Become Part of the National Park Service’s Centennial Celebration

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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 artists and ...

An Exciting Cultural Travel Opportunity

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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 ...

El Sándwich Cubano

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Upon moving from Richmond, Virginia to a retirement home in Florida, Izzy didn’t talk much about his new lifestyle or the weather, but he raved, “The Cuban Sandwich is so great I cannot go a day without one.” I had to explore this delicacy myself. You can imagine my surprise when I learned that it ...

Applying for an Adventure

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I teach Business Communication in the Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT which includes writing cover letters, resumes and analyzing job opportunities, but it’s quite a different experience when I’m doing it for myself. I applied for an Impact Guide position with fathom.org and Carnival Cruise Lines to work on the ...

I Left my Heart on Maui

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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 ...

Sweets for the Sweet

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This morning I was a guest speaker for a social service organization. I’d been asked to talk about “How Not to Gain Weight” while traveling. As people arrived, one particular woman hovered around me, reminding me of a helicopter parent waiting for me to do something very bad. I decided to be proactive and asked ...

Please be my Valentine, please be my volunteer.

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Hallmark and candy companies turned Valentine’s Day into a touch feely, kissy-huggy chocolatey event. It all started out in a rather gruesome way with the Romans executing two different men named Valentine on February 14 in two different years. The Catholic Church labelled them martyrs and created St. Valentine’s Day. Both Chaucer and Shakespeare referred to ...

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