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It might not feel like it but tomorrow does mark the first day of spring which has farmers across the country getting ready to welcome farm-stayers.
Farm Stays give travelers the chance to help farmers with their daily chores while learning more about the culture of growing food in a rural setting.
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This year you can tour Nicaragua, help those in need, and learn how to install solar panels. It's a weird combination that completely works if you're up for a little "voluntourism."
Power to the People brings solar electricity to community buildings in developing countries and creates opportunities for local residents through renewable energy. The non-profit agency depends on volunteers to help install the systems. Professional solar companies assist volunteers in every step of the installation process, from attaching the racking system to teaching the community the basics about solar energy.
If you're stuck in the snow, ice, or rain blanketing the east coast this week, you're probably looking for an excuse to escape to warmer climates and we have one: sea turtles.
The nonprofit Hawaii Wildlife Fund has organized an effort to help protect the sea turtles who "bask" every night in the same spot on some of Maui's busy beaches.
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There are some places that we encourage you to visit before they become overrun and overpopulated with tourists, before they change and lose pieces of their authenticity.
Then there's the Marshall Islands, which we're insisting you visit before they cease to exist. You know, those islands where we tested all the nuclear weapons back during the second world war? Well, looks like they're getting the short end of the stick again, and this time it might be fatal.
Last week, this string of islands in the South Pacific, about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii, told the United Nations that unless climate change action was taken immediately, rising sea levels will drown the country by the end of the century. That means the islands have about 87 years to live, and the situation would get pretty bad well before then.
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September is one of the best times of year to visit Mount St. Helens thanks to cooler temperatures and clear visibility. It's also the perfect time to help the staff complete a much needed one-mile trail to the nearby Ape Cave, the famous lava tube just south of the active volcano.
Volunteers from the Washington Trails Association and the Mount St. Helens Institute have finished all but the last few hundred feet, which they hope to finish this month with the help of some intrepid travelers.
When the term North Pole is thrown around, images of polar bears, icebergs, snow, and sometimes even Santa come to mind. Now you may add a lake to all that imagery of northernmost point of planet Earth.
The folks up at North Pole Environmental Observatory are tasked with ensuring that the frozen-tundra ecosystem is monitored appropriately. This scientific body is chock full of environmental experts who closely watch the happenings of the top of Earth and, this season, they've witnessed a lot of action for an area that has few visitors; this action might have a ripple effect on those of us that live a bit closer to the Equator.
On Saturday, June 1, the American Hiking Society will host more than 2,000 volunteer events nationwide as part of National Trails Day. The day is meant to be a celebration of the country's network of hiking trails from coast to coast.
Among the volunteer events kicking off on Saturday is a week-long volunteer vacation in Washington's Mount Rainier National Park where a group will work on the repairing the Wonderland Trail at Ipsut Creek.
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If you really want to get back to basics, spend a few days at the Ridge to Reef Farm in St. Croix for the reason that one of the farm's ultimate goals is to grow and distribute enough food to feed 1% of the local population. If that can be accomplished, then they'll be that much closer to making the islands less dependent on overpriced, imported produce.
It is a tall order but if anyone can make it happen, it's Ridge to Reef's owner Nate Olive. Nate is passionate about fostering an organic and sustainable life on the farm and his enthusiasm is contagious. Most visitors become intoxicated by the smells, sounds, and tastes of the farm, which feature vegetable gardens, bamboo groves, fruit trees, chickens, goats, and a donkey.
As the only certified organic farm in the USVI, Ridge to Reef is busy harvesting food three times a week for their food share program and maintaining a 200-acre campus, so they do depend on help from volunteers throughout the year.
Is it time to start planning your own moment of Zen? The San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) is welcoming meditation seekers, yoga lovers, and artisan foodies for this year's guest seasons, running from April 26 to September 9, 2013, at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.
Located inland from Big Sur, and only accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles via a 14-mile dirt road, Tassajara is the first Zen training monastery outside of Asia. It has established itself as the place to go for self-discovery, healing and an escape from the stresses of everyday life. It is also an eco-efficient paradise with all of its energy coming from solar panels and local hot springs.
The summer travel season may be ending, but Go Eco still has more than eight volunteer trips planned to Thailand through the end of the year.
Go Eco tours not only give travelers the opportunity to help orphans in Thailand, but also experience Thai culture through tours, cooking and language classes around Singburi, Lopburi, and Ayutthaya.
The Thailand experiences range from 1-8 weeks and cost $540 for the first week, plus an additional $175 for each additional extra week. Volunteers are based in Sing Buri Province where they help teach, create activities, garden, and do renovation work at local orphanages.
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Forget going to see the latest movie in the Madagascar series. Why not spend some time volunteering there, on the actual island of Madagascar, instead?
Blue Ventures hosts a volunteer expedition to Madagascar every six months in which participants research and and work on conservation projects alongside scientists. Through their work, volunteers help to find new ways for coastal communities to live sustainably within their environment.
The Center For Responsible Travel (CREST), a non-profit established to transform the way the world travels, has announced an eight-day voyage to the Galapagos led by Darwin expert William Durham.
The sailing trip, which was jointly organized with eco-yacht operator Ecoventura, will take place from August 5- 12, 2012 and will include stops in Darwin Bay, Tagus Cove, Isabella, Rabida Island, Santa Fe Island, and the Darwin Station of Highlands of Santa Cruz.