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Barbados Holidays with Heart

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Most travel-lovers are likely to have a holiday in Barbados on their bucket lists – its fine white-sand beaches, delicious local food and delightful rum punch will wash your cares away (but be careful with that last one!).

Here’s the heart-felt twist: whether you’re a budget traveller, family, or five-star resort-er, one sure way to enrich your vacation is to really get to know the place – and yourself – by volunteering while you’re there. You’ll find a range of options to help out, so look for one that suits your personality and your travel plans.

In between shifts, you can always kick back with a cold drink on the beach. If you’re keen to explore the Caribbean island, there are plenty of themed tours ranging from adventure trips and ocean excursions to home and garden tours and cultural walk-and-talks.

Sea Turtle Watch

Turtles in Barbados

Barbados’s tourism infrastructure and population influxes can take their toll on local wildlife; enjoy some hands-on wildlife experience by helping make sure the island’s magical sea turtles are protected. As a volunteer, your job is to collect scientific data, interact with nesting females (without disturbing them, of course), investigate reports of turtle activity and answer turtle-hotline emergency calls.  Oh, and you may also get to rescue disoriented hatchlings and adult turtles. Both you and the turtle will have a story to tell!

Contact The Barbados Sea Turtle Project to learn more.

Help the Homeless

The Barbados Vagrant and Homeless Society is “taking homelessness and vagrancy by storm,” and they always need an extra hand or ten. Get in touch to see how you can contribute to their noble mission to provide food, clothing, shelter, and life skills programs to homeless fellow humans.

Service in Style

If you’re not up for slumming it in island hostels, book at the glittering Fairmont Royal Pavilion and ask about the “range of community services” they organize for guests who would like to give back… after asking the concierge to point you towards the best shopping, restaurants, and activities in Barbados. Now that’s service.

Help Beautiful Women Change the World

From October 13th to the 23rd, Bridgetown is hosting the Miss Humanity International Pageant, with the winner picked based on her contribution to fashion, education, entertainment and culture throughout the world. Read the gorgeous contestants’ resumes – they’re inspiring, and this do-gooder pageant needs volunteer ushers.

Of course, there’s always more ways to contribute: community development, women’s shelters, technology projects, wildlife preservation and more. Before you leave for your Barbados getaway, pick a volunteer project close to your heart and make your vacation a truly memorable one.

Image by jurvetson.

 

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Volunteer travel videos up for Telly Award


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Our most recent Cambodia voluntourism video is up for a People’s Telly Award and we need your vote. Please click here and give us a “thumbs up” now.  It only takes a second and it would mean so much to us.  And please “tweet” and “post” to your heart’s content to help us spread the word.

We won 2 Telly’s last year for our Tanzania documentary, so we’d love to continue the winning streak for Journeys for Good.

Thanks everyone for supporting our dream to create inspirational volunteer travel content.  If you haven’t done so already, follow us on Facebook and sign up for our newsletter to get updates and notifications when new content is posted.  There’s more content coming soon from our family voluntourism adventure in Cambodia with non-profit Globe Aware, so please stay tuned.

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A visit to an Cambodian orphanage.

Here is the latest clip from our Cambodia volunteer trip with non-profit Globe Aware.  In this segment, our group visits a local orphanage, giving the children a chance to practice English with native speakers.

Orphanage tourism  in Cambodia has been under fire lately.  There have been some disreputable agencies who have established faux orphanages to attract Western tourists.  That said, our voluntour partner, Globe Aware, fully vetted this facility to ensure its legitimacy.  They take great care and work closely with their in-country coordinators to ensure that these visits do not adversely affect the children.  Personally, I wasn’t sure how I would feel.  I certainly didn’t want to cause a problem or create confusion among the kids with my presence.

When we arrived, I was pleased to see that the kids seemed happy and well cared for.  I was also incredibly impressed with their intelligence as they guided us around their facility.  They seemed to be receiving a very good education and, beyond English, many of them had also studied other languages like Japanese and Chinese.  There was a definite sense of family and community between the older and younger children.  I also liked the nature of our volunteer project.  As guest “teachers”, our visit was friendly and short.  We mixed our English practice with fun and silliness and everyone seemed to have a very good time.

Overall, I felt that, in this instance, our orphanage visit did have a tangible benefit for the children.  Both in and out of the classroom, the children had a chance to interact with Western visitors and practice their English skills.  These skills will help them as they age out of the system and move into real world jobs — with one of the greatest opportunities being in the growing tourism industry.

 

 

 

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Family volunteer travel fun in Cambodia with Globe Aware

On our recent family volunteer trip to Cambodia with Globe Aware, we participated in some great local projects, for sure.  But we also had some fun experiencing the local culture of Siem Reap. We visited the famous Angkor Wat temples,shopped beside locals at the Central Market and experienced “on the go” adventure with tuk tuks.  Please check out our latest video.

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Journeys for Good builds wheelchairs in Cambodia on volunteer trip- Part 2 Video


Here is the latest video from our volunteer trip to Cambodia with Globe Aware. This is Part 2 of the wheelchair building project when we had the opportunity to meet the recipients in person. It was a memorable experience for all of the volunteers and a tangible way for our group to contribute. Thanks for following us and please check back for more video in the coming weeks. You can also view our You Tube channel for many more video clips from our trips to Tanzania and Nicaragua.