TTT: Blog Action Day 2008, Poverty

October 21, 2008 at 6:37 am Leave a comment

Last Wednesday, October 15, was Blog Action Day 2008.  The subject this year is poverty.  Why am I mentioning it now?  Because you probably read a dozen blog posts that day about poverty, and I figured I’d remind you of the issue again a week later.  I actually wrote this post that day and decided to save it for today’s travel tip.

You might be thinking, “What can she possibly tell me about traveling and poverty other than the fact that travel dollars can help struggling economies?  Everyone knows that!”  I have another thought for you: voluntourism.  Voluntourism is when you take your vacation time to volunteer somewhere.  This could be something as simple as volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in your own town or as far reaching as helping researchers monitor elephants in Kenya.

Here are some places to start your research about voluntourism possibilities:

  1. Voluntourism.org – This is a great website to get a feel for what voluntourism really is and has lots of helpful advice and links.
  2. Earthwatch Institute – Earthwatch is the world’s largest environmental non-profit organization.  They have a variety of projects with which you can help.
  3. PEPY (Protect the Earth. Protect Yourself) – PEPY leads cycling trips across Cambodia – one part adventure, one part volunteer opportunities.
  4. Conscious Journeys – This group focuses on projects with Tibetans.

Image from Passport Online’s article on voluntourism.

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