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Toil (I/II)

I got a little whimsical and did a little photo search for what I was up to Thanksgiving weeks' past according to my hard-drive. Ran into a couple of pictures from Ghana I had never posted. Gave me the feels, so I thought it worth the share.

Both are from an early morning (as apparent, everyone going to work) in this tiny fishing village named Torkor I lived in for the the later few months of the stay. It honestly feels like some separate life ago, and it's amazing how our tales fade to the edges.

But hey, that's what pictures are for. :)

November 27 is is #GivingTuesday!!
Here at Viv, we're all about giving back--in fact, we recently came home from a #voluntourism trip with LONG WAY HOME to help families in Guatemala! Click the #linkinourbio to #learnmore about that!

Giving Tuesday is YOUR CHANCE to #giveback and help families in Guatemala as well! So stay tuned in the coming days as we share more about how YOU can join us in supporting this amazing organization, next week!

“However hot the sun, it will never dry the sea.” - African Proverb #itsdeeperthantravel

Bedouin bread,farm breakfast ,Amazing experience in Nuweiba Desert
#foodforchange #Agritourism #fairtrade #Bedouin #voluntourism #Nature #Nutrition @alphaomegayoga #habibacommunity

@madengym gave our travelers the chance (and choice) to get in a morning workout! Staying active while traveling is essential, especially when eating the delicious food Ghana had to offer! #itsdeeperthantravel

Day 2 of our Women's Empowerment fundraiser! Please donate today! PayPal: justin@goatvolunteers or direct through PayPal.Me/goatvolunteers⠀
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The women's empowerment (handicrafts) project supports women who are single mothers, disabled, or victims of domestic abuse. The money we raise will help them acquire the equipment they need to continue pursuing financial independence through the handmade crafts they create and sell (as seen here) at the tourist market in Kathmandu.⠀
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If you're​ interested in making the world a better place, travel, adventure, humanitarianism, and conservation:⠀⠀
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#GOATvolunteers #GridlessLife #AdventureTravel #volunteering #voluntourism #volunteeringisfun #volunteers #travelwithpurpose #responsibletravel #sustainabletourism⠀⠀
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#handicrafts #handmades #craftwork

What’s your ultimate passion?

Great, now ➡️ Get amongst it - go all in - brand yourself - give value - have patience - trust the process - gets results ✔️ If you’d love help to find our calling & then what to do with it - give me a 🛎

A super cool iamthevoluntourist user just left a great review of a volunteer project she did with @care2travel_romania in Romania.

She worked with their animal care program and helped stray dogs get ready for adoption.

As an animal lover I'm all about responsible volunteering opps like this so please check out her review.
The link is in my bio.

And when she wasn't volunteering at the animal shelter, she took in the sights like the Peles Castle.

I'm kinda dying to go to Romania now!

Photo by: care2travel volunteer Jared Richard
#volunteer #voluntourism #volunteerism #responsiblevolunteer #ethicalvolunteering #travelgram #compassion #kindness #karma #igdaily #igers #igtravel #instatravel #instapassport #instagood #instalove #instainspire #photooftheday #picoftheday #romania #animalwelfare #animalrights #animallover #adoptdontshop #instadog #dogslife #rescue #travelstoke #travel #wanderfolk

Nayanika & Ankita's Organic Farming Adventure #4
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I feel glad when I can glimpse similarities between nature and the human body. When the branches of a tree remind me of the network of blood vessels throughout our body, the bronchi in our lungs or when the orchid's open petals remind me of the lips between a woman's legs. In fact, the more time you spend in nature, the more you come across these similarities and the more you're shaken out of the mistaken notion of somehow being separate from it. You realise that you are as much the child of natural, organic processes as is a mango tree or a lotus floating on water. In places where we hide nature away, people are farther away from this simple knowledge. We start feeling separated and superior to it. We identify more with the things we are surrounded by instead, things created by man and ascribed a new kind of value. Buildings, vehicles, gadgets, commodities. With identification, they also become the new measure of worth. But, people surrounded by nature are constantly reminded of their arboreal origins. They cannot escape it. They know that they are the people of trees and bushes, sticky moss and damp mud. Our food grows in the mud, is nourished by excreta and helped by creepy-crawlies. We're not so different, we're just another beautiful living thing in the ecosystem.
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It’s here. Welcome to our first ever book, now live on @ifundwomen. We’re putting together a collection of stories, essays, and photos that get to the heart of what it means to travel ethically.

