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Adventures Less Ordinary: Getting an Accurate Snapshot of Travel Generosity

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 15 December 2014

This post is part of my Editor’s Note in “Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good,” a free guide to mindful adventures. Drawing on the combined expertise of two dozen leading voices advocating for travel that makes a difference, it is a guide for compassionate people seeking the ultimate adventure – one guided as much by the good you give as the good you get.

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Preserving Nature in Nicaragua: Ecotourism at Morgan’s Rock Ecolodge

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 11 December 2013

Nicaragua’s southern Pacific coast is often considered to be purely a surf destination, but an altogether different type of ecotourism escape awaits travelers at the secluded and exclusive bungalow community of Morgan’s Rock Ecolodge.

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Cambodia Calling! The PEPY Ride Is a Trip of a Lifetime

  • Amy McLoughlin
  • 4 November 2013

The PEPY Ride is an annual 1000-kilometre cycling extravaganza across Cambodia, run by PEPY Tours, an award-winning social enterprise. It is a unique opportunity to explore far beyond the tourist traps, by experiencing authentic cultural exchanges and expand one’s minds through learning about global development from experts. Best of all, every journey funds a dynamic program of education and youth empowerment projects for rural Cambodian students.

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Miraculous El Sauce, Nicaragua

  • Rachel Eagan
  • 2 May 2013

Years of war and corruption have left the breathtaking landscape of Nicaragua pitted with pockets of poverty. In the United States, 4Walls Project has for the past five years been helping to build safe, sustainable housing for underprivileged families in El Sauce, sleepy cowboy town. What started as a two-woman project has quickly blossomed into a yearly pilgrimage for volunteers from all across the United States.

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Sustainable Design and Adapting Tourism Architecture in Jordan and Morocco

  • Michael Soncina
  • 18 April 2013

While attending this year’s Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), attendees were fortunate enough to listen to a fantastic panel discussion led by Muna Haddad, from the Baraka Consulting Agency, on conducting tourism in a crisis situation. She gave interesting examples of realities and perceptions of life in her home country of Jordan, and how communication channels like social media disrupt reality and create illusions that can have an enormous effect on a destination.

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Soria Moria Boutique Hotel Raises the Bar in Locally Driven Hospitality in Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Thomas Holdo Hansen
  • 8 November 2012

By virtue of its Employee Ownership Scheme, the Soria Moria Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, has raised the bar on local travel and hospitality by becoming the country’s first employee-owned hotel. In fact, each member of the staff, from housekeeping to front desk, and from kitchen and restaurant workers to the local management, is an owner.

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Photo of the Week: Boat Building the Traditional Way in Malawi

  • Kate Webb (photo and text)
  • 17 August 2012

Local fishermen on the Lake Malawi use traditional methods to build wonderful wooden fishing boats that can last for over 25 years. One boat builder, Joseph, has also engaged in community development and environmental protection.

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Beyond Books in Tanzania, Part IV: The Maktaba Project & The New Tanzanian Community Library Association

  • Anne M. Wells, UNITE the World with Africa
  • 30 May 2012

In a country where development can be frustratingly slow and good intention can be easily derailed by miscommunications, cultural differences and logistical setbacks, what does one do when one finds a program that works? Replicate it! In 2006, at age 69, Judith Smith, founder of the U.S.-based Crawford-Smith Foundation, traveled to Tanzania, met Deb Kelly and got hooked on community library projects.

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Beyond Books in Tanzania, Part III: “What a Difference a Library Makes”

  • Anne M. Wells, UNITE the World with Africa
  • 2 May 2012

In the United States, $15,000 may buy you a family vacation of sorts or maybe even a half-year’s tuition at a state university, but in Tanzania, it covers the entire annual budget for the Jifundishe Free Library in Ngongongare Village in the Arusha District of northern Tanzania. Jifundishe is one of a handful of free, independent community libraries in the entire country and now the model for a new community library initiative taking place across the country.

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Borneo Penan Ecotourism: Cultivating Connection with the Forest and Empowering Local Communities

  • Hollie Tu
  • 23 September 2011

“Load up quick, bad weather, come very quick!” These are the last words you ever want to hear when you are a passenger in a tiny 20-seater plane flying into the rainforest. As the engines whirred into life, I wondered for a split second whether or not I’d bought enough supplies to last a trek to the nearest village should the plane crash. Risky or not, the flight into the interior of Sarawak only served to highlight the nature of the trip that was to come – remote and, at this point, reckless.

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