Sheryl Kayne Immersion TravelWhere can you find updated Immersion Traveler® information, exciting, relevant to today’s travel trends that simply is not shared in an online marketing pitch? Right here! The brand new edition of Immersion Travel USA, geared directly at today’s Immersion Traveler® is in the works and will connect you with wonderful communities’ immersion activities, volunteer opportunities, local fairs, parades, fundraisers, community projects, history and culture. Read all about it and plan your next trip.

Stepping Back into Living History

Joan, who is now a grandmother to her daughter Dana’s two children, is still amazed by the experiences they shared visiting Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts. “I remember carefully watching Dana’s face as her five-year-old mind worked through the information she was seeing and hearing,” says Joan.  “A woman dressed in costume and speaking in…

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My Volunteer Trip to Costa Rica

I always tell people that volunteer work is the best because, while it means responsibilities one takes on, it is not an obligation, it’s a choice, and that makes all the difference in the world. —Karen M. Gray, C&O Canal National Historical Park Library Volunteer When I wrote my first book about volunteer travel everyone…

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Travel Can Be Life-Changing

I just finished reading, and listening to, Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives, a memoir by Becky Aikman. Widowed at age 47, she’d been married for twenty years when her husband died from cancer after a four and a half year battle through numerous operations and rounds of chemotherapy and…

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Become Part of the National Park Service’s Centennial Celebration

This only happens once every 100 years! I promise more upcoming info on this great Centennial; however, there’s one thing I want to make absolutely sure that you know about first. The National Park Service offers a Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs) Artists in Residence program: https://www.nps.gov/getinvolved/volunteer.htm. Applications are open to visual artists, photographers, sculptors, performers, writers, composers, craft…

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Catalina Island: The Isle of Romance

It was a big hit for the Four Preps, “Twenty-six miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is a-waitin for me.” Located off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island, also called Santa Catalina Island, with its great climate and crystal clear water, is a perfect destination for immersion travelers who love the ocean, water sports,…

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An Exciting Cultural Travel Oppurtunity

The beauty of an Immersion Traveler® on a volunteer vacation is that there’s always a new adventure around the corner. In June, 2015 I read about the new partnership between fathom.org and Carnival Cruise Lines offering cultural immersion and volunteer trips working together with community partners in the Dominican Republic and Cuba. I’ve planned many trips…

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I Left my Heart on Maui

What better way to celebrate love and romance than to volunteer and totally immerse on Maui? The Pacific Whale Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 with support from the Hawaii Tourism Authority and County of Maui Office of Economic Development, offers a “Volunteering on Vacation” program. This is a way to give back to the…

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Rebuilding New Orleans: Common Ground Relief

Join a grass-roots effort to support the residents of New Orleans and Gulf Coast Communities as they rebuild. Common Ground needs volunteers skilled in construction, dry wall hanging, carpentry, painting, roofing, plumbing, electrical work, legal aid, social work, media/PR, and computer technology. Both short-and long-term volunteers are needed. The goal is to rebuild a socially equitable…

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