Sending Rwandan Kids to their National Parks

By: Heather

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Gorillas, monkeys, zebras, elephants and lions are just a few of the reasons why Rwanda draws big numbers when it comes to tourists. Foreigners flock to Rwanda to explore and enjoy the beauty and diversity found around the country. We have been lucky enough to see quite a bit of Rwanda, but as we traveled throughout we learned that most locals have never visited their own parks.

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WAG – Rwanda’s Foster Shelter for Dogs

By: Heather

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Did you know Kigali, Rwanda has a dog rescue organization? It’s called WAG, and they’re changing the lives of abandoned/street puppies and local animal lovers throughout Kigali and abroad. We first learned of this organization in the winter of 2014 and added it to our must-visit locations in Rwanda.

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Volunteer Tanzania by Morgan Longland

Why did you choose to volunteer abroad?

The idea to volunteer abroad had never really crossed my mind until I took my first international trip to Thailand and Vietnam. I spent two weeks traveling around Asia and was heartbroken by the extreme poverty I saw on a daily basis. Yea, we hear about stuff like this all of the time, but it never truly hits you until it is right in front of your face. Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse, it always did and from that point on it was something that never left my mind. I knew then that I definitely wanted to look into volunteering abroad; the question was where exactly I wanted to go.

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Volunteer Jamaica by Michelle and Jedd

Jedd and Michelle are originally from Hawaii and Oregon, respectively. They got married in 2008 and have been traveling together ever since. Recently they returned from a stint in the Peace Corps. They are currently finding unconventional ways to support themselves as “digital nomads” long-term. They are constantly active – running, hiking, biking, surfing – and treasure time with their family and friends.

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Volunteer Abroad by Kathryn and Mike Pisco

Kathryn Pisco is a social entrepreneur from Chicago with a passion for travel and giving back.  She grew up in Columbus, Ohio and attended Cornell University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications and Business.  After years of working in sales for large corporations, she took a career break with her husband and traveled the world doing a mix of personal travel and volunteer work.  She returned from the trip inspired to create her own social venture –Unearth the World– that focuses on service learning and responsibly pairing volunteers with international nonprofits.

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Volunteer Tanzania by Andrea Taylor

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Andrea Taylor is a recent college graduate from Missouri State University. Andrea grew up in low to middle class single parent home in Joplin, Missouri. As a teenager she was frustrated with her family’s financial struggles wishing she had what others had. Once she reached college she started to realize what truly matters is how one is on the inside not what type of things he/she may own. Doing good became more important than thinking about what “good” things other people may have. Before she graduated she spent her senior year winter break volunteering with two girlfriends in Tanzania. The time she spent volunteering solidified her new outlook and changed her life in wonderful ways.

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