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Volunteering During The Happy Nomad Tour

Volunteering forms the basis for the traveling I do on The Happy Nomad Tour. Below are the volunteering experiences I’ve had so far.

Volunteering With AMURT At The Pundag, India Railway Station

July 9, 2013

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As I mentioned in my previous post about the Indian ashram I stayed at, it’s very rural and remote. The local train station, for example, has no drinking water facility. In almost every other Indian train station you can find huge water fountains with four sides and capacity to serve several water drinkers at a […]

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Volunteering At An Ex-Tibetan Political Prisoner Camp

March 6, 2013

Lobsang And I

I was walking down the street on my first full day in Mcleaodganj/Dharamsala when I stumbled upon this sign. It would have been easy to miss, but I was in tune with my beautiful surroundings in this amazing place. It was about noon, so I got something to eat and hung out in the cafe […]

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Lalitha – Transforming Delhi’s Red Light District Youth

February 27, 2013

The Amazing Lalitha

A friend of mine in Delhi sent me an article about Lalitha and I had to get in touch and find out more about what she’s doing.  What I discovered was amazing. I first met with Lalitha in a coffee shop to find out more about her. I think she also wanted to meet me […]

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Volunteering At A Mother Teresa Home For Sick Children In Davao, Philippines

December 3, 2012

Holding RJ

You may be aware that Mother Teresa had a home for old people to die in comfortably and with dignity in Calcutta, India, as well as a home for sick and malnourished children. What you may not know is that these homes are all over the world – in 133 countries to be exact. When […]

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Visiting Kids With Cancer In The Hospital

November 26, 2012

Trying To Do A Hair Transplant

What is one of the benefits of couchsurfing with a girl whose mom is a nurse at a hospital? Well, upon telling her about The Crazy Hair Fundraiser she invites you to her hospital to brighten up the kids in the cancer ward. It’s hard to believe that I haven’t tried doing this yet. I […]

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Volunteering At Sunshine School In Veuntaen, Laos

October 1, 2012

Computer Class

Volunteering at Sunshine School in Veuntaen, Laos was truly a special experience. I really wanted to volunteer in Laos and I really wanted to experience the Southeast Asian countryside. I got to experience both here. The Sunshine School’s main presence is in the capital in Vientiane. But last year they opened a kindergarten in Veuntaen, […]

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Volunteering With Smile Group In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam And Visiting A Buddhist Orphanage/Nursing Home

August 21, 2012

Drawing With One Of The Kids

Smile Group is an organization started by Nguyen Van Hung to help children live in dignity with AIDS. More specifically, their mission statement is “to restore dignity and hope to children and families affected by AIDS, through financial, educational, moral and psychological support. We are committed to helping children and young adults have equal access to […]

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What Does “Helping People” Mean?

August 11, 2012

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This is a question I always have in the back of my mind and the answer has changed over time. Back as a naive nomad when first starting out on this trip, I thought any kind of volunteering was positive, any effort to alleviate poverty was good, and education was the key to breaking the […]

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Promoting Wigs For Kids In Cleveland – A True Labor Of Love

July 26, 2012

WCPN Interview

By the time I came home, I had already raised about $2000 for Wigs For Kids via the Crazy Hair Fundraiser, yet I’d never met anyone from Wigs For Kids face-to-face. It had all been by email. Wigs For Kids, assisted by the PR team at H/L Communications, did what they could to maximize the […]

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Jatun Nani – Breaking The Poverty Cycle In The City With Books

July 5, 2012

Mobile Library At The Construction Site

You may recall my article about spending a week in Yauya, a Peruvian village to small to show up in Google Maps, and the amazing work Consuelo Pasco has done to bring a library there and fill the schools with books. Reunion While in Lima, I was able to meet Consuelo under different circumstances. I […]

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Volunteering With Rayo de Sol – Selling Bread In The Streets Of Arequipa, Peru

June 6, 2012

Selling Bread In The Streets Of Arequipa

Volunteering at Rayo de Sol (Ray of Sunshine) in Arequipa was a wonderful experience. As I think about the future and what I’d like to do with my life post-Happy Nomad Tour, a lot of what Rayo de Sol is doing appeals to me. The Organization Started by a French woman, Rayo de Sol serves […]

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Volunteering At Jatun Nani – A Rural Library Project Close To Heaven

May 22, 2012

Inside The Library

As I mentioned in my post about Yauya, I ended up here thanks to a friend of mine from my MBA. But I had no idea what to expect other than being completely off the grid. What I found in Yauya stunned me and, in the words of the Indonesian Guru from Eat, Pray, Love, […]

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Volunteering At Fiore Peru – Teaching English And Teaching Myself How To Teach

May 7, 2012

My Class Of Youngsters

My volunteering opportunity in Casma was to teach introductory English to a class of kids between 11 and 15 years old, and give private lessons to a 15-year-old and 21-year-old who have a more advanced level. Man, it was hard! One of the passions I identified as part of The Happiness Plunge process was teaching. […]

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The Green Ecuadoran Coast – Fun, Semi-Volunteering, And Awesome People

April 7, 2012

Atacames - Seashells On The Beach

Sua is a city with only three letters and I’ll always associate it with a word that has three letters: fun. I went to Sua to spend time with Jennifer, the awesome Peace Corps Volunteer who went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure I had a good time in what she calls […]

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Volunteering With Fundacion Comeder de Altos de Menga

March 12, 2012

Alejandra's Big Heart In Action

While searching for a place to stay in Cali, Colombia, I contacted Alejandra to see if I could couchsurf with her for a few nights.  By the time she replied, someone else already agreed to host me. When I told her this, she said it was too bad but nevertheless invited me to join her […]

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Volunteering At Angeles de Medellin in Medellin, Colombia – The Children Are Our Future

February 2, 2012

Marcos And The Future

Before I came to Angeles de Medellin I was full of doubt and questions about what it really means to give and what it really means to help “the poor.” It’s still very unclear for me, but my experience here definitely gave me food for thought and showed me the hard work really required to […]

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Volunteering With A Budding Indigenous Tourism Group In Chichica, Panama

December 17, 2011

Happy Little Girl

To be honest, saying I volunteered here is a bit of a stretch. I was supposed to be here for a week, but in the end I was only here for 24 hours. Since I moved my trip from Panama to Colombia up a week, I lost the week I would have liked to spend […]

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