Service Projects

Ideas for service projects with kids, and voluntourism travel for the whole family.

Garden for Good

by Sandra Foyt

If you’ve got a green thumb and you’d like to make a difference, there’s a service project just for you. From the press release: WHAT: Plant a Row for the Hungry is a people-helping-people program that encourages gardeners to grow a little extra and donate […]

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Hilton Garden Inn Gives Staten Island a Helping Hand

by Sandra Foyt

Staten Island’s Hilton Garden Inn is like no other Hilton Garden Inn. On a Friday night, it’s the place to see and be seen as cars line up to deposit wedding guests, restaurant patrons, and stylish nightclub denizes. Here is where Staten Island locals go […]

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New York Tourism Post Hurricane Sandy

by Sandra Foyt

A week after Hurricane Sandy sucker punched New Jersey and New York, communities across the Tri-State area are assessing damage. As they are wont to do after a crisis, Americans have come together to help those in need. In New York’s Capital Region, where my family resides, […]

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Adventure Travel Is a Force for Good

by Sandra Foyt

Today, ECPAT-USA and the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) announced that the ATTA became the first United States-based association to sign the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct, an internationally accepted industry-driven corporate responsibility initiative to protect children from trafficking and sexual exploitation in travel and […]

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Trying to Teach a Good Birthday Lesson – When it All Went Wrong

by Adrienne Veglia Mazeau

Last year around the holidays a friend had a birthday party for her two daughters, age 3 and 5, who are both December babies.  Instead of asking the half dozen kids that attended that party to bring gifts she organized a grab bag.  The idea […]

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College Hacker Series Inspires Couch Potatoes

by Sandra Foyt

Grounded after foot surgery, I thought I would spend weeks doing nothing more productive than catching up on long-missed TV shows. Instead, thanks to my trusty Mac computer, I’ve booked flights, met with colleagues across the country, and even dived into HTML code for the […]

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Destapa Su Futuro – Uncap College Funds for Latino Students

by Sandra Foyt

I couldn’t have been more pleased with my sixteen-year-old daughter, Kayla. Listening to her speech on how travel inspires change, I knew that the lessons I learned at a similar age on a trip to Bogota, Colombia had taken root. Kayla’s future was bright with the […]

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Run for the Planet – Help NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS set two Guinness World Records!

by Sandra Foyt

Run and recycle to help National Geographic Kids claim two Guinness World Records! Through the magazine’s Run for the Planet program, in coordination with the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Healthy Kids Fun Run, people all over the world will attempt to set the Guinness World […]

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A Village Tour and Camel Safari in Jaipur

by Sandra Foyt

One of the most rewarding experiences in our travels through India was a village tour near Jaipur. Not only was it fascinating to see first hand what life is like in rural Mohanpura, it was even more gratifying to see how children surmount language barriers […]

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A Family Visit to Equine Advocates Horse Sanctuary Farm Tour

by Gina Martin

Despite the rain this past weekend, I took my family out for a farm tour and visited Equine Advocates’ horse sanctuary in Chatham NY for their first open house day of the year. The Open Day is a self-guided tour, where you can read about […]

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