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Mission Holidays Blog Serves Increasing Number of Volunteer Vacations

Media Only. August 31, 2010. An increase in the number of community service trips and charitable vacations undertaken by young travelers prompts FTF to launch a blog on the topic.Every year, Family Travel Forum (FTF) hosts a teen travel writing scholarship asking young travelers to blog about their most imporant vacation experiences. Follow up surveys and data analyses indicate that community...

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Immersion into the Mountains of Antigua, Guatemala

As I continue my pursuit toward a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, I often find myself tempted to try and pinpoint the source of my desire to help others in times of psychological crisis. While there is surely more than one defining moment that influenced my professional trajectory, one that most often comes to mind is an encounter I had while volunteering at a rural health clinic in Antigua,...

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Medicine, Philanthropy, Perseverance, and Beauty

Traveling is exciting, regardless of where you're destined.  And doing it solo is even better.  Lost in the clouds, disconnected from the mayhem on the ground, unable to retrieve and send emails, with no possibility of being located, flying is an escape.  Your own thoughts become louder, your worries lightened, your emotions escalated.  Your view-...

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Authentic Chai With You

I have found nothing quite like the richness of the gravy-air in the land of spices. You could blindfold me and put me on an India-bound airplane without telling me where on earth I was going, and once the aircraft’s door opened and the thick spicy air filled my nostrils, I would be able to tell you instantly, “I am in India”. On my second trip to that diamond-shaped subcontinent, I gladly...

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Iterations of Equality

Parvati stood out from all the other women in her village. She could read and write. She was confident and charismatic. She looked men in the eyes when she spoke to them. She spoke to them. And when she spoke to women, they listened.

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This Is Thailand

Ever dreamed that you could just take a year off work and travel the world? Ever wish that your passport were filled with stamps from far and distant lands? I know that this was always a dream of mine. And in 2009, my dream became a reality.I was headed on The World Race with the organization Adventures In Missions.

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Exploring a new continent in exchange for helping some fragile infants and toddlers

In the summer of 2007 I was offered the opportunity to go to Xian, China and volunteer at a foster home that takes care of infants and toddlers who are approximately 4 years old and younger, as well as having life threatening medical problems such as spina...

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Star-Trekking: John Travolta Flies Doctors and Medical Supplies to Haiti

On Monday, January 25th, in continuing efforts to send aid to Haiti, a nighttime flight piloted by John Travolta took off from Tampa, Florida carrying 50 doctors and over 7,000 pounds of medical supplies. According to the Embassy of Haiti and the Greater Washington Haiti Relief Committee, on the return trip, Travolta brought Haitian-Americans home to the United States to reunite them...

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Volunteer With Earthwatch

Families traveling and working together during their vacation can actively begin to solve the world's problems."Whale breath," said Dr. Ken Balcomb. "God, I love it." The cloud of mist definitely had an oily feel and a fishy smell to it. Alongside the rugged little workboat, three killer whales made chuffing noises as they blasted us with warm, salty breath and prepared to dive again....

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Going My Way? Finding The Perfect Teen Tour

Considering your teens' summer plans? Read an expert's opinion on the most efficient way to research and make the right choice.There is probably no more challenging decision-making process for a parent than trying to help (or stay clear of) a teenager in the midst of making summer plans! Camp counselor? Real job? Au pair on Nantucket? How about world travel?  How about Israel?

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