Los Angeles, Ice Teas and Angelina Jolie

It’s interesting how much attention volunteerism has gotten in the past few months. In a recent article published by CNN, Eva Vasquez asks if “celebs like [Angelina] Jolie inspire voluntourism?” She further explains the implications of the term “voluntourism,” which for those of you who have been following the project, it might bring memories of an article published about two months ago called “The Role of Profit Not For Profit.” Same concept. The difference however, regards how the topic was approached. Whereas one chose to focus on the social and personal implications of volunteerism, the other used the influence of celebrities to explore the subject matter. Not a matter of right or wrong per se, but rather a contrast of perspectives. Ultimately, Vasquez’ opening question does echo significant considerations.

Vocation: Vacation

The objective of “People of Change” has always been closely tied with the idea of inspiring others to do volunteer work. Traveling in itself is an inspiring aspiration; and the crucial combination of both – volunteerism and traveling – is an ideal method to explore different corners of the Earth. From personal experience, non-governmental organizations […]

Burundi #05 – The Walk Continues

Arrival in Burundi was accompanied by a single piece of information: an Italian nun named Sister Celina would reception me at the airport, and further provide transportation to Masango. Besides that, a solid phone number, a specific address or even a plan B for that matter, were not available. After having checked several embassies alerting […]