Category: Volunteer Travel

I always volunteer when I travel. It is such an important way to experience the culture, become part of the community, and meet local friends. As a solo traveler, I make deep rooted connections wherever I go and always have a support network with a wealth of regional knowledge. I most often volunteer with children, teaching my Nature Explorers International curriculum. I have also spent time volunteering with rescued animals, waste disposal projects, herpetological surveys, community development, gardening, biological and anthropological studies and more!

Women Who Travel Solo Series

I’m very honored to have been featured in Something In Her Ramblings travel blog as part of the Women Who Travel Solo Series. I hope that my story about volunteering in Uganda¬†will help to inspire other women to travel solo in Africa. Lauren Salisbury’s travel blog focuses on providing resources and tips for solo travelers Read More …

Deep in the Colombian Andes

A thick blanket of clouds settles above rolling valleys of green and high peaks of blue. There is a wildness among the calm, a mystery behind the seen, a danger lurking beneath the beauty. The Northern Andes mountains of Colombia are home to incredibly unique animals and vibrant cultures that have been threatened by civil Read More …

To Impact a Community

February 11, 2011   Mud walls, cracked and dry, are packed between vertically stacked sticks that reach about head high. I look over the wall to two similarly constructed classrooms. Children are crowded on benches, bare feet on dirt floors. Uniforms neatly tucked in, they sit obediently and wait. The head master enters, smartly dressed Read More …

Beyond Language Barriers

  January 19, 2012   Shades of blue disappear into distant clouds through the layered peaks of the Sierra Madre mountain range in Chiapas, Mexico. Steep hillsides are dotted with the dark green leaves of the coffee plant, and it is upon this land that the Tztotzil Maya have lived for centuries. Coffee has been Read More …