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Visiting Garifuna villages on the coast of Honduras

Visiting Garifuna villages on the coast of Honduras

Honduras is a small country in Central America that is best known for its Bay Islands where foreign tourists scuba dive along the second longest coral reef in the world. I had the opportunity to … Read entire article »

Being an exchange student in Brazil

Being an exchange student in Brazil

It takes confidence and an independent nature for a 16-year-old to go off to Brazil on an exchange for a year. Patricia LaSalle had both and the experience shaped her career. I don’t know where I … Read entire article »

Being a foreign student at the University of Havana

Being a foreign student at the University of Havana

Patricia LaSalle spent a semester at the University of Havana, Cuba as part of her international development degree. She was there for 3 ½ months, sharing a room with Kristin, another student in the program. Cuba … Read entire article »

Life in Tahrir Square during the 25 January Uprising

Life in Tahrir Square during the 25 January Uprising

By Janice Gray On January 7, Coptic Christmas, I arrived in Cairo and settled into my room. Anticipating a three-month stay, lunchtime was spent with the school principal. Then I wandered over to the refugee school where I … Read entire article »

A music teacher volunteers in Egypt

A music teacher volunteers in Egypt

Janice Gray is about to fly to Cairo for her fourth year as a volunteer music teacher. Prior to volunteering, she taught in paid positions at schools in Canada, Egypt and Kuwait. By Janice Gray After a … Read entire article »

An accountant travels to Africa

An accountant travels to Africa

By Sue Landreville In the past, accountants rarely got to travel as part of the job. Instead, we always seemed to work in cramped dark offices, counting beans just like in the cartoons. But a series … Read entire article »

Why travel? Because I want a volunteer experience

Why travel? Because I want a volunteer experience

Some people volunteer internationally because they are interested in having a new and interesting experience. Perhaps they want to meet people they would not normally meet or need a base where they can stay cheaply … Read entire article »

Volunteering in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Volunteering in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar is an island off Tanzania in East Africa. Historically it was known for its spices and slave markets. Today it’s best known for its beaches and Stone Town. Jessica Sunter spent three months there … Read entire article »

Volunteering on a kibbutz in Israel

Volunteering on a kibbutz in Israel

During her gap year in 1973, Gracie—a non-Jew—spent several months working on a kibbutz in Israel. Her time there was sandwiched between the murder of Israeli athletes and coaches at the summer Olympics in Munich, … Read entire article »

Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 4 of 4

Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 4 of 4

Last week Faith and I went to Honduras to visit Jen, another CAUSE intern, and to learn about CAUSE’s programs there. From Todos Santos we had to travel for three days to reach Ciriboya, the … Read entire article »

Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 3 of 4

Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 3 of 4

Faith and I are officially half way through our internship. I can’t believe how fast the time is flying by – it feels like I arrived in Guatemala just yesterday. Since CAUSE works in two … Read entire article »

Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 2 of 4

Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 2 of 4

The advancement of women certainly follows a different path here in Guatemala than in Canada. A way here to increase a woman’s confidence and make her feel valuable is to encourage her to take part … Read entire article »

Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 1 of 4

Volunteering in Guatemala – Blog 1 of 4

Jessica Sunter lived and worked in two indigenous communities in the western highlands of Guatemala – Comitancillo, San Marcos and Todos Santos, Huehuetenango – for eight months in 2010 on an internship with CAUSE Canada … Read entire article »