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100 Dorado Beach Drive, Dorado, 00646, Puerto Rico
At the Ambassadors of the Environment at the Ritz-Carlton's Dorado Beach Resort, there are a number of eco-adventure activities for kids and adults. With guides at my side, I embarked on an 1.5 hour journey into the forest. The knowledgeable...
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Peru
The mighty Inca Trail! Everyone talks about doing it one day, and you hopefully you will. It is a four-day trek through the Andes mountains in Peru. You begin from colonial town of Cusco, where it is wise to spend a couple days to acclimate before...
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Karen Hardy, Nairobi, Kenya
At Giraffe Manor in the Karen section of Nairobi you'll wake up to the hotel's namesake animals joining you for breakfast, or perhaps poking their heads into your room as you get ready for your day. A herd of giraffe share the 12 acres of grounds...
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Ecuador
Eco-tourism has been the driver of the Galapagos economy since the 1970s, and it's one of the main reasons that certain species of animals have rebounded from record-low numbers in the 1950s and '60s. Every visitor to the islands contributes to...
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2645 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Six years after Hurricane Katrina, nearly 200 families in New Orleans are still living in FEMA trailers. The St. Bernard Parish, located about 10 miles from downtown, was one of the communities most severely affected. The St. Bernard Project, a...
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Zona Industrial, San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico
While in Cozumel Mexico this past November I had an opportunity of a lifetime! I had originally planned to visit Tulum Mayan ruins while our cruise ship stopped in Cozumel but INSTANTLY changed my mind when I found out we could participate in an...
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East Africa
Though most visitors to Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage (http://www.chimfunshi.org.za/) visit for a few weeks or more via an organized university group or long-term volunteer agreement, my renegade, four-night visit was a definite highlight of three...
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
The African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) is a non-profit research and conservation organization dedicated to the facilitation and promotion of sound conservation and management plans for the African lion. They offer opportunities to...
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72017 Ostuni, BR, Italy

November begins the olive harvest season in southern Italy.  I traveled to a village near Ostuni, Apulia where I volunteered on an organic olive farm.  I arranged my gig through WWOOF—Willing Workers on Organic Farms.  Olives...

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South East Asia
This riverside orangutan rehabilitation camp is usually reachable only by boat. For times when the Sekonyer Kanan River runs dry, volunteers are building a 2.5-mile boardwalk to the camp. Workers are often approached by two curious orangutans, a...
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74/1, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road, Sharif Lane, Ripon Street, Taltala, Maula Ali, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016, India
In 1950, Mother Teresa founded the order of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India, which is dedicated to serving the city’s poorest citizens. A Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Mother Teresa died in 1997, but her order has continued her work....
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Pa Yup Nai, Wang Chan District, Rayong, Thailand
Hands Up Holidays specializes in combining work and play. Its nine-day Taste of Thailand in Style trip begins with an overnight cruise from Bankok to Authaya, with tours of both cities. Three days are spent volunteering at an orphanage in Phang...
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209/2 Sridom Chai Road, ตำบล กื้ดช้าง อำเภอ แม่แตง เชียงใหม่ 50100, Thailand
Learn about the history of elephants in Thailand, feed the elephants by hand, learn commands for controlling an elephant, ride bareback through the countryside, and finally spend some time in a small pond bathing your elephant. Baan Chang Elephant...
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Southern Asia
The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society operates an incredible program to mitigate human-elephant conflicts in Sri Lanka. As a result of conflicts annually 80 people are killed by elephants and over 200 elephants are killed in retaliation by...
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Pa Yup Nai, Wang Chan District, Rayong, Thailand
Accompany elephants as they make their way to a “retirement” park in Northern Thailand after careers in trekking camps. The project is an attempt both to give the elephants a more pleasant, natural life andto rebuild the bonds between the animals...
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Kaya IR. Randolph Statius van Eps, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands
Visitors can drive through the sanctuary in their vehicle (very slowly to avoid accidents) and be greeted by hundreds of donkeys. They come to the cars, sniff your belonging, give you kisses, and rub against your door. The donkeys here are not...
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Entebbe, Uganda
In February 2013, my husband Michael and I set off on an 8-month trip around the world. Here’s one of the many highlights of our adventure… After going on a safari and gorilla trek where we observed wildlife at a distance, we met animals up close...
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Rio Frio
I went to Costa Rica for the animals. So after a week of tour guides showing me nothing more interesting than a giant millipede (which was, granted, very cool), I felt a little disappointed. At week's end we ventured to Los Chiles, where we would...
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Volunteering in this place was amazing. It's a camp close to guarayos in the middle of the jungle. Parque Ambue Ari is one of three parks in Bolivia. The organization Communidad Inti Wara Yassi gets felines like jaguars, pumas and ocelots as well...