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Posts Tagged ‘microfinance’

Creating Community Through Volunteering in Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Susan Bean Aycock
  • 10 November 2010

I first took a tour of Teotitlán del Valle, Mexico, when a three-week vacation to Oaxaca turned into a love affair with the local culture and my new home shortly thereafter. After I began to tag along on other trips, Fundación En Vía’s managing director mentioned that they needed more tutors for the free English classes they offered in Teotitlán. It took me about two seconds to commit to at least a month of volunteer teaching.

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Responsible Tourism in True Form: Bloom Microventures Comes to Vietnam

  • Ashley Hiemenz
  • 24 September 2010

As a Hanoi resident, I have taken many a tour with visiting friends. Accordingly, I have experienced my share of horrible tours. I’ve also seen the detrimental effects of tourism done wrong – whereby the big guys get richer and little money trickles down to the local suppliers (leaving disgruntled staff members and unhappy travellers). Over the years though, a few responsible tour operators have made a sincere effort to offer better travel alternatives, so when we noticed a humble poster that advertised a microfinance tour in Vietnam, we were definitely curious. What is a microfinance tour?

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