A New NGO is Born in Arequipa, Peru!

Volunteer with Children at HOOP NGOThanks to dedicated volunteer Priya for providing us with this update on the Traveller Not Tourist organization in Arequipa, Peru! Here’s Priya:

I first became aware of Giving Vicariously earlier in 2012 when I was working for Traveller Not Tourist as Volunteer Coordinator. Dan kindly offered to do a piece about the projects and communities we were working with at the time and those of you who read that piece may well remember Flora Tristan English School (read original Traveller Not Tourist article) Continue reading

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Vicarious Volunteering: Tender Heart NGO, Faridabad, India

For the latest issue of Vicarious Volunteering, I’m thrilled to feature this documentary and interview from Tender Heart Educational Society in Faridabad, India.

Continue for an interview with Renu Bali, founder of Tender Heart Educational Society. Continue reading

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Vicarious Volunteering: Semilla Nueva, Guatemala

Agricultural Techniques Include Agrotechnology and Conservation TillingLiving in a country like the United States, where agriculture enjoys the luxury of state-of-the-art technology and genetically enhanced seeds, it can be easy to forget where our produce comes from.

However, the story is far different in much of the developing world, where scientific knowledge of agriculture is limited. Continue reading

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A Much Appreciated Boost from the Thinking Nomads

Felicity and Marco, the Thinking Nomads have visited over 60 countries since 2005. Their blog is packed full of travel advice, experiences, and inspiration. At the same time they explore alternative ways to live and work, moving toward that coveted achievement of sustainable travel.

I was fortunate to come into contact with them after reading about their epic, 6490m engagement at the top of Mount Illimani, Bolivia. Continue reading

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Preparing the Mobile Office for Sustainable Travel

Red Wine and steak in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Couldn't resist...

So it’s been awhile…

Sorry guys! I’ve been riding a wave of motivation working on my real business. And that can be hard to come by sometimes. But it’s good – setting my focus where the motivation lies at any given time seems to be doing wonders for my productivity. Hm, that might be a concept too obvious for Leo Babauta to even mention over at Zen Habits, but it’s been a nice revelation. Continue reading

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Vicarious Volunteering: Helping Honduras Kids, La Ceiba, Honduras

The Jungle School at Helping Honduras KidsHelping Honduras Kids is located in and around La Ceiba on the northern coast. Consisting of the Hogar de Amor children’s orphanage, the Jungle School, and the Grandma’s Kids program, HHK provides desperately needed care to several hundred poor and orphaned children. In addition, community aid is provided regularly to two campesino (peasant farming) villages. Continue reading

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Vicarious Volunteering: BiblioWorks, Sucre, Bolivia

BiblioWorks libraries promote literacy and education near Sucre, BoliviaNext up for all of you vicarious volunteers, BiblioWorks has opened eight libraries in the rural countryside near Sucre, Bolivia. In addition to promoting literacy and education, the libraries have become much-needed community centers. We first visited Sucre to trek for a cause with Condor Trekkers. Now, we return to shine a well-deserved spotlight on BiblioWorks. Continue reading

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What’s New at Giving Vicariously?

A quick update on what’s in the works…

We’re getting there! In the next month or so I look forward to easing into a groove of steady posts and regular columns. This will include my own travel journal and reflections, the Vicarious Volunteering series spotlighting causes around the world, and quick tidbits like a weekly photo.

In the initial start-up phase the challenge has been Continue reading

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Vicarious Volunteering: Traveler Not Tourist, Arequipa, Peru

Volunteer at Traveller Not Tourist in Arequipa, PeruA popular stop on the “Gringo trail” running from Lima to Cusco, Arequipa enjoys a thriving tourist economy. Streets surrounding the main plaza are lined by offices offering Colca Canyon treks and guided climbs of El Misti, the snow-capped volcano that towers over the city. But few tourists experience life outside the central bubble. For the next article in our Vicarious Volunteering series profiling worthy causes around the world, we head to the outskirts of Arequipa to visit Traveler Not Tourist. Continue reading

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Vicarious Volunteering: BECA, Cofradia, Honduras

BECA Volunteer Travel Organization in HondurasIt has been very uplifting in the past few weeks to work on a regular column aiming to publicize and partner with worthy causes around the world. For the third article in the series, an educational non-profit operating in the communities of Cofradia and Vida Nueva, Honduras puts a unique partnership model into place. Continue reading

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