Must-see temples in ancient Ayutthaya, Thailand

Former Siamese capital and historic Thai city Ayutthaya is a must-visit for any international volunteer with a passion for history. Dating back centuries, this ancient settlement is a treasure trove of architecture, noted for the many ruined temples that dot the once-powerful and splendid city.

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How to volunteer overseas sustainably

To make a positive difference when you volunteer abroad, consider booking a sustainable volunteer vacation, designed to minimize the negative impact of traveling to other countries. With sustainable volunteering, you can make a difference in a variety of ways – keep reading to find out more.

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Scholarship – Maya’s Last Journal Entry

My last Entry

Work today was fine, I just keep getting so sleepy after lunch again. But then Maria came and painted my nails! Jimmy is a math genius by the way!!! He was doing multiplication and division flash cards and flew through the whole set in under a minute.

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Scholarship – Maya’s Journal – 15

Tuesday – July 19, 2016

Work was better today; there were more kids, and I got to help more inside of the classroom. I almost forgot that the name of my project is Community Education because for the plast 2 weeks we have not done any educational programs since the kids were on vacation.

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Dia de las Culturas in Costa Rica

How better to experience the culture of Costa Rica when you volunteer abroad than by getting involved in the country’s annual celebration of diversity at Dia de las Culturas? This special day takes place in October and recognizes the different cultures that comprise the Costa Rican population.

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Scholarship – Maya’s Journal – 13

Wednesday – July 13, 2016

Last night I went to bed at 9:00pm and woke up at 5:30 this morning to go workout then do laundry.    I attempted to wash my clothes by hand with my Tide to-go soap because I did not want to pay the $5 for laundry service yesterday.

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Scholarship – Maya’s Journal – 12

Tuesday – July 12, 2016

Jimmy have me a picture that Ingred drew for me! It’s a little princess J She wasn’t at the center today or yesterday either. I had colored in a picture of My Little Pony and gave it to Jimmy to give it to her yesterday.

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Colorful Caribbean culture at Limon Carnival

If you happen to be volunteering in Costa Rica this October, you’ll be just in time to witness one of the nation’s best-loved festivals: Carnavales de Limon. This Mardi Gras-esque event held in the province of Limon celebrates the Caribbean culture of Costa Rica with a full week of fun, food and festivities.

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Scholarship – Maya’s Journal – 10

Sunday – July 12, 2016

I have definitely been getting my workout in on this trip from walking so much. Although there was beach access right across the street from our hostel, the owner said we should walk all the way down to the end of the beach where the sand was smooth without rocks.

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Scholarship – Maya’s Journal – 9

Saturday – July 11, 2016

Last night we stayed in this really nice hostel that was a house with three bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, three bathrooms, and eight beds. We woke up this morning and the landlord, Marilyn, cooked us all breakfast!

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6 beauty tips for volunteering abroad

Heading off on a volunteer vacation doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ready to forgo a little lipstick or a touch of tinted of moisturiser; looking your best while abroad isn’t always easy but it’s not impossible if you read our top tips for a bit of inspiration.

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Scholarship – Maya’s Journal – 8

Friday – July 8, 2016

I woke up at 4:00am to catch the 5:15 bus to Puntarenas with Jenna, Brittany, and Nicole. In Puntarenas got conned by this man selling flowers homemade out of a blade of grass. He said he was just giving it to us as a gift, but then said we should give him a donation. From there we took a bus to Quepos!

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Explore Elmina during Ghana’s Bakatue Festival

If you’re keen to experience authentic culture and heritage on a volunteer vacation to Ghana, visit during the first week of July to experience all that the Bakatue Festival has to offer.

This historical event, with origins dating back centuries, is held on the first Tuesday of the month in Elmina to mark the start of the local fishing season and attracts thousands of locals and visitors all keen to celebrate.

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Scholarship – Maya’s Journal – 7

Thursday – July 7th, 2016

I knew it would be a good day today because we had French toast for breakfast. When I first arrived to the center today, my little buddy Derek greeted me with open arms and gave me a big hug. J Kevin and Jimmy also reintroduced themselves to me (I am trying so hard to remember everybody’s names).

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How to prepare for an adult gap year

Gap years are no longer just for teenagers; taking time out from work or daily life is becoming increasingly popular among individuals in their 30s and over, as more people seek out new experiences and fulfil lifelong goals of making a difference in the world.

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Scholarship – Maya’s Journal – 6

Wednesday

I had a lot more energy today, which was odd because I woke up at 5:45am to go run with Jenna around the 2.5 mile path. It was surprisingly a lot of people out biking and running at 6:00am! Jenna and I also had a really good conversation during our walk to and from the center.

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