Monday, February 27, 2012

5 Steps to an Alternative Spring Break

Regardless of whether you’re a high school student, a university undergraduate or a family, planning an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is the perfect opportunity to escape from the predictable trap of the all-inclusive vacation. 

If you want a spring break that’s far from pedestrian, here’s how you can organize your own ASB:

1. Choose your own adventure: The brilliant thing about ASBs is that unlike all-inclusive vacations at cookie-cutter resorts, you can plan a completely unique and unforgettable week-long experience. Regardless of whether you’re coming from a high school, a university faculty or a community sports league, there are countless options available. Read more on the Verge Magazine website»

Thursday, February 23, 2012

How to Travel in Canada with Your Dog

When our Boston Terrier, Brockton, first joined our little family, I had just one nagging concern about dog ownership: how can I travel and own a dog? Gone, it seemed, were the carefree month-long trips  to foreign locales.

But as it turns out, there was a simple solution to a simple problem; sometimes I'd just have to bring the pup with me. Last summer, Brock made the first of what will likely be many journeys throughout his lifetime across the country.

Here's what I learned about travelling across Canada with a dog:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Changing Landscape

Six years after the fact, there’s no shame in admitting that when I decided to volunteer overseas, I had no clue what I wanted to do. Destination was little more than a passing thought (when I was eventually placed in Vanuatu, I had to look it up on a map) and I didn’t really care what I’d be doing. (Building stuff? Sure, that sounded like a good idea.)

Without a background in international development, concepts related to sustainable development were foreign to me. I was your typical idealistic undergraduate student— just like the estimated 1.6 million people who volunteer overseas every year, I just wanted to help.

In fact, I only had one “must” on my list when it came to finding a volunteer-sending organization—it had to be a registered charity. I wanted to know exactly where my money was going and ensure that it wasn’t lining someone’s pocket. (It’s hard enough to wrap your mind around the concept of paying to volunteer—for me, it was even harder to swallow the idea of someone profiting from my hard-fundraised dollars.)

Six years later, I’m not sure that my criteria today would remain the same—or even if I would have the same options available to me. Continue reading on the Verge Magazine website →

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