Robert F. Kennedy once said, “The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” How do you contribute to the world? How do you make a difference? If you want to make the world a better place, why not find a job that let’s you do just that? Finding a […]
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? The Southern Alps of New Zealand? The bustling streets of New York? The jungles of Thailand? The tech savvy center of San Francisco? The wild coast of Alaska? The world is yours to explore. You can live, work, and play anywhere. You just […]
Before you scroll down to the list, can you guess what the happiest country in the world is? What makes travelers and locals love these places? Is it the love of local cuisine? The thriving culture? The historically rich towns? The scenic and endless beaches? The jaw dropping natural wonders? The lack of people? A […]
Have you ever volunteered to do something? Typically volunteering is a rewarding activity that is intended to help others. It’s also a wonderful way for someone like you to build skills, network, gain experience, and have fun. If you don’t volunteer for things on a regular basis, change your habits. Try volunteering and see what […]
There is a certain allure and mystique about traveling. Where in the world do you want to go? Do you want to watch the sunset on an untouched beach? Meander the streets of bustling foreign cities? Bike through pristine mountain villages? Tour through scenic national parks? Sail through the clear waters of the Caribbean? Or […]
Does any of this sound fun? Creating eco-lodges in Costa Rica, protecting sea turtles in the Galapagos, setting up warehouse festivals in Hong Kong, building latrines in Nepal, assisting in orphanages in Cambodia, constructing houses in Mexico, providing basic healthcare in Tanzania, researching cheetahs in South Africa, or rescuing elephants in Thailand? Any of these […]
One of the main points that we always touch when considering the pros and cons of working or volunteering abroad is the idea of culture shock. Imagine that you are in a new country where you:
* Don’t speak the language
* Don’t have access to a network of friends or family
* Can’t get home to see your family frequently
This means, you are likely going to run into some odd situations. For example, in Chile (and other South American countries) you have to weigh and pay for your food and bread at different sections around the supermarket, before you checkout. This might seem like a minor detail, but imagine that you are new in town and just want to get some groceries, and when you go to pay, everyone is yelling and pointing…this can be disheartening to say the least. This is culture shock.
The continent of Africa is one of the most diverse in the world, with more than XX countries making up the the giant land mass. The region also has a strong relationship with the United States in the form of missions and relief – the ongoing rebellions and fighting in many countries in Africa have left millions of its citizens in refugee camps, a large number of which are controlled by the United Nations or large relief groups.