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The Fight Against Human Trafficking: A Visit to the Indian Border with Maiti Nepal

  • Christine T. Mackay
  • 25 May 2015

A donor trip to Nepal bears witness to the work of Maiti Nepal in its fight against human trafficking, the heartbreaking tragedy of which is enormous in a country suffering from poverty, illiteracy and now recovery from major natural disaster.

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Video Spotlight: Playing for Change – Stand by Me

  • Paul Tavner
  • 5 February 2012

This clip, produced by the Playing for Change movement, combines a number of delightful human characteristics in a way that just makes you feel downright happy. Musical talent, individual artistic interpretation and diverse locations all come together to produce one of the all-time great covers of Ben E. King’s classic ‘Stand by Me’.

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How to Help Japan in the Aftermath of the Earthquake and Tsunami

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 16 March 2011

What’s happening in Japan is tragic. Rather than dwell on the much-reported disaster, the WHL Group hopes you will show solidarity with the global effort to help reach everyone in distress through any of an assortment of programs.

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The Struggle to Give Back to the Community by Volunteering (in Argentina)

  • Luke Sewell
  • 9 November 2010

‘Eco-tourism,’ ‘volunteering’ and ‘giving back to community.’ The words are so full of altruism and yet, in reality, the volunteering sector is a minefield of organisations that exploit generosity for profit mixed in with good causes. So how do you find what’s meaningful? You have to keep your eyes an ears open for good causes, approach local charities, talk to people and think about the skills that you can contribute. It’s a lot more work than a click of the mouse.

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A University Student’s Account of Volunteering with EDGE of AFRICA

  • Jamie-Lee Hassett
  • 22 September 2010

I was given a chance to volunteer for six weeks in Knysna, South Africa, with an organisation called EDGE of AFRICA. Committed to responsible travel, EDGE of AFRICA provides “volunteer and internship placements in South Africa for gap years, career breaks, university internships, school groups and corporate team building projects.” Their aim is to make a direct positive impact on the local community and environment, while allowing travellers to gain firsthand exposure to the local heritage, culture and traditions.

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Dance to the Beat of Mongolian Bling

  • Off the Radar
  • 23 August 2010

Ask any youth from the Western hemisphere to name their favorite hip-hop artists and they will probably rattle off a few names that come to mind. Ask their parents and grandparents and you would likely be met with a blank stare. Younger generations have come to assume that this culture gulf is wide and incapable of being bridged. Nasanbat, a 52 year old Mongolian woman, however, can name the first hip-hop song that became popular in Mongolia, a few of the bands and artists around town, and is probably more tuned into the industry than any Western youth. She is not the exception. In fact, in Mongolia, older generations know all about hip-hop.

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Floods Cripple Pakistan

  • Luke Ford
  • 21 August 2010

Flooding triggered by exceptionally heavy monsoon rains has claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people in Pakistan during the last three weeks. A country already deeply troubled by ongoing violence and political unrest, Pakistan must now deal with the anguish of up to 20 million people affected by high waters that have washed away crops and destroyed entire villages. More than 4 million people are without homes and up to 3.5 million children are living under the constant threat of water-borne illnesses.

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The Holistic Approach to Sustainability

  • Senda and Gerard Oude Hergelink
  • 3 March 2009

Our approach to sustainability in tourism is a holistic one. We don’t believe that you can develop one thing and neglect others. For example, you can’t create a beach paradise with a two-month-long tourism season and forget the lives of the original year-round inhabitants. We think such projects destroy historic, human and natural resources.

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