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Nyungwe Rwanda – Where International Tourism and Rain Forest Activism Intersect

As a nation still haunted by the memories of genocide, Rwanda continues to show its ability to be redeemed. Their efforts to preserve the natural beauty of mountain rain forests like with Nyungwe National Park continues to be a goal…
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Mauritius Makes Strides in Eco-tourism

Coral reefs in Mauritius. Mauritius may be young but it’s well known for being one of the developing world’s most successful democracies. It’s been featured on Ethical Traveler’s 2015 Ten Best Ethical Destinations, earning a place on the list for…
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White House Seeks To Harness The Transformative Power Of Travel – US Government Promotes Study Abroad and Citizen Diplomacy

Last month I was honored to attend the first-ever White House Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. The administration invited the top 100 travel bloggers and digital influencers to Washington DC to discuss how to encourage citizen diplomacy. The…
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Resources to Study Abroad: U.S. Government Programs

The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (or the ECA)’s mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist…
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Preserving The World For The Future By Destroying The Past: The Saga of Greenpeace and the Nazca Lines

Greenpeace’s mission is to ensure that the Earth and its beautiful diversity survive—without nuclear destruction, climate change, commercial overfishing, deforestation, or genetic engineering disrupting the health of the planet and its myriad creatures. They’re a non-profit focused on what we’re…
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The Rights and Wrongs of Voluntourism

Volunteer tourism, or “voluntourism,” is the practice in which tourists incorporate charity work into their travels abroad. Over the past few years, this travel industry trend has become a recurrent source of controversy and has left many wondering whether it…
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Conservation Success for the Silky Shark and His Aquatic Friends

For decades the plight of the silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) went unnoticed. They were once thought to be the most populous type of requiem shark, but the slow-to procreate and overfished silky sharks were potentially down an average of 80%…
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Illuminating Rural Villages with Solar Power

A family from Samrong with their new MoonLights. In many rural villages across the world, people rely on kerosene lamps after dark — lighting that is toxic, nonrenewable, and hazardous. But a variety of forward-thinking companies and NGOs are enabling…
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Turning Trash into Treasure: Revolutionary Art in the Galapagos Islands

Marine iguana swimming at the island of Santa Cruz. Located 600 miles off the western coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands has long been revered for its larger-than-life eclectic and mythological presence. The beauty of its 20 plus islands have…
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Continuous Elephant Slaughter Leads to March for Elephants

Weighing in at over 13,000 lbs and standing just at 13 feet with dextrous but powerful trunks and tusks made of ivory, elephants represent an icon in many cultures and religions. Sadly, they are endangered. African elephants are ruthlessly poached…
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