Posted by: sforshner | August 14, 2008

philanthropic travel

I was just informed about a new New England Aquarium blog that tracks the study right whales in the Bay of Fundy. The New England Aquarium’s right whale research program has been taking an expedition for 29 years and between August and September, they have been seeing dozens of right whales every day and they catalog all the animals and record their position to help prevent ship strikes, which are one of the main causes of fatality for this extremely endangered species,

If you are able to head up to the Bay of Fundy, experiencing a whale watch would not only be a great activity, it would be a way to support a good cause.

Also, have I ever mentioned that I love the Matador Network? Matt Scott recently wrote up the Ten Ways Travelers Can Change the World. He writes that through the flurry of buzz words: sustainable tourism, ecotourism, voluntourism, etc. that help locals benefit from travelers, it can be difficult to know that you are making a real impact.

I agree. In college I participated in Project Appalachia – that apparantly had a name change to The Appalachian Experience – at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. I spent time in Hazard, KY and Neon, KY– one week respectively – helping to build new homes for families. Being there for just a week, you either start a project and leave it unfinished or step in half way, and still leave it unfinished. It really does become difficult to just walk away, but you have to just come to terms with the fact that every effort counts. Matt goes on to list some compelling stories and examples on how one traveler can change the world.

Another great resource for travelers that want to give back is the Global Volunteer Network, something I would love to be able to afford one day. GVN offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects throughout the world through partner organizations in 21 countries. For everyone who expressed their desire to head to Peru, it looks like the GVN recently added a new program in Peru.

And I can’t end this post without siting another wonderful resource – Idealist.org. I interned at Action Without Borders on Penn’s campus when I was at St. Joe’s in Philly. From short-term volunteer projects to full-time jobs, you will find it all here.

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Responses

  1. We love a Appalacia too!

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