A Note about Voluntourism

One of the things I always try to be mindful of when I travel (especially when I am traveling to do volunteer work/humanitarian aid work) is that I am cautious of activities that might push me into the realm of Voluntourism. When I give lectures about the work I do (hoping to inspire the next […]

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At a Glance: Haiti

Haiti was an amazing experience. I traveled there with an amazing group called Volunteers for Peace. In the three weeks I was there I was able to participate in cultural immersion activities as well as work on a clean water project. While living conditions were very modest, the hosts we stayed with welcomed us into our […]

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La Vallée, Haiti: Weeks 2 and 3, January 2015

I was happy when I headed for LaVallee, a small community in the mountains about 4 hours from the capital. LaVallee was like a little slice of paradise to me. The temperature was a lot cooler and the people were warm, welcoming, and treated you like family. There were always children around, which always warmed […]

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Week 1, December 2014

My birthday is always a hard one to plan around. Most of my friends are gone on Christmas Eve to be with their families for the holidays. This year I wanted to do something special, as it was my 21st birthday. Not being a party person, Vegas was out of the question. I decided I would […]

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At a Glance: Cambodia

Cambodia was the very first country I traveled to. I always knew that I wanted to travel the world, but what I didn’t know was that I would dive head-first into the world of humanitarian work and travel to developing nations. When most people think about the first country they want to visit, Europe typically […]

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Siem Reap, Cambodia: Week 1 and 2, July 2013

I always knew I wanted to be an explorer when I grew up, that I wanted to travel the world – I just didn’t know how to start. My very first week of college I took the first step in what would become a lifelong journey for me. After a presentation made by past volunteers, […]

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Back, but Not Home

I returned to the United States on the first day of July, but I feel like I left behind my entire life in Greece. It is a strange feeling, and after almost a week of being back, the strangeness continues to linger. Honestly, this is a very hard post to write – every time I […]

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Island Road Trip, Part II – Lesbos, Greece

On a much-needed day off last week, I set off with three companions on another island road trip. Once again I feel the need to mention that if you are going on holiday this year, Lesbos is the place to go. It has a beauty like no other place in the world! On this particular […]

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More Cats, More Time – Molyvos, Lesbos, Greece

I know, I know, it has been a while since my last post, but I think it is safe to say that I am officially running on Greek Time here, and that will not be changing anytime soon. Today was the day I was scheduled to return home (in a few hours in fact), but […]

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More Than a Number – Molyvos, Lesbos, Greece

Once again, I have fallen a bit behind in writing and posting updates about my time here on Lesbos. So much has happened in the last few weeks that have kept me busy – and exhausted – so I haven’t had much time to write. But I felt I needed to take the time to […]

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