There are many ways to engage with the world around us, and to give back, but sometimes it feels like a daunting task: Am I giving to a reputable organisation? How am I going to make a difference with my donation? I have some time to volunteer but not so much.. Here are a few helpful links to help us Travel Good:
Read about Pack for A Purpose here: They came up with the smart idea of connecting travellers with places at their destinations that will accept donated clothes & goods for children.
This article Voluntourism 101: Tips for Giving Back is a good start on what to think about when choosing how to volunteer and where.
This slideshow has lots of ideas linking destinations to volunteering opportunities.
Otherwise, these are some of my favourites organisations for the quality of their work and the way they are run:
Room to Read: it was started by an ex-senior executive at Microsoft who had a revelation while trekking in Nepal. He realised that his (life)time was going to be much better spent filling libraries with books in Nepal. Room to Read operates in many countries today, it prides itself with an extremely efficient structure, and has added outstanding Girls Education programs, together with building schools around the world.
Médecins Sans Frontières: if you have the urge to give but don’t know who to give to, this is a worldwide reference.
And at home, we have all enjoyed watching this powerful documentary titled On the Way to School . It follows 4 children around the globe who make their ways everyday to their local school: alone by horse in the depth of Patagonia, avoiding wildlife in Kenya, hitchhiking through the Moroccan Atlas and walking miles in India. It’s eye opening and a good ground to discuss compassion towards those less fortunate.
If you have suggestions, links to articles, Travel Good experiences that you’d like to share, I’d love to hear them all.