Photo: Alex Carter The internet is flooded with awe-inspiring pictures of white sand beaches, mountaintop views, and everyday travelers volunteering around the world. After a while you start to think, “How can I get there? How can I make this happen for me?” Why not...
Your whole family will thrive when you embark on a volunteer abroad program together. The family that travels together stays together. Family holidays are a chance to spend meaningful time together and build precious memories. For an experience that your whole family...
It’s the quintessential Thailand experience: riding, washing, or playing with an elephant. Lots of fun for you and your new big friendly giant (BFG) friend – right? Not quite. Unfortunately, volunteer programs that let you get this close to an elephant are putting the...
The health of an ecosystem is maintained by its plants and animals. When species become endangered, it is a sign of an ecosystem’s imbalance. This balance is difficult to maintain: the loss of one species often triggers the loss of others. When gray wolves were hunted...
One of the best things about this project is meeting other volunteers from all over the world. Within the last two weeks alone I’ve come to know so many extraordinary people. At least once a day we are all sat at Base, socializing in our down time or listening to the...
Day 4 - Thursday 16.11.17 05:30am. The daily rooster riot is in full swing. Everyday all roosters of the village seem to have an X-Factor contest from 04:15 onwards. 06:00am. I have found a fine spot to do my dawn tai chi exercises. The exercise doesn't go too well....
Day 3 - Wednesday 15.11.17 05:30am. I had a very good night. It remains astonishing how few bugs and insects are in our huts. I haven't had spiders, and can't notice the mosquitoes if they are there. Moths, yes. I have learned from yesterday. I take a 'light'...
Day 2 - Tuesday 14.11.17 04:30am. As dawn sets in the sounds gain strength. The pigs, the roosters almost 'roar' to intimidate each and every other. The chickens chat and chat and chat. I roll over and try to rest some more. Today, second hike. The big male. Bullowan....
Day 1 - Monday 13.11.17 6:00am. Alarm clock. This will be my first hike. So I put an early alarm clock. Early! The only “buzzer” around here are the circa 100 roosters around here. But I put an early alarm. Want to be top-ready for the first hike. I take time to check...
As you know, October is filled with spooky ghost stories and witches flying about all around the world. This year, Huay Pakoot was not excluded from these trembling terrors. Our volunteers and interns made their way through a misty and haunting maze, running for their...
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