Last night was apparently a wildly auspicious night and we passed so many weddings in Jaipur - here are just two, both with the Marwari horses on parade (and for the groom to ride in on) and with these amazing lights in shopping trolleys.
On our tour around the Fort today, our guide invited us to his brother’s wedding tomorrow night - absolutely no problem to bring new guests apparently because there will be 50-100 in the afternoon and 1,000+ coming to dinner! Our jaws collectively clanged along the floor.

Sadly, I can’t go to the wedding as I won’t be in Jaipur, but very happily it means I will be back in St Reatham, and soon able to hug Harry and Ambridge and tell them all about my adventures. And what adventures! I’ve never thought I was a very adventurous person in terms of travel, or in case I wouldn’t do it “right” or whatever, but I got to see some truly amazing country and places, and meet the best people: both in the villagers we met and the people who said hello, and in the members of my group: @k.a.t.y.h.o.o.d @np_burgess2018 @allieedwards__ @wesleyjbrown, Carol, Julie, Ranveer, and of course @reliefriders, who made the riding trip of a lifetime into one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. Now it’s time to get the plane home, and stare fondly at all my pictures of The Incredible Cow - thank you for joining me on my amazing Relief Riders Pushkar Ride through Rajasthan! 🐎
#theurbanequestriandoesindia #reliefriders #reliefridersinternational #pushkarride #indianwedding #wedding #pinkcity #pink #jaipur #rajasthan #india #coloursofindia #marwari #marwarihorse #coloursofrajasthan #tripofalifetime #adventures #humanitarian #voluntourism

We were so grateful to have @pujanswami come visit us this past week. He was great with our students!

#blessings #voluntourism #nicaragua #school #charity #nonprofit #children #social #responsibility #donate #masaya #hopebilingualacademy

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🌟 Esta última semana hemos hecho dos talleres más. 🌟 ༺—————————————————————༻
💫 Nos hemos reencontrado con Shanti y Sushil para realizar dos charlas más. ༺—————————————————————༻
1️⃣ En una de ellas nos reunimos con los representantes del @lionsclubs de Lakeside Pokhara🦁🇳🇵 ༺—————————————————————༻
Nos apoyaron muchísimo, y estuvieron muy interesados en hacer algo para esta situación que actualmente existe en Nepal. ༺—————————————————————༻
De entrada, nos recibieron con grandes pancartas de apoyo, y terminaron por emocionarse y aceptando que aún hay mucho por hacer en este campo y que es algo en lo que hay que trabajar.💪 ༺—————————————————————༻
2️⃣ El otro taller lo hicimos de nuevo en Pokhara, en @or2k.restaurant , cuyo dueño nos prestó una sala con proyector para poder hacer el taller 🗣 ༺—————————————————————༻
🌈 Fue una experiencia maravillosa, y la gente que asistió eran, en mayoría, gente de todo el mundo que estaba en Nepal de paso 🗺 ༺—————————————————————༻
Nos reunimos gente de distintas nacionalidades: Rusia, Nueva Zelanda, Alemania, Países Bajos, Francia, España, Israel, Estados Unidos, ¡entre muchos otros! 🌍 ༺—————————————————————༻
🤩 Fue tan maravillosa la reunión de toda esa gente que, poco importaba de dónde vinieran, todas ellas escucharon con mucha emoción y respondieron con el corazón. 😍 ༺—————————————————————༻
Tuvimos mucho feedback y fue el taller que más horas duró, por la curiosidad de la gente y el ambiente tan agradable que se creó en torno a Shanti, Sushil y el proyecto Meeting Sushil. 💚
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No podemos estar más agradecidos y no podemos sentirnos más dichosos 💫
Dhanyabaad 🙏

#Meetingsushil #meetingsushildocumentary#nepal #humanrights #humans #children#childrens #voluntariado #volunteer#volunteers #volunteering#volunteersneeded #disabilityrights#disability #life #nepal_love #love #nepaltrip#nepalgram #instagood #volunteerlife #volunteerwork#voluntad #human #voluntourism#realvolunteering #Human #together #wanderlust #workinprogress #sohappy

MRTM DEEPAVALI
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Majlis Rumah Terbuka Malaysia (MRTM) Deepavali 2018 will be held at Kompleks Sukan Pandamaran, Klang, Selangor on 25th November 2018 (Sunday) | 10.00 am- 11.30 pm

Interesting Activities: “Mesra Rakyat” Activities
• Food Truck Fiesta • “Rakyat” Sales
• Mobile Counter Services (Mobile Ctc) From
Various Agencies
• Performances By Popular Artists
• Deepavali Idol 2018
• Variety Of Local & Traditional Delicacies
• Kids Colouring Contest And Many More
• Cultural Shows
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EVERYONE IS INVITED!

