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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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Trends Report – Today’s Teens Are Into Africa And Volunteering

Media Only. December 14, 2009. FTFc's study of 5,700 travel blogs finds volunteer vacations up 20%, travel to Africa-Middle East up 48%, family roadtrips up 7%. Media Only. December 14, 2009. FTFc's study of 5,700 travel blogs finds volunteer vacations up 20%, travel to Africa-Middle East up 48%, family roadtrips up 7%. Family Travel Forum Consulting...

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Family Touring In Mongolia, China

Far away from Starbucks, shopping malls, and luxury resorts lies a vast land untouched by time, where nomads travel by camel and live in felt tents.Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan” is titled after the great Mongolian leader Kublai Khan, who organized and ruled over China in the 13th century.  His grandfather, Genghis Khan, had conquered the territory...

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Selecting The Right Teen Tour

Here is a list of characteristics to look out for as you and your teen select a youth tour program.Departing for a group tour sans parents can be an exciting new experience for a teenager. Just because a trip is without parents, however, doesn't mean that it should be without guidelines or safety.Today's teens can pick from specialized sports camps, cultural immersions, community...

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My Summer in Panama/Mi Verano en Panama

As I reflect on the past summer '08 that I spent in Buena Vista, Panama, I can truly say that it was the best two months of my life. I was a volunteer with a youth service organization called Amigos de las Americas, a non-profit that works on sustainable development in Central and South America, while promoting multi-cultural...

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