Elephant Rides in Thailand – A better alternative

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Elephant Rides in Thailand – a better alternative I wanted to share a story about our experience at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand and help you discover a better alternative to the many elephant rides in Thailand. It started out with tears… The four of us, Paul’s parents, Paul and I, sat […]

Volunteering experiences: Health Care in Ghana

Volunteering experiences: Health Care in Ghana

Volunteering experiences: Health Care in Ghana Meet the helpers Meet the stars of a new regular feature called Meet the helpers. Without our helpers globalhelpswap would not exist. Our main aim is to get as many of you travellers out there to consider volunteering next time you are on the road. So without further ado, […]

Welcome to the globalhelpswap community

Welcome to the globalhelpswap community

Welcome to the globalhelpswap community Hello to all of our new helpers and blog subscribers! It’s great to have you in our community. As many of you have joined this week (thanks to the wonderful words in The Guardian) I thought I would write a small blog post explaining who we are and what we […]

Volunteering with the Amazon Conservation Association

Volunteering with the Amazon Conservation Association

Volunteering with the Amazon Conservation Association We know many of our readers read our blog to get travel tips, ideas on destinations and recommendations on products or services. However, as it’s our mission to get you travellers out there to consider volunteering when you are on the road. We have decided to start a regular […]

Volunteering tips for travellers

Volunteering tips for travellers

Volunteering tips for travellers Over the last few months we have had many travellers ask us about our experiences volunteering on the road and if we could give them some tips. Before we set off on our 18 month adventure neither Karen nor myself had volunteered. As we were planning our trip we discussed our […]

globalhelpswap at Lanta Animal Welfare

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globalhelpswap at Lanta Animal Welfare Here are our video blogs from our day spent at Lanta Animal Welfare on the wonderful Thai island of Koh Lanta. As the dogs liked to show how happy they were (i.e. bark!) some of the sound fades out so here are some points we covered. Lanta Animal Welfare is […]

Volunteering in an Ashram

Volunteering in an Ashram

Volunteering in an Ashram   Dropping out and looking in         One of our most unusual volunteering experiences was when we volunteered at an Ashram in Australia. If you are not sure what an Ashram is, they were originally built in India mainly for Hindu followers but they became really known in the […]

Four reasons to volunteer while you travel

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  Four reasons to volunteer while you travel During our 18 month trip around the world the unthinkable happened. We realised that lying on a beach doing nothing got boring after a while. We decided to volunteer and do something meaningful with our time. Little did we realise how much we would personally gain from […]

Volunteering in Thailand

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Volunteering in Thailand: Our 2nd volunteering experience Our 2nd volunteering experience was a lot more fulfilling that our first one (see post here.) Although it did start out on a bad footing. We were meant to be volunteering at a yoga retreat in Koh Phangan but that got cancelled at the last minute. (Helpers, this can happen […]