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Making ourselves at home at the reserve

After three cloudy days in San Jose and one evening of rain, summer has arrived in time for us to head to the reserve. The days in San Jose were warm and humid even with the cloud cover, but as we traveled south on our first clear, gorgeous day, the weather seemed to get increasingly … Continue reading

Saying adios to the students of Ayudamos a Vivir

Today was my last day at the school, which completes the first phase of my Ecuadorian vacation. We had a special program complete with dancing, food, and a puppet show. A visitor came by the school to see the facility and observe the students. She engaged me in conversation and I was able to speak … Continue reading

Mis amigos especiales

It’s inevitable that I have my favorites. It happens every time and there’s no rhyme or reason to it. I have several this time, but I think the most special is Vanessa, who I’ve already mentioned. She’s mentally sharp, but trapped in a body contorted by muscular dystrophy. Early in the week, Vanessa and I … Continue reading

Un dia en la vida

The neighbor’s rooster is confused. Muy confundido. At 1:30 in the god-forsaken morning, he begins notifying all within earshot that dawn is at hand—a full 3.5 hours before the first rays of sun make their timid appearance. Soon after, the neighborhood’s dogs join in the fray and a night of restful sleep is lost to … Continue reading

Hay uno solamente

This is going to be a challenge. This is my fifth volunteer trip. Of those five, only twice did I actually do the job for which I applied. It’s funny how that works, but it’s yet another instance in which you must ‘go with the flow.’ Well this time, the ‘flow’ took me away from … Continue reading

Buenos dias from Quito

It’s been a stressful summer at home. When I travel, I often feel “ready” for a vacation , but I don’t recall ever feeling quite as desperate for time away as I have before this trip. Here’s a little story to illustrate just how much I’ve cracked under pressure lately. Recently, I was at the … Continue reading

Adventures of a Voluntourist: Vietnam

This is the fourth and final installment of a series that I’ve written for WorldNomads. The anecdotal stories focus on my experience volunteering abroad. Click here to read it.

Adventures of a Voluntourist: India

This is the third installment in a series of four stories that I’ve written for WorldNomads. The anecdotal stories focus on my experience volunteering abroad. Click here to read it.

Adventures of a Voluntourist: Peru

This is the second installment in a series of four stories that I’ve written for WorldNomads. The anecdotal stories focus on my experience volunteering abroad. Click here to read it.

Adventures of a Voluntourist: Greece

WorldNomads contacted me to see if I was interested in contributing stories about voluntourism to their Responsible Travel page. I was pleased to do it and my first (of four) stories appears on WorldNomads: Click here to read it.

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