Conflict Transformation vs. Transformational Travel

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Find a path to full-time transformational travel through a career in conflict resolution.

8 Things Every Volunteer Organization Should Provide

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Not all volunteer-sending organizations are created equal. Check that yours meets these standards.

Build Your Own Gap Year

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Travel the world (at any age) for less than $5000 a semester, learning from service projects and steering your own adventure!

Why I Hate Short Term Missions Trips

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Jenn Miller dives into the turbulent and emotionally charged waters of voluntourism and faith-based missions trips, explaining why, often, these programs do more harm than good.

5 Reasons Living in a Less Developed Country is Better Than Living At Home

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Some people might feel that moving to a so-called “less developed” country is filled with sacrifices, but Rachel Denning has done it more than once, and here she gives us 5 reasons why she actually prefers it.

Five Reasons Not to Join the Peace Corps

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Jill Nawrocki spent two years in Namibia as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She thinks there are a lot of reasons to sign up for this life-changing experience. Here are her top five reasons not to.

How Volunteering in Africa Changed Me

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Volunteering on a refugee camp in Africa may not be a typical travel choice, but as Josh Martin explains, it’s certainly a transformational one.

A Volunteer Project to Get Behind

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A few weeks ago in this column, Jennifer Miller shared her disdain for short term mission trips. Some who read this article thought she was calling for an end to all types of volunteer trips, fundraisers, activities, and experiences, which is the furthest thing from the truth. Today, Jenn is sharing a personal story about a project that she believes will leave a lasting impact on the community that she currently lives in, which is what we believe most people who get involved in this type of work hope to accomplish.

There’s Much More to Travel Than Famous Sites

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Ever thought you want to volunteer in India or Nepal or Thailand? Ever realize that it might cost you thousands of dollars to do so? Find out how Laura Giliberti solved that problem by creating her own volunteer placement, going for a month to teach English, then ended up starting an NGO!

How a Pencil Made Me Appreciate Life

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Have you had an experience during your travels that really made you take a step back and reflect? Adam Seper shares his story about volunteering in Laos and how much of an impact a simple gift had on him.