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Addictive Smartphone Game Donates Bikes to Africa

Put your smart phone gaming obsession to good use and check out Sidekick Cycle, a new game released by The Global Gaming Initiative. This charity has evolved with the times and made a truly fun and...
Volunteers Planting Trees

The Benefits and Freedom of Travelling Alone

The thought of setting off alone with just a backpack as your companion may seem daunting. Heading off into the great unknown is both exhilarating and nerve-racking; especially if it’s the first time you...
Boob Sled

Man to Drag “Boob Sled” Across Antarctica

Geoff Wilson pulls "Boob sled" © 5th Element Expeditions You know that feeling you get when you step out of the grocery store or shopping mall and can't remember where you parked your car? You stare...
Volunteer camp in Hustai Park, Mongolia

Voluntourism: Is It Hip or Hype?

With some research, due diligence, and attention to a community’s actual needs, you can put your humanitarian efforts to many good uses around the world.
Unite for Sight - Volunteer Abroad

The Top Volunteer Travel Organisations

You’ve partied in Goa, lounged on a beach in Belize, shopped in Morocco, and each time noticed the huge disparity of wealth, opportunity and basic services between the plush resorts and the majority of the...
Sea Turtle

A Brief Guide to Volunteer Wildlife Projects Abroad

Wildlife conservation has always been at the very heart of voluntary projects abroad. Although it is by no means the only option available to the selfless backpacker these days - with opportunities ranging...
Children Awaiting SCAW Bedkit Distribution, India

Our Final Bedkit Distribution in Yellapur, India

Our eighth and final distribution was located approximately two hours south of Hubli in a town called Yellapur. It is known for its two beautiful and natural waterfalls - Magod falls and Satoddi falls. The...
1,000 kids lined up to receive a bedkit in Belgaum, India

The Ladies of Belgaum, India

Our largest distribution took place in the city of Belgaum, population of approximately one million people. We handed out 1,000 bedkits that day and believe me, it wasn’t easy organizing 1,000 children and...
Tamara Kaftalovich and Veena Benti at SCAW Distribution Site

The Young Humanitarian of Harugari

Our third distribution was in a town called Harugari, approximately three hours from Belgaum, where we distributed 150 bedkits. We had such a great time at that site. At one point, we had the kids running from...
Neighborhood 20 Minutes Outside of Belgaum, India

A 360 Degree Moment in Rural India

Our two days of touring are officially over. We took a flight from Mumbai to Hubli and then drove to Belgaum, our home base for the next five days as we drive in and out of some of the most rural parts of...
Amin (our tour guide) squatting next to the two bags of stuff we brought to the orphanage

Little Moments in Mumbai

Our second day with our tour guide Amin was even more special than the first. As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, before I left Toronto I sent an email to friends, family and co-workers asking them for...
Banganga Tank (holy water) in Mumbai, India

Touring the Contrast City of Mumbai, India

I’ve been to many countries around the world, but nothing could prepare me for the contrast that I was about to see in Mumbai. I say contrast because of the two extremes — tall modern sky scrapers, BMWs...