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Invictus, a gap year, and volunteer travel in South Africa

A couple of weeks ago, I caught the end of the movie Invictus with Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.  It’s the story of how Nelson Mandela used the Rugby World Cup in South Africa to unite a team and country to help heal the country of its racism issues and the divide between the blacks [...]

Volunteer travel immigration and terrorism threat The Global Citizen Project Charyn Pfeuffer

Is immigration a bigger threat to the world than terrorism?

The bombing in Oslo, Norway.  September 11 suicide attacks.  Train bombings in Madrid and London.  Various attacks in India and Pakistan.  Numerous bombings and suicide attacks in the Middle East.  Terrorism is becoming a familiar threat to people all over the world.  Is terrorism the biggest threat to safety around the world? This week, the [...]

Amazon Peru volunteer travel Charyn Pfeuffer post

Changing lives around the world through volunteer travel

Volunteer travel.  Voluntourism.  Helping people through travel.  Or as I call it “travel gives back.”  Even with all the things going on in our world today, I still believe that travel can change the world. For anyone who has spent time traveling, many hearts have been tugged at seeing the needs of people around the [...]

Sumak Kawsay Yachay Salasaca Ecuador Charyn Pfeuffer

How travel can change the world

Many people are waking up to the news that Osama bin Laden is dead.  For many in the US, it’s a psychological turning point as many are rejoicing over his death.  Others aren’t comfortable celebrating the death of anyone – even someone as evil as bin Laden.  Yet the impact of this is felt around [...]

2011 March for Babies Sacramento state capitol Feature

March for Babies raises over a millions dollars in Sacramento

On Saturday morning, I had the privilege of being a part in the annual March for Babies campaign on the steps of California’s state capitol in Sacramento.  Sunny skies and brisk winds greeted thousands of walkers who helped raise over a million dollars in Sacramento in the March for Babies campaign to save the lives [...]

March for Babies Sacramento

Can travel and March for Babies save a baby’s life?

It’s been nearly three years now and it’s changed my life.  It was unexpected – a bit of a shock when I first found out.  Along the way, there were some scary and anxious moments.  It’s because of what happened nearly three years ago I ask the question “Can travelers make a difference in the [...]

Golden Bay Blog4NZ John Reese

Blog4NZ – New Zealand 100% Pure

Blog 4 New Zealand (Blog4NZ) is an effort to put the country in the spotlight after the February 2011 earthquake.  To help raise awareness, Jim McIntosh, John Reese, Craig Martin, and Dan Roberts started Blog4NZ so that photos and information about New Zealand would be shared March 21 – 23.  In this post, native Kiwi [...]

view of Melbourne Australia skyline along the river

Australia on my mind

With the tragic news of the floods in Brisbane and Queensland this past week, Australia has been on my mind.  Many people have seen the videos and images of the floods that destroyed homes and killed a number of people in Australia.  The damage is massive, the death toll is heart-breaking, and the recovery will [...]