#mrtmdeepavali2018 #voluntourism #malaysiabersihdanindah
#salesbooth #pknspandamaran #shaz #shaztaa #deepavali2018
#indianmua #indianjewelery #garagesale #malaysiamua #malaysiaindian

MRTM DEEPAVALI
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Majlis Rumah Terbuka Malaysia (MRTM) Deepavali 2018 will be held at Kompleks Sukan Pandamaran, Klang, Selangor on 25th November 2018 (Sunday) | 10.00 am- 11.30 pm

Interesting Activities: “Mesra Rakyat” Activities
• Food Truck Fiesta • “Rakyat” Sales
• Mobile Counter Services (Mobile Ctc) From
Various Agencies
• Performances By Popular Artists
• Deepavali Idol 2018
• Variety Of Local & Traditional Delicacies
• Kids Colouring Contest And Many More
• Cultural Shows
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EVERYONE IS INVITED!

#mrtmdeepavali2018 #voluntourism #malaysiabersihdanindah
#salesbooth #pknspandamaran #shaz #shaztaa #deepavali2018
#indianmua #indianjewelery #garagesale #malaysiamua #malaysiaindian

The world is waking up to the problem of #orphanage #volunteering.
#Volunteer #tourism, or #voluntourism, is an emerging trend of travel linked to “doing good”. For the most part, voluntourists are well-intended people who travel overseas to “do good” and to spend their vacations helping others. But we need to be absolutely clear: volunteering in children’s institutions is a bad idea. When it comes to volunteering in orphanages and other children’s institutions, volunteers risk unwittingly harming rather than helping children.

What many volunteers do not know is that the majority of the 8 million or more children who are housed in orphanages and similar institutions around the world today, are not orphans at all. Most are separated from their families because of #poverty, #disability or #discrimination.

As long-standing members of the cross-sector global coalition, @rethinkorphanages , @hopeandhomesforchildren is adding its voice to a new campaign launched to coincide with #internationalchildrensday : #theloveyougive #ChangeVolunteering aims to raise awareness among young people about the negative effects of international volunteering in children’s institutions. .
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#orphanagetourism #orphanagevoluntourism @bettercarenetwork @rethinkorphanages #ChangeVolunteering #TheLoveYouGive

Dear Cambodia: You were so special for so many reasons. And because of that I vow to come back one day.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure we would make it. I broke my foot the week before we were meant to go and as a result we had to reroute through Manila so I could see an orthopaedic and get my fancy boot. That meant we had to cut our time in Siem Reap in half, which meant we only got to see some of Angor Wat. We still did the main two things we came for: see Angor Wat and volunteer, but given more time I would have gotten the three day pass to Angor Wat rather than only one — and if I were more mobile I would have taken the kids to see it (I still regret that they didn’t get to see it but leaving them with a sitter seemed way smarter than getting them up at 445am to see it.). One of my friends @kellyisnotlost (as in IRL not just Insta) has been on an epic around the world trip this year and she has been serious inspo for me. Taking a page from her incredible journey, where she shares highs and lows about her travel, I’m going to share our high/low for Cambodia.
LOW: Obviously not getting to see more of Angor Wat, but mostly because for this sunrise and sunset obsessed girl, the day we went to see the sunrise it was cloudy. I would have dragged myself (and others ha!) back there for three days straight to see it if that’s what it took, but alas we could only go one day due to logistics and only having a few days in Siem Reap.
HIGH: The fact that I even got to see such an incredible site was such a gift, thanks to an incredible tour company I found who brought me a wheelchair and wheeled me from the van (which got to drive closer than anyone else given my state) and wheeled me to the front for perfect viewing. And of course our first time volunteering as a family of five was one of the highlights of our entire year, which will forever be one of our fondest memories about Siem Reap. 🙏🏻 .
Thank you, Cambodia, for your incredible hospitality, your amazing food, your beautiful traditional music and dance, your breathtaking and awe-inspiring temples, for being so accommodating and for welcoming us with open arms. Next stop Laos! 🇰🇭 🔜🇱🇦

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