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Tahrir square uprising photo gallery

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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 would teach music. The next few days were spent connecting with old friends and re-entering Cairo life. The following Saturday, my friend Barbara arrived from Canada. She, too, planned to volunteer at the school. We spent the week planning. On January 24th Barbara taught … Read entire article »

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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 career as a music teacher and then another career as owner and trainer of NLP Centres Canada, it was time for a change.  On my 60th birthday, I accepted a position at the American International School in Egypt, sold my … Read entire article »

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Dogon Country photo gallery

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In Todos Santos, all the saints are celebrated on Nov. 1

In Todos Santos, all the saints are celebrated on Nov. 1

Don’t bring a suitcase on wheels,” my daughter Jessica told me. “You’ll never be able to pull it up the hill to the house”. When I got off the bus in Todos Santos, a village in a remote corner of Guatemala high in the Cuchumatanes mountains, I knew the big test of my journey would not be making it over roads that had been largely washed out by rain, nor travelling on the so-called chicken bus … Read entire article »

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An unexpected trek through Dogon Country, Mali

An unexpected trek through Dogon Country, Mali

Having a wife who works on international missions offers protection from the predictable and the routine.  One day she’s at home taking care of the usual things; three days later she’s on an airplane to the other side of the world – usually with very little notice. I’m never sure when Barbara is leaving but usually I know when she’s returning home.  This was not the case when she finished a nine month assignment in The … Read entire article »

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On staying foolish

On staying foolish

Editorial: There is a travel forum that I occasionally visit where a woman has been posting reports of her travels on a very remote Indonesian island. She is an American, 74 years of age, divorced, and going solo. She travels very cheaply. The places she stays usually cost $8 – $10 a night, breakfast included. She tells of visiting several hotels in an effort to find a room with a bathroom that has a sink so that … Read entire article »

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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 for a period of time while travelling. I knew that some international work experience would be helpful for a career in development and that the easiest way to get it was to volunteer. Besides, I had always wanted to go … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Zanzibar, Tanzania

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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 as a volunteer with Youth Challenge International. I was there working in a youth community centre with another young Canadian. I had studied international development at university and wanted to get some practical work experience. We lived and worked outside … Read entire article »

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A day with elephants in Chiang Mai photo gallery

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A day with elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A day with elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Have you ever considered spending time with elephants on a remote reserve north of Chiang Mai, Thailand? Stephanie Jack did just that. I’ve always liked elephants and since I was planning my first trip to Thailand I decided to go to an elephant reserve. Not the kind of place where you ride around on the elephants, but one where the experience for the elephant is the top priority. The Elephant Nature Park north of Chiang Mai … Read entire article »

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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, West Germany and the Yom Kippur War between Israel and a coalition of Arab states. Q: How did you know about the kibbutz movement? A: A girl I went to school with moved to Israel with her family and she sent letters … Read entire article »

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Being a tourist in Afghanistan

Being a tourist in Afghanistan

Nancy Fanjoy spent six weeks in Afghanistan in 2004, visiting her sister who was working there and volunteering as a civic education trainer. Q: Why ever did you chose to vacation in Afghanistan? A: My life needed a real change so when my sister encouraged me to join her for a few weeks and perhaps do some volunteer work I decided to go for it. Q: What were the highlights of your trip? A: The streets of … Read entire article »

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Gap year in places unlike home

Gap year in places unlike home

Editorial: Everyone who watched the recent British royal wedding of Will and Kate probably heard that Prince William—like many Brits—took a gap year between high school and university. During that year he took survival exercises with the Welsh Guards in Belize (sleeping in a hammock strung between trees), volunteered in Chile (where he helped construct walkways from log posts and taught English in local schools), and worked on a dairy farm in the UK (rising before … Read entire article »

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Why travel: Because it’s my gap year

Why travel: Because it’s my gap year

Taking a gap year—typically a time of global travel and work between high school and college or university—has long been embraced by Britain and Australia where it is considered a rite of passage. The concept has been slower to catch on in North America but it’s now becoming more common and even major universities are promoting it. Harvard University has long encouraged admitted students to defer enrolment for one year to travel or pursue a special … Read entire article »

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Photo Gallery of All Saints’ Day festivities in Todos Santos Cuchumatan

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Antigua, Guatemala photo gallery

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Guatemala photo gallery

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Slow travel

Slow travel

Editorial: Slow travel is a term I use to describe my preferred way of seeing the world. It’s about taking the time to get to know a place and its people rather than racing from one tourist site to the next. I thought I’d invented the expression but have since learned that it is part of the Slow Movement and can be traced back to 19th century travel writers. I was raised in a family that views travel as a … Read entire article »

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