Archive for the ‘Volunteering & Giving Back’ Category

Happy Feet?

Happy Feet?
A trip to Antarctica is like the real-life version of Animal Planet: Where else in the world can you sail past seals sleeping on ice bergs or plop down on a snowy beach where curious penguins climb right onto your lap? Thus far all of our wildlife spottings have been the warm and cuddly kind-until our...
June 4th, 2008 | Adventure Travel, Antarctica, Volunteering & Giving Back, Websites and Blogs, Wildlife & Animals | Read More

It Takes a Village: part 2

It Takes a Village: part 2
As many of you know, Jen, Amanda and I volunteered in Kenya through a program called Village Volunteers, and this is a classroom at Pathfinder Academy, a school where we lived in huts and worked with the children. Recent elections in Kenya have triggered violence between the different tribes, volunteers...
January 28th, 2008 | Health & Safety, Kenya, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Volunteering & Giving Back | Read More

Lost Girl of the Week: Alexis Thomas

Lost Girl of the Week: Alexis Thomas
When the Tsunami devestated the Pacific Rim on December 26th, 2004, it seemed as if the entire planet turned out to donate their money, or their time, to help. In all, the worldwide community gave more than $7 billion (2004 US dollars) in humanitarian aid to those affected by the earthquake. This kind...
August 15th, 2007 | Cambodia, Indonesia, Lost Girl of the Week, Volunteering & Giving Back | Read More

It Takes A Village: part 1

It Takes A Village: part 1
A big motivation for going on this RTW trip was to learn about how other people live. And since we’ve been blessed by being born in middle-class America, we wanted to donate some time and money to a good cause. What better way to accomplish both than to volunteer? Jen surfed the net and found Village...
April 4th, 2007 | Africa, Kenya, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Volunteering & Giving Back | Read More

The Beach Girls

The Beach Girls
Until now, we’d spent weeks struggling to keep pace with frenetic, chaotic, religion-centric, sanitarily challenged, confusing, stimulating and draining India. But here in Goa, we finally had a chance to dig our heels in the copper-colored sand, lean back in a plastic chair and finally relax. Sure,...
January 7th, 2007 | India, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Volunteering & Giving Back | Read More

Leaving Pathfinder

Leaving Pathfinder
Get Your Own! | View Slideshow On the last night of our incredible volunteer experience at Pathfinder Academy in Kenya, the pre-teen girls we’d been working with for nearly a month surprised us by singing personal farewells at a candlelight dinner. We’d grown to love these little women...
November 13th, 2006 | Kenya, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Volunteering & Giving Back | Read More

Lost Girl of the Week: Irene Scher

Lost Girl of the Week: Irene Scher
When we signed up for our volunteer program in western Kenya, we knew we could encounter mosquitos, flash thunderstorms and potentially, some rogue zebras and gazelles. The one thing that we didn’t expect to find at Pathfinder Academy? Another fabulous Lost Girl to expand our happy trio into a...
November 10th, 2006 | Kenya, Lost Girl of the Week, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Volunteering & Giving Back | Read More

The Lost Girls Foundation

The Lost Girls Foundation
Many of you have asked about the Common Ground program where we stayed in Kenya, and we wanted to pass along this opportunity to help. Joshua, the director of the school called Pathfinder Academy, is asking for donations to help buy the students textbooks. Information about the school and where to send...
November 2nd, 2006 | Kenya, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Volunteering & Giving Back | Read More

The Garden of Eatin’

The Garden of Eatin’
After Sister Freda gave us a tour of her rural clinic, she led us past her own small house (one of the few I’d seen with running water and a western-style toilet) to one of most enchanting parts of her property: the tropical fruit grove. Pushing past the low-slung gate, we entered a lush, emerald...
October 31st, 2006 | Kenya, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Volunteering & Giving Back | Read More

Channeling my Inner Angelina

Channeling my Inner Angelina
I found love at an unexpected place: Sister Freda’s Hospital outside of Kitale, Kenya. Sister Freda is a native Kenyan, mother of four and registered nurse. She constructed a clinic in this rural area to help the masses of displaced tribe members who couldn’t afford the 60 cents it costs...
October 24th, 2006 | Kenya, Volunteering & Giving Back | Read More