Adventure Travel Is a Force for Good

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 tourism. “We recognize there are dark sides to tourism,” said …

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A Village Tour and Camel Safari in Jaipur

Village school children - Jaipur, India

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 to connect. And the smiles were priceless.  Village School Tour …

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A Family Visit to Equine Advocates Horse Sanctuary Farm Tour

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 each of the animals background and current info. It was …

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In The Heart of Haiti – Bloggers Make a Difference

Last summer, when I took my kids on a volunteer vacation in the Dominican Republic, I had a chance to travel into Haiti with my teenage daughter. We crossed over the Dajabón border to the open market where Haitians trade in goods donated from around the world for basic staples, fruits, vegetables, and livestock. Our …

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Teach a Child to Read, and You Feed Him For Life. Help Build Libraries In Zambia & Win Great Prizes Too!

I have seen many sad things in my travels. Children begging on the streets of Bogota, Colombia. Families huddled along roads leading to Delhi, India. But the saddest thing I ever saw was a bare school in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam – no computers, no art supplies, and saddest of all, no books. Libraries …

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Do Good Family Adventure – A Volunteer Vacation In The Dominican Republic

Last May, when I was still ambivalent about going on a volunteer vacation in the Dominican Republic, Mommy Niri convinced me to go. Although I had signed up for LATISM’s Sustainable Development Project, I was strongly considering backing out. The problem was that I would be traveling alone with my children to Monte Cristi, an …

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Service Project Ideas

Posing after serving up a Spaghetti Dinner at Ronald McDonald House in Albany.

Earlier, I wrote about how we developed service projects with kids from service project ideas to community-wide take action projects. The article lists what we did to learn about various issues and includes leadership resources that helped us undertake service projects. But the important take away is that service projects should be community-driven; that is, it’s important to learn about the issues but also to investigate the actual needs of the community.

Longtime Girl Scout leader and volunteer, Bonnie Kerr, recently compiled a list of service project ideas for older girls in Northeast New York that I’ve shamelessly pilfered (with permission.) As you read the list, think about how you could adapt it to your region, and to your community’s needs. And of course, there’s no reason why boys couldn’t do good too!

Service Project Ideas

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Service Projects with Kids: From Ideas to Take Action Projects

regional-foodbank-northeastWhen I first volunteered to lead a troop of Brownie Girl Scouts, it was because I wanted to introduce young girls to new friends and a wider world of opportunity.  Little did I know at the time that this decision would change my world.

Even though my background was in Human Rights Advocacy, I learned more about taking action through Girl Scouts than I did in my graduate program.  Initiating leadership development programs for my troop gave me an opportunity to discover, connect, and take action in my community.  In fact, it was through a program that I developed for girls transitioning into middle school that I discovered an interest in social media, and my passion for blogging.

In youth groups like Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts children learn, grow, explore, and change the world. Here are some service project ideas and resources for inspiring today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders.

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