Fall 2018 Newsletter

It has been a difficult year for many in the world’s population.  War, famine, political unrest and natural disasters have produced the largest number of refugees since World War II.  Because of this, many people need help. As you are reading this newsletter, you are interested in helping.  The key question is how to choose …

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Summer 2018 Newsletter

Friday Harbor July 2018

Hello All, As I write this newsletter I am at the Rosario Resort Marina on Orcas Island. Orcas Island is the largest of the beautiful San Juan Islands in the State of Washington. The San Juans are the best place in the world to see the endangered Orcas (Killer) Whales; because they live in the …

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Over50andOverseas Newsletter – April 2018 – International Volunteering and Voluntourism

Volunteering in Bangladesh

Hello All! it is the time of year when many of us are planning our future travel and international voluntourism and volunteering projects. A well researched international volunteer or voluntourism trip can be a very fulfilling experience.  For me, the greatest satisfaction has been the friends I have made.  Also, it is exciting and rewarding …

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Voluntourism – June 2017 Newsletter


The term “voluntourism” has been used over the past few years to define travel that combines sightseeing with some volunteering.  This issue of the newsletter discusses voluntourism and includes articles by travelers who have participated in voluntourism programs.  Read more here.    

Bowing Out Gracefully

I know that my ego often gets aligned with my work, because it has been my focus for many years.  In March of this year I really wasn’t feeling well.  My body was telling me something but I wasn’t listening.  My son who was calling me every so often said, “Dad, every time I call …

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand Joins Forces with Global Voluntourism Agencies

With the intention of promoting volunteer tourism in this fascinating country, Tourism Authority of Thailand has joined forces with a number of voluntourism agencies to raise awareness of the many exciting and rewarding opportunities that Thailand has to offer. TAT’s commitment to promoting voluntourism is certainly no gimmick with a view to merely boosting the …

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International Handicrafts

Handicrafts are a very important part of a developing country’s economy.  Aside from their economic impact they also hone the skills and talents of the artisans while preserving unique ancestral and cultural crafts.  The cottage industries built around handicrafts are particularly important to women.  I first noticed this while serving with the Peace Corps in Guatemala.

Gullible Travels: Bethe Dufresne

Bethe Dufresne is a journalist who lives in Connecticut.  She traveled to Nairobi, Kenya in 2009 to cover the debut of the first free school for girls in the notorious Kibera slum; the largest slum in East Africa.  The many visits that Bethe made to Kibera,  and the current popularity of “poverty tourism”, prompted her …

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