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Should You and Your Kids Go Voluntouring?

Many years ago, out-of-town vacations were deemed as a luxury that only the wealthy could afford. Nowadays, however, thanks to technological advancements and improvements in airline policies and safety, it’s not uncommon to find people taking regular trips out of town, flying to foreign countries, and enjoying their stay in sun-kissed beaches and pristine mountain villas. These vacations, although...

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A Volunteer Reading Road Trip at Beaches Turks and Caicos

Once upon a time, the questions my children asked during our family travels were easy.  Are we there yet? How long are we staying? Will there be other kids to play with? These questions were sometimes monotonous, but the answers didn’t require much thought or effort on my part.I recently had the chance to travel with my teenage daughter, Madeleine.  She just completed her first...

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Guide to Hosting an Exchange Student

Hosting a foregn student is the best way to learn about new cultures without leaving home.  Each year, nearly 30,000 high school students come to the United States to experience life as an American teen. Across the country, families just like yours open their hearts and their homes to serve as hosts to these young global visitors.  According to many families, hosting not only gives them an opportunity...

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Discover St. Eustatius as a Volunteer Archeologist

For a budget family adventure made for those with a love for cultural history, look into the volunteer excavation program at the St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research (S.E.C.A.R).  The tiny Caribbean island of St. Eustatius ("Statia" to the locals) appeals to the adventurous traveler looking for a quiet, peaceful place, with miles of...

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Why a Boston Marathon Victim is So Important to Our Business

On April 19, 2013, I did something I've never done before -- I used our company's email list of more than 75,000 family travelers to send out a plea for help for one of the Boston Bombing victims.  A former FTF intern, Julie Callahan, wrote us to say that her cousin had lost his leg in the terror attack of April 15th, and that he, his wife and their 5-year-old needed help from...

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Action and Social Media Support Entrepreneurs Aiding Indian Women

When Nicki and Kria heard there were more than 40 million widows in India -- 10% of the country's female population -- they had to act. The report from Radio Netherlands said that for the majority of these women, "life could be described as a living sati, a reference to the now outlawed...

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Families Hike & Volunteer with Trekking for Kids; Treks from $1650

Cindy Steuart, Executive Director of Trekking for Kids, told us about her organization's unusual service programs at a recent Family Travel panel at the New York Times Travel Show.  We asked her to share more details of their upcoming "volunturism" trips so that active families with fit teens could consider this type...

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Windsurf And Kite Board Family Vacations In Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

I am on my way to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, land of travel fantasies, windsuring and kite boarding vacations for hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.  It's 38ºF and raining but on the JetBlue jetway in front of me a guy is joking, "70 and cloudy, why are we going to DR anyway?"  Behind me four homies are putting away their Beats headsets...

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My Trip to Haiti

The first time I went to Haiti I was 16 years old. I traveled down with a church group, and taught an English Camp during the summer for two weeks. Ever since, I've loved the country and the people. I returned to Haiti last summer, when I was 18, a year after the earthquake that devastated a nation. Again, I taught the summer camp and helped take care of children staying in the orphanage run by...

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Water[melon] for Elephants

The rough, wrinkly trunk wraps itself around the hunk of squash I hold in my outstretched hand...then promptly tosses it away, reaching out again expectantly for another snack. "She's a naughty girl!" says our guide, Bee, with an exasperated grin. "You have to show her that there's nothing else left." Together, we hoist the tub into the air for Mintra's inspection. After her wet,...

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