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If you're worried that you waited too long to book a volunteer vacation for this summer, worry not. There's actually no better time than the present. India-based, internationally-recognized outfit Volunteering Solutions is giving $100 off all summer programs booked by May 31, which includes trips to Delhi, India, Thailand, Ghana and Tanzania.
“Through skateboarding I started dreaming again. Knowing that I can do something well and having teachers that support me helped me to believe in myself.”
- Madina, age 14, Skateistan student
Welcome to Skateistan, a world where vulnerable children are provided with opportunities for education, community and leadership through something many people in the Western world have deemed as a public nuisance: skateboards.
Skateistan is an international NGO that works with young people ages 5-18, most of whom are poverty-stricken, in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. They’ve found that – much like in America – skateboarding is often a community and support structure all its own, especially for kids who don’t have another outlet. After youth in these developing parts of the world latch onto skating, Skateistan has found it’s easier to keep them on track toward the most meaningful and successful life possible.
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After Saturday's devastating earthquake, many people here in the U.S. want to help those in Nepal, but they aren't sure where to start.
If your instinct is to get on the next flight to Kathmandu, that might not be the best plan. Even if you have the time and resources needed to head to Nepal, food, lodging and volunteer coordination may be lacking, making some well-intentioned travelers more of a burden than a help.
But, that doesn't mean there won't be plenty of organized volunteer opportunities in Nepal in the future. Habitat for Humanity is already planning a longer-term response that will assist affected communities with permanent housing solutions.
If you’re a product of the 1980s, you’re gonna love the latest do-good effort from Sweden’s two biggest airports’, Stockholm Arlanda and Goteborg Landvetter.
They’ve installed custom-made retro video games (think Ms. Pac Man, Space Invaders and Galaga) that will accept coins of any and all currency, reports
Put another coin in the video game (baby), and all proceeds go to the Swedish Red Cross. It’s a far better use of spare change than let’s say, the rows of slot machines at the McCarran International Airport.
“The Charity Arcades is a way for us to emphasize our partnership with the Swedish Red Cross in a creative and inspiring way,” Michael Persson Gripkow, marketing director at Swedavia, Swedish Airports told
As natural born multitaskers, we love the idea of killing time while giving back. Especially over such cherished video game staples of our childhood. Our only request? Please bring in an air hockey or Foosball table to make our basement sports lovin’ heart totally happy.
Are you a charitable sort of person always trying to make the world a better place? If so, JetBlue wants to hear from you as part of its Flying It Forward social initiative, which rewards kindness with an airline ticket that gets passed from one good samaritan to the next.
It’s not JetBlue deciding who the ticket is passed to -- the current recipient chooses who deserves the next free flight. This “traveling ticket has enjoyed quite a journey so far.
Keep reading to see where the ticket has flown!
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If you're passing through the Milwaukee's Mitchell Airport this month, you can help local vets just by stopping at the Southwest Airlines Ticket Counter.
Southwest has teamed up with Funjet Vacations to collect much needed items for Milwaukee's returning soldiers and homeless veterans. All items collected will go directly to the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative. Dental floss, razors, foil, plastic wrap, tissues, toilet paper, soap, deodorant, shampoo, mouthwash, cleaning supplies, towels, and Tupperware are among the home and hygiene products being collected.
The volunteer travel group Me to We is bringing their life-changing trips and experiences on tour through Canada this fall.
Me to We works with various organizations, including Free The Children and We Day, to empower a generation to shift their thinking from "me" to "we" through the choices they make when deciding what to buy, what to wear, and where to go.
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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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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.
There's been a lot of talk in the media this week about the President's Advance Team after a volunteer was accused of bringing a prostitute back to his hotel room during a 2012 trip to Colombia.
This got us wondering, how does one become a volunteer for the prez? Not surprisingly, it isn't very easy.
When the president embarks on long trips, the White House advance office brings in a support staff. These staffers don't receive a salary but all of their travel-related expenses are paid for by the government. These volunteers assist with ticket collection, basic crowd control, and other duties at presidential events around the world.
NASCAR fans are known for being passionate and the NASCAR Foundation is giving them chance to use that passion for a good cause.
At each NASCAR race, fans can volunteer at the NASCAR Foundation merchandise booth, selling pins, hats, lanyards, and other memorabilia with all profits going to the foundation. Anyone working at the booth on behalf of a local charity can split the proceeds they earn between their nonprofit organization and the foundation, too.
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Photographers Without Borders is helping grassroots causes around the world through Support, Inspiration, and Experiences.
PWB supports these organizations by providing free visual media that will help them educate others and raise awareness. They aim to inspire by using websites, magazines, blogs, and exhibits to share the amazing stories of these small charities and NGOs. Finally, Photographers Without Borders chooses members to represent the organization on unique and cultural volunteer assignments around the globe.