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Travel community - Meet locals and travelers [TFT] Voluntourism Guidelines | The International Ecotourism Society With the support of the Planeterra Foundation, the International Voluntourism Guidelines for Commercial Tour Operators have been developed by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and an international advisory committee. The goal of this project is to develop a practical tool that will help international voluntourism providers plan and manage their programs in a responsible and sustainable manner. >> Download publication >> Join the Voluntourism Group on TIES-EXCHANGE Advisory Committee To ensure that this project incorporates a diverse range of industry knowledge and experiences, we are working with an International Advisory Committee representing a variety of industry sectors and regions: Bodhi Garrett, Co-Director, Andaman Discoveries, Thailand Valeria Gracia, Asociación Civil Voluntario Global, Argentina Sallie Grayson, Programme Director, People and Places, U.K. Voluntourism Guidelines Survey Summary Report >> Learn more about the International Voluntourism Guidelines Project

11 WWF & Nat Hab Travel Destinations Top the New York Times 2014 Bucket List | Good Nature The New York Times published an exclusive list 52 places to visit in 2014. Here are 11 of the destinations WWF and Nat Hab can take you to in 2014. #1 Cape Town, South Africa (c) Wilderness Safaris Cape Town, South Africa tops the New York Times’ list – but don’t travel all the way to South Africa without getting a closer look at its incredible wildlife population. If you want to soak in some of the sites of the city, we recommend booking a 4-day Cape Town extension. #2 Christchurch, New Zealand © Nada Wiley Christchurch is the highlight for the New York Times #2 spot – our itinerary takes you there and beyond. #6 Namibia Rhino on the move © Dana Allen/Wilderness Safaris The list hits a sweet spot with Namibia. #7 Ecuador © James Frankham/WWF-Canon The Galápagos Islands is an invaluable living laboratory for scientists and one of the best natural classrooms in the world. #16 Scotland © Natural Habitat Adventures #19 Laikipia Plateau, Kenya © Ken Carl #35 Mekong River #38 Northern Lights #50 Belize

As 'Voluntourism' Explodes In Popularity, Who's It Helping Most? : Goats and Soda hide captionHaley Nordeen, 19, is spending the entire summer at the Prodesenh center in San Mateo Milpas Altas, Guatemala. The American University student helped build the center's new library. Carrie Kahn/NPR Haley Nordeen, 19, is spending the entire summer at the Prodesenh center in San Mateo Milpas Altas, Guatemala. The American University student helped build the center's new library. As you plan — or even go — on your summer vacation, think about this: More and more Americans are no longer taking a few weeks off to suntan and sightsee abroad. It's called volunteer tourism, or "voluntourism," and it's one of the fastest growing trends in travel today. But some people who work in the industry are skeptical of voluntourism's rising popularity. hide captionChildren learn to cook at Prodesenh, a community center in San Mateo Milpas Altas, Guatemala. Children learn to cook at Prodesenh, a community center in San Mateo Milpas Altas, Guatemala. But today they are cooking.

Backpacking: Budget Independent Travel - Advice, guide & packing help Ecovolontariat Madagascar, voyages solidaires Ce séjour solidaire ( que vous pouvez associer à l'un de nos voyages à la carte), se veut être au plus proche des actions de l'ONG SADABE. Cette structure œuvre depuis de nombreuses années dans la protection de l'environnement et participe également à l'aide aux populations. Vous partagerez donc leur quotidien avec des matinée consacrées à l'étude, l'observation, le comptage et des après midi axées sur les activités villageoises comme le travail dans les champs ou l'apprentissage des plantes médicinales. Philippines - Plongées solidaires à Malapascua Plongez dans l’aventure People and the Sea : aidez les communautés côtières à protéger leurs ressources marines en participant à nos missions. Sur une île loin des sentiers battus, apprenez à plonger et à identifier différentes espèces sous-marines: coraux, poissons, invertébrés. Jordanie - découvrir le pays en soutenant une famille locale Afrique du sud - Sanctuaire des singes Vervets

10 Most Beautiful Villages in Europe | Earth Traveling From the Alps to the Mediterranean, these frozen-in-time European villages will make you appreciate the beauty of taking it slow. Reaching some of these European beauties requires extra effort, yet the rewards are dazzling. Your eyes will thank you. Hallstatt, Austria The storybook town of Hallstatt in central Austria enjoys a gorgeous setting on the bank of the Hallstätter See, between the pristine lake and a lush mountain that rises dramatically from the water’s edge. Manarola, Italy Manarola is a small town, a frazione of the comune (municipality) of Riomaggiore, in the province of La Spezia, Liguria, northern Italy. Image Source Bibury, England The hilly Cotswold region is a designated “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” in southwestern England, and one of its loveliest villages is Bibury, where verdant meadows abut ancient stone cottages with steep pitched roofs. Image Source Colmar, France Image Source Reine, Norway Image Source Pučiśća, Croatia Image Source Telč, Czech Republic Image Source

Post-tornado Joplin, Mo., map spurs outcry An inspirational sign at an intersection in a Joplin, Mo., neighborhood… (Charlie Riedel / Associated…) Much of the post-tornado rubble has been removed from Joplin, Mo. But for the city's residents, a six-mile scar of house foundations and turned-up dirt serves as a raw and sorrowful reminder of the epic twister that killed 161 people and destroyed thousands of homes as it swept through around dinner time May 22. While the community struggles to rebuild, a flap is playing out on Facebook over a map created by the local tourism agency that points out-of-towners to hard-hit areas in the tornado's path. "The vast majority of us were unaware the maps existed," says Aaron Durall, a lifelong Joplin resident and local photographer who calls the map "tacky and tasteless." The Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau, which created the map that was distributed at hotels and the city's welcome center, sees it differently: It's a way to begin to tell the story of what happened here.

Free Accommodation world wide through Hospitality Exchange - Hospitality Club A Pas de Loup, des volontaires pour la nature Natural Habitat Adventures | Africa | The Great Migration The migration of nearly two million wildebeest and zebra across the plains of Tanzania's Serengeti and Kenya's Maasai Mara is one of the oldest and last great land migrations on the planet. The movements are dictated solely by the rains and food sources (grasses), with zebras eating the long grasses, while wildebeests follow to feast on fresh shoots. While often unpredictable and not a perfect science, the typical movements of the herds are illustrated in the interactive map below, which also shows the locations of camps in each area. January In January, wildebeest and zebra herds continue to move south, mostly along the eastern edge of the Serengeti, toward the fresh short grasses of the Ndutu plains, while much of the migration has already arrived in the southern Serengeti near Lake Ndutu where the animals will graze and prepare to drop their young.

The ethics of disaster tourism: What is the right thing to do? Removal of fuel from the Costa Concordia, which ran aground last month off Tuscany, began last week and officials say that after it’s gone, it may take seven to 10 months to refloat the ship. Meanwhile, Tuscan tourism officials are urging tourists to visit eight-square-mile Giglio, off whose coast the ship ran aground on Jan. 13, as a “gesture of love.” Not long after the accident, which killed at least 17 people (15 are still missing), islanders said people came to Giglio to gawk and not because of their affection for Giglio, one of seven islets in the Tuscan Archipelago. All of which raises this question: Is it love or is it lewd to visit a place after a disaster? After a recent story in the Travel section reported that some residents of Joplin were angered by a map showing where a tornado devastated the southwestern Missouri town last spring, we asked ethicists about tourism in the aftermath of tragedy. Fundraisers, for instance, often have at their core human suffering, she noted.