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Travel for Change

[ 6 ] December 30, 2009 | Sasha
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Travel for Change, small things make a big impact. As travellers we are in the very privileged position to be able to experience other cultures, see amazing things and meet incredible people.  Part of what comes with this privilege is the exposure to the glamour less injustices of the world.  Unless you shelter yourself behind the confines of a resort, at some point you will undoubtedly come face to face with these injustices.  Poverty even in Europe is not uncommon with beggars commonly around tourist areas and in Asia the illegal animal trade is never far away.

It is hard to ignore the fact that while we are spending our money travelling, somewhere in the world there is extreme poverty, people living on the streets dying from illnesses that are so easily preventable, whole forests are burning down in places like Borneo destroying precious animal habitat to make way for agriculture and development.  While the problem is far greater then us travellers putting down our backpacks for a life of solitude donating all our money to charity, as travellers there is a lot we can do to make a difference.

One of the best ways you can make a contribution to change our world as a traveller is by working it into your travels.  There are several programs tailor made for the traveller that wants to make a difference.  Volunteering abroad is increasingly popular and you only have to do a Google search to realise just how many options there are out there!!!

Inspired Adventures

Travel for Change doesn’t only have to be via volunteering abroad.  You can make a difference by getting involved in fundraising travel challenges or charity challenges such as climbing a mountain, trekking or cycling across a country.  Generally you will be given a target to fund raise which covers the costs of travel as well as making a contribution to the selected charity.





Top Blogs and Organisations


The Global Citizen Project

The Global Citizen Project is Travel Writer Charyn Pfeuffer’s endeavour to swap her BlackBerry for a backpack and volunteer with 12 community projects in 12 countries over 12 months.  You can support this fantastic cause at Kickstarter by making a donation, there are same great prizes on offer!!!

You can read an interview with Charyn Pfeuffer in the current issue of On UR Way Magazine.


Volunteer Global

Volunteer Global is a fantastic blog that features a great database of volunteer programs from around the world.  It also has feature stories from volunteers.  I highly recommend checking it out!!!


World Youth International

World Youth International Australia (WYI) is a not for profit, non-religious & non-political international development organisation that offers people the opportunity to volunteer overseas in a meaningful way. They offer a range of programs and placements to countries including Kenya, Uganda, Nepal, Cambodia, India and Peru.  (Blurb from website)


Inspired Adventures

Inspired Adventures offer a range of fundraising treks, charity and trekking challenges that support various charities.  Each year that partner with Care Australia to hold the CARE Cycling Challenge.Check out the video of the 2008 Cycling Challenge across Laos.


i-to-i Life Changing Travel

i-to-i are experts in volunteer travel sending thousands of volunteers abroad each year.  They have volunteer projects, packages and meaningful tours in 24 countries around the world.  Read stories from i-to-i volunteers and ask questions in the forum on campfire.

Travel for Change, its as simple as working it into your travel itinerary!


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About Sasha: Sasha is a young Aussie lass who is living it up as an expat in Shanghai. When she’s not teaching English she can be found scheming her next grand travel adventure, dancing up a storm at Shanghai’s hippest clubs and taking an uncountable number of pictures of random things. View author profile.

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  3. I really agree with you that traveling is such a great meet new people and still associate with their culture.Thanks for the spirit.
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  4. Sasha says:

    Hey thanks for the comment Racheal!!! I really think travel is so much more than just going to some place, seeing it and that’s it!!!

  5. I agree with you. There are so many people out there that could do with our help and volunteering abroad is a great way to give back as well as experience the real culture of a country. Thanks for all of the links and the great post

  6. Sasha says:

    Thanks for the comment Tim, glad you liked the post. Little things really can make a big difference.

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