1. Addressing the Problems of Volunteer Tourism

    Volunteer tourism or voluntourism has come under a lot of criticism in recent years: the idea that untrained students or tourists go into a needy community to provide short term help.  There are concerns with this model: it may perpetuate the notion of the "white savior", it may lead to dependence on charity, and it may do little to address the root of  socio-economic problems. A core part of th…Read More

  2. Boost you travel readiness with these 5 tips

    You have your basic gap year travel itinerary set and plane tickets bought... So what can you do now to better prepare yourself for your trip? 1. Read, read, read. You will probably want to purchase a guidebook from your favorite series. (I often travel with a Lonely Planet guidebook). But in the early planning stages, I go to my local library and check out a number of other guidebooks to compare …Read More