Winter Holidays Around the World

This time of year, when everyone greets each other with a cheery “Happy Holidays!” it’s typically understood that they mean Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Perhaps even Happy Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, if you’re taking a liberal interpretation of the phrase. But many of us don’t think about the many other traditional and meaningful holidays […]

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The Best 50 Volunteer Blogs from Around the World

Abandoning the comforts of home to volunteer possibly far across the globe is a life-changing experience. The exposure to taxing sights and conditions along with the culture shock of encountering new food, new people and new places can be exhilarating and overwhelming at the same time. Authored by volunteers, the following fifty blogs chronicle the […]

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Katie Arango posted in: Social Impact
Debunking myths about an Argentinian tradition: Mate

If you’ve ever spent any time in Argentina, you are most definitely aware of the mysterious, ever-present, drinkable force known as mate. More than just a loose tea infusion consumed from a hollow gourd and metal straw, mate is a social construct with its own set of rites and accepted behaviors, meant to be enjoyed […]

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Katie Arango posted in: Buenos Aires, Culture
8 Ways to Practice Responsible Tourism in Cape Town

Gone are the days of being fooled into buying things we don’t need! In the age of information, consumers are smarter than ever before. Not only are they smarter about their own needs but an increasing social and environmental awareness means that people are interested in the overall impact of their behavior. This influences the […]

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Eimear Costigan posted in: Cape Town, Social Impact
Top 10 Grossest Foods in the World

The one single best piece of travel wisdom out there is probably “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.“  But what if these particular Romans are dining on foods made of bugs, blood or questionable animal parts? Note: If you are especially squeamish, you might not want to read on.  Here’s a countdown of […]

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Katie Arango posted in: Culture