Landy + Sunset = Perfect Road Trip

Who Doesn’t Love a Road Trip?

Driving through a hot and humid Durban, what started off as a meaningless conversation about what we wanted to do in our own lives led to a series of questions;

“What if someone wanted to spend their vacation doing good, not just lying on a beach?” “And if they wanted to see more of a country than being limited to one place while volunteering?” “How about if they were able to spend their free time doing awesome activities?” “Or getting involved in the communities?”

Global Handprints’ Volunteer Road Trips were born. I mean, who doesn’t love a road trip? And what better way to improve an old classic but to add volunteering in to the mix. Continue reading

Children in Uganda playing parachute games introduced to them by international volunteers.

7 Tips For Volunteering Abroad

Volunteering abroad can be a daunting process, from choosing where to go and what organisation to go with right up to knowing how long to stay. There are varied opinions on all aspects of volunteering with endless articles dedicated solely to pros and cons of the ‘industry’.

Rough Guides have put together these tips and we think they are a great starting point for anyone broaching the experience.

Each of their points are ones we strongly believe are crucial to choosing the right placement; one that benefits you as a volunteer as well as the project and community.

3. Ask the right questions; once you have found an organisation you trust, it’s time to dig a little deeper.

We aim to answer all your questions on our website but should you still need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Click here to see all of the Rough Guide tips.

The rise of the ‘Voluntourism’ package

“Today, people around the world are looking for ways to make their travel and holidays more meaningful. Gone are the days where people want to return home with a suntan, local crafts and the need to up their exercise regime to burn off the results of an all-inclusive resort.

We want to return home knowing we have seen and experienced somewhere new to us, to it’s fullest extent; that we have infiltrated somewhere as more than a tourist and also left our mark on a little piece of the world.”

To read more, click here to go to the original article written by our Director, Lottie Reeves for Above and Beyond’s travel blog.