These posts are about the volunteer experiences we cover during the trip.

The Art of African Beading

2018-05-03T13:23:44+07:00By |

“Beading has always been a part of Xhosa tradition and culture,” our guide Sabelo says on the way to our first stop on our African Beading Workshop with Cape Town tour company Andulela. Learning has been an important part of our grand tour this year and I knew as soon as we arrived in Cape ...

Donate Money, Win a Home ‘Away’, Build a Village in India

2018-11-26T11:01:04+07:00By |

You could win a stay in a ‘home away from home’, as we like to call the holiday rentals we’re staying in this year, by entering our monthly blogging competitions. You could also donate $10 to Passports with Purpose and not only get a chance at winning a stay in a holiday rental anywhere in ...

Rio de Janeiro Take Homes: Favela Finds

2017-10-02T19:10:47+07:00By |

Okay, so not everyone can afford to sponsor a child or make a donation, but it costs very little to purchase a small souvenir. Here's our favela finds, great souvenirs to buy while touring the favelas. If you’re visiting Para Ti at Vila Canoas or Rocinha on a favela tour, you’ll have a chance to ...

Para Ti – For You, a Chance to Make a Difference

2018-11-26T11:50:12+07:00By |

One of the highlights of Marcelo Armstrong’s favela tour for us was a visit to Para Ti, a very special NGO that was started by Italian Franco Urani, a former President of Fiat Brazil in the 1970s, and his wife Giuliana. The couple lived in the neighbourhood around which the favela Vila Canoas grew and ...

Birdwatching in Costa Rica — In Search of the Scarlet Macaws

2018-05-11T18:11:41+07:00By |

Birdwatching in Costa Rica is a must-do experience, even if you're not a twitcher or birder. There's such an abundance of beautiful birds and with good guides they're not hard to see. And that's how we found ourselves on a birdwatching adventure in search of the Scarlet Macaws. Birdwatching in Costa Rica — In Search of ...

Planting Trees to Save the Titi Monkeys

2015-12-03T15:59:09+07:00By |

Stay at Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, for a week and you’ll never again complain how hard it can sometimes be to meet locals when you travel. We had visitors casually dropping in daily at Casa Elsa – families of friendly, white-faced Capuchin monkeys. One day we also had a group of the cutest Mono Titi or ...

A Sweet Spice Tour to Villa Vanilla

2018-05-06T12:35:54+07:00By |

As we stroll across the lush lawns of the Villa Vanilla Spice Plantation, just 10 miles east of Manuel Antonio, we see various spices hanging out to dry and we inhale the heady aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and cocoa. Aaahhh. Our lovely local guide leads us into the weathered old wooden house where she presents ...

Giving Back: It Doesn’t Take Much to Make A Difference

2018-12-17T18:02:09+07:00By |

Giving back to each of the places we visited this year was one of our goals of our grand tour, along with living like locals, doing and learning things, and travelling more sustainably. The aim was to enrich ourselves and travel more meaningfully as much as it was to show travellers the kinds of experiences ...

Cooking in Bali with Desak in a Cultural Cooking Exchange

2018-12-17T17:50:34+07:00By |

Cooking in Bali with Desak ended up being one of the highlights of our two-week stay in our Balinese villa, allowing us to tick off a few grand tour goals — learning from locals, learning to cook the local cuisine, and giving back. I taught Desak Western dishes in exchange. Cooking with Desak in Bali in a Cultural Cooking ...

Voluntourism: Giving Back As Much As You Take Away

2019-04-22T15:16:44+07:00By |

Most people take a holiday to relax not work, yet giving back to a place, rather than simply taking away — whether it be a bundle of beautiful memories or a suitcase of souvenirs — is the aim of a rising number of travellers, including ourselves. Tagging turtles for a conservation project, being a bear-keeper for a ...

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