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VOLUNTOURISM: MAKING “GIVING BACK” A KEY PART OF YOUR TRAVEL PLANS

So what is “voluntourism” or volunteer tourism and how can you get involved? The internet defines voluntourism as “a form of tourism in which travelers participate in voluntary work, typically for a charity” and goes on to say that “at the core of voluntourism is the desire to help others.”

By its very nature traveling is an “elite” activity, elite in that most people in the world never have (read they cannot afford) the opportunity to travel out of state…

My Natural Hair Journey – An Ode to My Grandma

Growing up as a speck of pepper in a land of salt, small town upstate New York, meant I had to learn from a very early age to be comfortable in and to fully embrace the “skin I was in”.  Growing up bi-racial in a homogeneously white family and town was challenging at best, but I always felt loved, accepted, and beautiful in my own right.  Though my family couldn’t “relate”, they did empathize with the plight of their…