Sunday, 28 February 2010 18:31

More Americans Take Volunteer Vacations

By GIGI STONE

When you think of teenagers on spring break, visions of Daytona Beach or Cancun may come to mind — 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 … 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."

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  • Source ABC World News Tonight
Sunday, 28 February 2010 18:29

She Turns Vacations Into Voluntours

Sunday, 28 February 2010 18:27

Voluntourism: Good Times and Good Works

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.

“It was life changing,” says Bentley. “It’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.

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  • Source The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, 28 February 2010 18:11

Vacationing like Brangelina

Volunteers with the group Globe Aware are digging a trench to lay a water pipe in Costa Rica.Sarah McCall / Globe Aware

As the industry grapples with how to make money without compromising the results of the volunteer work, one thing is clear: more and more private citizens are ready to roll up their sleeves and lend a hand. "I was just so sick of just donating a gift at the end of the year," says Yates of his decision to spend a week volunteering in Costa Rica. "I worked my butt off."Getting in touch with your inner Angelina Jolie is easier than it used to be. The so-called voluntourism industry, which sends travelers around the globe for a mix of volunteer work and sightseeing, is generating almost as much praise and criticism as the goodwill ambassador herself. Are volunteer vacations--which have become so mainstream that CheapTickets recently started letting online customers book volunteer activities along with their vacations--merely overpriced guilt trips with an impact as fleeting as the feel-good factor? Or do they offer individuals a real chance to change the world, one summer jaunt at a time?

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  • Source Time Magazine
Sunday, 28 February 2010 18:09

Helpful Holidays

Sunday, 28 February 2010 18:06

CBS Radio Interview

Sunday, 28 February 2010 18:01

Ramping Up

Sunday, 28 February 2010 17:55

Honeymoons with Heart

Sunday, 28 February 2010 17:53

40 Trips To Change Your World

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.vol car carousel

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."

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  • Source USAToday
Sunday, 28 February 2010 17:37

Voluntourism | Conde Nast Traveller

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  • Source Peter Greenberg
Sunday, 28 February 2010 17:30

SPECIAL ISSUE: TOURS OF A LIFETIME

Sunday, 28 February 2010 17:19

Voluntouring and Do Good Vacations

Sunday, 28 February 2010 17:12

Saving the World One Room at a Time

Sunday, 28 February 2010 17:10

Voluntourism - Volunteering on your vacation

Some vacations allow travelers to give back while they're away. CNN's Heidi Collins explains.

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  • Source CNN
Sunday, 28 February 2010 17:09

Vacations that make a difference

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  • Source FM 98.5
Sunday, 28 February 2010 17:02

"Here Comes The Sun"

Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:46

Helping Needing Children

Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:43

The Giveback Solution

Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:40

Work and Play

Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:39

Teachers prepare for trip to Ghana

Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:37

Volunteer Vacation Primer

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.

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  • Source National Geographic
Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:29

Commentary: Global Volunteerism

Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:27

A trip that can make a difference

Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:25

A unique volunteer opportunity

Radio interview on July 10, 2009
Breakfast with Champions
PRX Public Radio Exchange, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Listen below:

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  • Source Self
Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:20

Ghana with Grace

Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:18

Travel Good: Voluntourism Trips

Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:08

Espanol en la Naturaleza

Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:04

What a Trip!

Sunday, 28 February 2010 16:02

Massachusetts' Man on a Mission

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  • Source Self
Sunday, 28 February 2010 15:42

The Trip that Changed My Life

"In Cambodia I discovered I don't have to change who I am to help others." - Brianna Castillo
"My Ghana honeymoon taught me to slow down." - Michaela Mancusi

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  • Source Glamour Magazine

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." [...]

Read the entire article at CNNGo.

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