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.
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!
“It’s probably an allergy to MSG, stop eating instant noodles all the time”. This is what I was told after two weeks of feeling really under the weather: high fever running for days, stomach flu, aches and pains, delirium! It wasn’t until the rash broke out on my face and hands that I thought maybe I should seek medical attention. Did Dengue fever ruin my memories of a trip to the Danau Sentarum National Park: a beautiful reserve with its wildlife intact and its breath taking, pristine lake? You’d be surprised.
The driver’s helper asked us to bow our heads in silent prayer before we left the “bus station” in Pontianak to take an 11 hour bus ride into Borneo. We were then each handed a box with a bun/danish and some water, and off we went to Sintang, where I will spend half of my time in Indonesia. My room is upstairs in
The distance between Pontianak and Sintang is roughly 400 kms. In Montreal, that would take about 5 hours. Here in Borneo, I am lucky if I can make it in just over 10. By now, I am used to the bus breaking down in mid-route. Once it took 14 hours to get back to Pontianak since, after my bus had