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Think you can't have a culturally rich volunteer experience in the US? Think again. Global Citizens Network's 2013 schedule includes trips to Washington and Minnesota that match volunteers with local Native American tribes and provide an opportunity to not only give back, but also learn about their unique cultures.
The White Earth Reservation, located in Becker, Clearwater, and Mahnomen counties in north-central Minnesota, welcomes volunteers in partnership with the White Earth Land Recovery Project/Native Harvest. GCN participants will work on various projects, including cultural initiatives with the youth group and refurbishing/painting community buildings, while visiting the Reservation.
We knew that British Airways was giving its planes some Movember love, but it seems the pilots are getting in on the act as well. Take, for example, the gents who flew us last week; two out of three of them were sporting their finest facial hair.
Now, by and large, we like our pilots clean-shaven here at Jaunted. Like a tucked-in shirt, clean-shaven says said pilot didnít go out last night; he slept for a reasonable number of hours in order to get us safely to our destination. Unless itís carefully tended, stubble risks looking like he fell out of bed into the plane, which is definitely not something to ponder during take-off. But hey, since itís for charity, weíll let that fly.
Conan O'Brien is doing good this season by donating his time, and 4 tickets to his show, to a charity auction. The top bidder will receive four VIP tickets to a see a live taping of Conan at Warner Bros. Studios, and a meet and greet with Conan after the show.
But, before you starting bidding, keep in mind the tickets must be redeemed within one year, can not be transferred, and do not include transportation to Los Angeles, where Conan is taped.
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We spotted (and Instagrammed) this Flagship Independence yellow-ribboned jet at JFK recently
With so much awful press for American Airlines lately, we'd like to point out one very positive continuing agenda of AA: their honoring of both enlisted military and veterans. There's several specific ways we can think of where AA deserves a round of applause for this:
· Veterans Day may have been yesterday, but their Yellow Ribbon Fleet flies year-round. At least six of the airline's planes have been painted with a special livery featuring a yellow ribbon of remembrance on the tail and "In support of all who serve" on the fuselage.
· Honor Flights. Ever been in an airport and see the hallway lined with American flags for a procession? That's for one of American's special flights where, for free, they transport veterans to visit the landmarks and monuments to their service in DC. We actually encountered one arriving AA Honor Flight at SFO and it can be quite a moving moment.
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BA's mustachioed A319
If you can't tell by all the weird weather, it's definitely November. And that means Movember! "Movember" (moustache November) has, over the last few years, become more and more popular around the world as a time for guys to grow a moustache to draw attention to prostate cancer and men's health issues. It's essentially the male version of women wearing pink during Breast Cancer Awareness month (which was October), so just as airplanes love to sport pink tails, they too get in the spirit of Movember.
For 2012, four airplanes are sporting moustaches. In order from least to most facial hair:
British Airways' A319 (pictured above)
How much facial hair: A proper moustache in a style the airline calls "the connoisseur."
Why? To up awareness for the airline's November charity initiative to raise more than £80,000 for the Prostate Cancer Charity. It also hits home as BA's former CEO Lord Marshall suffered from the disease.
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Since Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey last week, donations have been pouring in and we've been telling you how to contribute to the relief. Still, there's quite a lot of help needed on the ground and it's not jut locals pitching in; tourists are helping out, too.
After last weekend's NYC Marathon was canceled, runners who had traveled to the city from around the world filled backpacks with supplies and dispatched to Staten Island, the Rockaways, and other hard-hit areas to aid in the cleanup. Other visitors to NYC have followed the runners' lead this week by donating their time and money while in town.
Maybe you're not in New York City and therefore the effects of Hurricane Sandy are way in the back of your mind, behind memory of your flight departure time, hotel room number, car rental agency and so on and so forth. Well, as travelers, we all actually have some of the best brains for thinking about one city while in another. Wherever you are, whatever your connection with the Big Apple, here's several ways to help:
· Buy a pizza for Staten Island **TODAY ONLY** **Anywhere donors**
Do this right now as it's a relief effort being coordinated by a single person for the immediate relief of hunger in the very destroyed area of New Dorp, Staten Island. Call Barrio's Pizza at 1-718-370-0100 and mention code "Yael." For $8 each, you may order pizzas which will then be picked up this evening by volunteer Yael Lewitinn and taken to New Dorp for dinner; it's just like ordering a pizza for yourself, except it'll be delivered elsewhere. According to her initial Socialisting entry, she's already rallied 140 donated pizzas. Now think about how many times cheap pizza has saved your hungry butt on the road. It's the ultimate comfort food.
· Donate money for bonus frequent flyer miles **Anywhere donors**
As we previously reported, four airlines are working to accept your donations and three of them will throw some bonus frequent flyer miles right back atcha as a thank you.
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A facade collapse from high winds in the middle of Sandy
The airports have reopened most traveler's unexpected "Hurrications" have thankfully ended, but that hardly means it's time for "business as usual."
Hurricane Sandy relief is desperately in need in many areas of New York City followin a variety of factors that put entire communities out, from fires that leveled homes to floodwaters that ruined entire neighborhoods, to power outages that leave residents hungry...the metropolis known as the capital of the world is in dire need of your dollars. We write this from one part of the city, poised to go help any way possible the moment the business day closes.
Airlines with a significant NYC presence are naturally doing their part and offering bonus miles for anything you can give. Here's a round-up:
According to the television commercials that weíve seen lately itís already time to start our holiday shopping. However, before anyone wraps presents or even carves a turkey, thereís another holiday on the scheduleóVeteranís Day. Thankfully rental car giant Hertz is planning to continue their Hertz for Heroes program, as the company does their best to lend a hand to the brave men and women who protect our right to complain about airplanes and other travel calamites.
If you need to make a rental car reservation definitely consider Hertz, and set a reminder to do so in the next ten days or so. Hertz is chipping in a $1-per-rental-car reservation on November 11 and November 12, as the rental car company pledges to donate up to $50,000 to the Disabled American Veterans group. Thatís a pretty decent chunk of change if you ask us, and itís coming right from Hertz.
UPDATE 11/01: United has doubled the amount they'll match, from $50,000 to $100,000. Don't forget the bonus miles offer.
Yesterday, United Airlines announced they will be helping out victims of Hurricane Sandy by supporting the American Red Cross, Americares, and Feeding America as they assist those affected by the super storm.
The United Airlines Foundation will match up to $50,000 in donations made by United customers and employees to these organizations.
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What's the oldest flying DC-10 airplane up to these days? The answer: it's the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, completely reconfigured (see below) to be a learning center for opthamologists in the developing world and a temporary medical center for those in need, wherever Orbis flies. Even the guys in the cockpit are volunteer pilots.
What's Daniel Craig (aka the newest James Bond) name as his charity of choice? The answer: you guessed itthe Orbis Flying Eye Hospital.
The two have been working for a couple years now, raising the funds necessary for the DC-10 to get its jetfuel and get across the clouds to places like Ulanbaatar, Mongolia, where Craig came together with the crew to shoot an informative and touching mini-documentary (embedded below).
According to a recent story in news.com.au, it's all painstakingly hand-sorted by a small team of Qantas volunteers at their Sydney headquarters.