't stop Krupp from winning them over immediately.
It doesn't take much, after all, to get across the basics of the hokeypokey, which it turns out is just as big a crowd-pleaser in the poorest thatched-roof villages of Cambodia as it is in the manicured suburb near Chicago where Krupp lives.
"I'm like a novelty act riding into town," says the 39-year-old manufacturing executive, laughing as his frenzied "right foot in" sends the children into hysterics. "Everybody loves a lunatic."
- Source USAToday
- Source Peter Greenberg
By: Manya Chylinski
No longer on the fringes of travel, voluntourism has attracted increasing numbers of travelers looking to learn new skills, meet people, and give back to the global community. In a recent Travelocity poll, 38 percent of repondents said they planned to volunteer while on vacation; thats up from just 6 percent in 2006. "People tell me that a vacation with us is the most meaningful experience of their lives," says David Minich of Habitat for Humanity. Here's how to plan one.
- Source National Geographic
Radio interview on July 10, 2009
Breakfast with Champions
PRX Public Radio Exchange, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Source Self
Elizabeth Kiester's lifestyle and clothing store, Wanderlust, offers those in Cambodia's Siem Reap the chance to keep up with high fashion. She describes her shop as being about "a lifestyle of nomadic experiences, culled from memories, thoughts, dreams, and passport stamps."
Kiester is a former high-powered chief creative director for LeSportsac and former fashion director for magazines, YM and Jane. She relocated from New York and started Wanderlust in Siem Reap after touring Southeast Asia on a volunteer vacation in 2008 with Globe Aware.
Her products are mostly bright, colorful, print dresses and accessories perfect for warm climates, sitting on the beach, and parties day or night. Kiester's favorite? "I am currently wearing my Bali Djellaba, a modern take on a caftan. I love this dress and wear it constantly. It's loose, easy, chic and sophisticated and looks good for a zillion occasions -- over a bathing suit at the beach, with sandals for daytime, over pants, on its own, dressed up for dinner. It's a seven-day-a-week dress." [...]
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- Source CNN