Many well-intentioned travelers opt to volunteer abroad during their adventures. However, it can be downright tricky to find a worthwhile voluntourism trip. Some organizations don’t actually help their communities and plenty of others are mismanaged and don’t provide the best volunteer experience.
Don’t let these warnings deter you from volunteering abroad, though. With some careful research and common sense you can find an opportunity that allows you to lend your skills and talents to a worthy cause.
Before diving in to your research, spend some time thinking about your ideal experience. Do you want the support (and associated price tag) of a full-service organization or voluntour company? Are you comfortable volunteering at a small non-profit independently? Be honest with yourself and then check out these five resources for help planning your trip.
Omprakash.org: Search for volunteer opportunities in more than 30 countries with Omprakash. You can even read reviews from former volunteers, which are invaluable.
Idealist.org: This database is another excellent place to start searching for your next voluntourism opportunity. You can search by job type, keyword, location and more.
Barefoot Atlas: Every volunteer project in the Barefoot Atlas guides has been thoroughly researched and vetted, so you can be confident in the information they’re providing.
Grassroots Volunteering: Use this growing site to find free and low-cost volunteer opportunities abroad. The creator is dedicated to responsible voluntourism, making it a great resource for finding an international volunteer opportunity that will truly allow you to have a positive impact.
Go Overseas: There are tons of volunteering programs to be found in the Go Overseas database. You’ll get loads of variety, plus helpful reviews from past volunteers.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
There are many different ways to consume the news in today’s world. Traditional newspapers have become a thing of the past with more and more people choosing to get news from digital outlets. In the age of technology, the issue that arises is there are so many different websites and news outlets to gather information. It’s difficult at times for consumers to figure out which app or website gives them the information most important or relevant to them.
Among the world’s most coveted food capitals today, Macau (officially a Special Administrative Region of China) tops many a list. The 12-square-mile city is home to 19 Michelin-starred restaurants, nine Bib Gourmand and the world’s first fusion cuisine, and was recognized in 2017 as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy for its singular culinary scene, but its street food culture may be its most popular feature with in-the-know travelers. Here are five top street dishes to prowl for in Macau.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Shrimp is a summer staple. Seafood in general is consumed more during the summer because many travelers make their way to coastal destinations, but shrimp is king. Shrimp is added to many dishes and served in different forms. All summer, people purchase pounds of shrimp and cook them however they desire to go along with their meal. Several different ways to prepare shrimp are highlighted here to expose travelers to the world of shrimp.