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Top Five Volunteering Holidays

  • Tom Marvin
  • 28 March 2012

These days, people are looking for more from their holidays. Jaded by the mass-produced, identikit travel experiences pushed out by large corporations, they’ve tapped into a growing trend to give something back whilst away from home. And who can blame them? Travel is all about gaining new experiences, seeing new places and developing as a person. Volunteering during a holiday gives you all these opportunities.

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Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate – Spas and Traditional Massage in Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Thomas Holdo Hansen
  • 16 May 2011

When visiting Siem Reap, Cambodia, travellers usually make a visit to the Angkor Wat UNESCO World Heritage Site their first priority. Its hundreds of ancient temples comprise the largest religious monument ever built. But with so much on offer, it’s important to plan a way to revitalise weary limbs after long exciting days. Many travellers therefore also find rest, relaxation and rejuvenation to be key qualities of a complete Angkor experience.

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Of Chickens and Medicine Men: A Local Remedy in Cebu, Philippines

  • John Paul Maclang
  • 5 May 2011

Not long ago, I visited a local hilot, or medicine man, in Bantayan, Philippines. It all started when a wrong turn on a bike quickly became a leaping, flying dash into a rice paddy. What I had expected to be ‘just’ a tourist trip then offered a few valuable life lessons. There is a moral to this story about the painfully swollen ankle I got: I crashed in a place where doctors and hospitals are rare, and instead found luck and kindness.

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Top Five Natural Baths Around the World

  • WHL Group
  • 2 May 2011

For ages, people have travelled far and wide in search of a good bath. Journeying to natural pools and hot springs with healing properties has been ‘medical tourism’ in its simplest form. Nowadays, though, a healthy soak in the mineral-rich waters of thermal springs is more than just doctor’s orders; finding the natural hot spots for a relaxing steep is a way to appreciate the unique geographical qualities of a place while simultaneously indulging in some healing.

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ecoTravel Tips: Do’s and Don’ts, What to Take with You

  • The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)
  • 17 March 2011

A responsible traveller doesn’t hit the road unprepared. There’s planning and followthrough involved. Here’s a simple checklist of ecotravel tips to help you and your hosts get the most out of a mindful journey.

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Top Five Picks for Volunteer Holidays

  • whl.travel
  • 15 November 2010

For whl.travel, a company dedicated to improving the travel experience and the ethical standards of tourism from the bottom up and for everyone involved, it is hardly surprising that many local partners are actively involved in voluntourism initiatives. Here we spotlight a few whl.travel destinations that encourage travellers to get involved in local projects with the promise of a true cultural experience and exchange.

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Making a Difference in Nepal by Volunteering

  • Navin M. Shrestha
  • 11 November 2010

Tours and treks regularly circuit the far-flung areas of Nepal to take in the astounding scenery, cultural diversity and the warm hospitality of Nepal’s rural people. Unfortunately, these remote places and the people who call them home have seen very little of the dividend from tourism. Today, though, at least one local organisation is currently trying to change all that. Outdoor Himalayan Treks seeks to share the benefits of travel at a grassroots level.

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Voluntourism Helps Locals in Malawi

  • Chimwemwe Siyabu and Kate Ward
  • 8 November 2010

As a developing country in Africa, Malawi faces a lot of challenges, especially when it comes to the development of its rural communities. One of many effective ways to tackle some of the challenges, though, is through volunteer assistance, channelled through the tourism industry. In support of this, The Responsible Safari Company, the whl.travel local connection in Malawi, has partnered with local community-development organisations to create an exciting range of voluntourism opportunities.

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