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Score an All-Expenses-Paid Trip to Help the Elephants of Thailand

Where: Thailand
October 23, 2014 at 3:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you've fantasized about traveling the world and helping wildlife without breaking the bank, DreamJobbing has the gig for you.

The website has teamed up with The Tourism Authority of Thailand to offer an intrepid traveler the chance to become a wildlife volunteer and aid in Thailand.

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Help Restore Coral Reefs on Your Next Dive in the Florida Keys

October 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Coral Restoration Foundation now offers divers in the Florida Keys a unique opportunity to take action while doing something they love.

CRF encourages divers of all skill levels to take action through their core outreach programs. The 1- and 2-day excursions include classroom instruction and hands-on experience learning reef restoration techniques.

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Get Away for an Adult Gap Year at a South Africa Game Reserve

September 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

South Africa's Phinda Game Reserve is giving adults the chance to take a Gap Year of their own.

Over the past twenty years, the Phinda Game Reserve's growth has made it possible to hire a full time researcher who leads a team of research assistants. These volunteer helpers are actively involved in studying the biodiversity of the entire game reserve.

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US Office of Foreign Assets Opens Up Another Way for Americans to Tour Cuba

Where: Cuba
August 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

It wasn't too long ago that travel to Cuba was near impossible but, slowly, opportunities are opening up for Americans.

Group IST has been granted a license by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets allowing the travel agency to offer an exclusive eight day People to People exchange program of Cuba throughout 2015.

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It's Not Too Late to Kayak the Los Angeles River This Summer

August 6, 2014 at 4:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summer might be winding down, but there are still tickets available for L.A. River Expeditions Summer 2014 Kayaking Trips in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area.

The guided tour takes kayakers through one of the most scenic stretches of the L.A. in San Fernando Valley for great views of wildlife and leisurely paddling.

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What Does Sustainability and 'Eco-Travel' in Costa Rica Even Mean?

Where: Costa Rica
July 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this week, our bro HotelChatter took a look at what it means for hotels to be eco-friendly and sustainable in Costa Rica. Instead of stars, a property is awarded anywhere from 0 to 5 leafs that represent its cooperation with the requirements set forth by the country’s Board of Tourism in its Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST).

The certificate was designed with the purpose of differentiating businesses and their level of responsibility as it relates to sustainable tourism. Hotels are definitely the most talked about entity when it comes to sustainability rankings, partly because they are the most consumptuous and partly because it is a trend that has caught on with the rest of the world. LEED Certifications, for example.

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Help 'Great Projects' Protect the Tigers of India

Where: India
June 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Great Projects has put together a once-in-a-lifetime trip to India where volunteers will not only help protect endangered tigers, but they will also stay in the reserve they call home.

The project takes place in the prestigious Kanha National Park, the same location that gave Rudyard Kipling with inspiration to write The Jungle Book.

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Voluntourism Means Scaling the Slopes of Mauna Kea in Hawaii

May 14, 2014 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Aston is giving their guests an opportunity to give back on their next trip to Hawaii.

Aston Kona by the Sea, Aston Shores at Waikoloa, and Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas are all participating in the “Leave a Legacy with Aston” program.

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Three Farm Stays Ready to Welcome You This Spring

March 19, 2014 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Help Bring Solar Power to the People of Nicaragua This Year

Where: Nicaragua
February 12, 2014 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Stay Up All Night with Sea Turtles on Your Next Hawaiian Vacation

November 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Better Visit the Marshall Islands Now...Before They Cease to Exist

October 1, 2013 at 11:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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