Volunteering during your travels means you can stop spending money for a while (most places exchange work for accommodation and at least two meals a day). It also gives you the chance to slow down and enjoy having somewhere to call home. But what about the exciting stuff? Essentially, it's like being like a child again: interactive, creative, positive and worry-free.
Happiness, more or less, it's just a change in me, something in my liberty... I ended up working at the hostel for two months and Colombians' carefree, loving approach to just about everything was infectious. I think I had a bit of post-teen awakening (the first of many!) Here’s the story, Hollywood: Back-packing Cinderella alternates... Continue Reading →
I volunteered at a hostel in Santa Marta (North Colombia) and it was fab. We worked behind the bar for 6 hours a day, 6 days a week in exchange for 2 meals and a bed. I was dismissive of volunteering at hostels initially, it’s paid work surely?! But actually it gives you the chance... Continue Reading →
I spent two weeks volunteering on a farm in Las Tolas, a village of about 150 people, near Mindo. The farm was run by Luis, a local in his late twenties and the first in his family to be taught how to read and write. Our days were spent milking cows, planting, clearing land and... Continue Reading →