With 2010 now behind us, we have five years left to meet the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals to end extreme poverty. In 2000, when the goals were set, 50% of the world’s population lived on only $1/day. A decade later, these people are surviving on $1.25.
Although $0.25 may not seem like much, it does give hope. This is a huge undertaking, and it is encouraging that our leaders have come together to try to address this problem, together. Awareness about these issues are at an all time high, and individuals have also worked hard to play their role in meeting these goals. While traveling I have been involved with some great social, grassroots initiatives and have met some outstanding people volunteering to help others.
I called on the help of a few great travel writers, involved with Lonely Planet’s Blogsherpa program, to share some of their experiences with volunteering overseas and to hopefully inspire you to do the same. It’s not too late to add another new year’s resolution to the list!
BlogSherpa Carnival #17 – “Feel Good” Travel
First-time to volunteer vacation in Oriental Mindoro – Claire, First Time Travels
No stranger to charity or advocacy work, Claire gives a “how-to” account of participating in an environmental conservation project at San Teodoro.
Click here to read more about how her participation in this “feel good” vacation made a positive impact on the biodiversity of Oriental Mindoro in the Philippines.
Cusco Characters: Señor Alcides – Jason, AlpacaSuitcase
Colibri, a safe place for children street vendors to do their homework after a busy day of school is managed by a hardworking, local police officer involved in many social projects in the area.
Jason gives a candid account of both his children’s involvement with Colibri, and his own meeting with Senor Alcides during a site visit in Alcides’ beat up Volkswagen. Click here to read more about his family’s year of travel and volunteering adventures in Peru.
Song and Dance for the Soul – EZGuler’s Travel Blog
The beneficiaries of ACODO, Assisting Cambodian Orphans and the Disabled Organization, perform traditional dances to raise funds for their center.
One visit to this center would move anyone to want to get involved with the great work that is being done for the children of a war-torn, mis-managed country trying to get back on its feet after years under a bloody dictatorship.
Read more about why one couple will forever hold the memories of this experience in their hearts, and remember the smiling children of Siem Reap.
Weavers of West Borneo
Now a bit on two organizations that I am currently involved with. Amongst other initiatives directly related to biodiversity conservation and natural resources management, the PRCF and their partner JMM have been working with rural, marginalized women in remote areas of West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) to help them improve their economic situations while contributing to their natural surrounding environment.
You can read more about my personal accounts with the JMM Cooperative and the People Resources and Conservation Foundation in Indonesia by clicking on the hyperlinks attached to this blog, or by visiting the “Social Works” page above.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! Get out there and get involved! The world is counting on you.
This Lonely Planet Blogsherpa Carnival forms part of a series. Find number #16 “Christmas Traditions Around the World” at Inside the Travel Lab. Next up is #18 coming on toasting traditions at Orange Polka Dot.