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At GoNOMAD, we know there's more to travel than sightseeing


To really get close to the people and places you visit, you have to get involved. Take a language or cooking course, volunteer with children or community development, study Tibetan Buddhism or participate in an archaeological dig, teach English or work on a farm for a few days, weeks, or months. No matter your age or interest, there's an alternative travel opportunity for you at GoNOMAD.

Below you'll find articles about volunteering around the world, or slightly offbeat types of trips...definitely not your run of the mill, sit on the beach vacation. Some people want to learn a new language, others want to teach English, and others just want to do something they've never done before. 

 

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NY's Chautauqua Institution: A Rich History

NY's Chautauqua Institution: A Rich History
Programs, lectures, Activities and worshiping at Chautauqua Institute in NY

Read your Way through New England

Read your Way through New England
Literary sites of Mssachusetts and New Hampshire, made famous over the years.

When in Thailand, Don't...

When in Thailand, Don't...
Thailand's Taboos: Beware of Bare Feet and Too Much Skin. Reflecting on Thailand's peculiar obsessions.

Germany for the Jewish Traveler

Germany for the Jewish Traveler
Germany for the Jewish traveler offers Jewish people the opportunity to explore their heritage in Germany.

Farmwork for Board in Argentina

Farmwork for Board in Argentina
WWOOFing in Argentina Pagagonia. George Nelson learns to crack walnuts on a rural farm in Southern Argentina as a WWOOF volunteer.

Kurdistan: Crossing a War Zone

Kurdistan: Crossing a War Zone
Kurdistan: Walker Stephens spends a day hitchhiking through a war zone in Northern Iraq.

New Zealand: Working on a Movie Set

New Zealand: Working on a Movie Set
New Zealand: Mike Markoff arrives in Auckland with few hopes, then he gets a job on the set of Spartacus.

Indonesia: Thriving Permaculture in Yogyakarta

Indonesia: Thriving Permaculture in Yogyakarta
Outside of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, farmer Pak Iskander raises crops sustainably using permaculture techniques.

The Top Ten Best Stories of 2013

The Top Ten Best Stories of 2013
GoNOMAD selects the Top Ten Travel Stories for 2013

Egypt: Why You Should Visit Right Now

Egypt: Why You Should Visit Right Now
Egypt: Five reasons to travel there right now, by an expat who lives in Cairo.

Volunteering in Dhikurpokhari, Nepal

Volunteering in Dhikurpokhari, Nepal
Volunteering in Dhikurpokhari, Nepal. The Villager's keep their promise.

Discovering a Lost World in the Asian Jungle

Discovering a Lost World in the Asian Jungle
Gold Rush in the Jungle. Dan Drollette writes about a Lost World in the rarely visited jungles of Vietnam and Laos.

Finding and Choosing an Alternative Travel Vacation - GoNOMAD MINIGUIDE

Finding and Choosing an Alternative Travel Vacation - GoNOMAD MINIGUIDE
Alternative travel vacations: Advice on finding and choosing the right program.

GoNOMAD - World Music

GoNOMAD - World Music
World Music

Maha Shivaratri in Kathmandu: An Atmosphere of Complete Abandon

Maha Shivaratri in Kathmandu: An Atmosphere of Complete Abandon
Amanda Shore describes the Maha Shivaratri in Katmandhu, Nepal, known for drug use, nudity and quirky behavior.

Vermont: Classic Cars and Rock Star Farmers

Vermont: Classic Cars and Rock Star Farmers
Vermont: Classic Cars and Rock Star Farmers, Elle Rahilly takes a trip to Randolph, Stowe and Shoreham to experience fall tourism in Vermont

Jamaica's Nude Beaches

Jamaica's Nude Beaches
Jamaica's nude beaches. Finding a pocket size treasure in Montego Bay.

Learning English in Malta

Learning English in Malta
Learning English in Malta. Malta Lingua provides a full range of instruction from native English speakers, with courses from one week to one year.

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American Nudist: Living Nude in the California Desert | GoNOMAD.com

American Nudist: Living Nude in the California Desert | GoNOMAD.com
Naked in California: Max Hartshorne visits DeAnza Springs clothing optional resort in Jacumba California to explore the lives of nudists.

Auschwitz in Poland

Auschwitz in Poland
Auschwitz in Poland

Royal Castle Square, Warsaw Poland

Royal Castle Square, Warsaw Poland
Royal castle square, Warsaw, Poland
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Domain Blue Lavender Farm in Magog, Quebec

Domain Blue Lavender Farm in Magog, Quebec
Domain Blue lavender farm in Magog, Quebeck

Dijon, France by Segway Scooter

Dijon, France by Segway Scooter
Taking a tour of downtown Dijon, France by Segway Scooter is a great fun way to see the sights.

Educating through Travel: Pave Your Own Path

Educating through Travel: Pave Your Own Path
Educating through travel: Pave your own path.Together with their three kids, Jon and Pamela have traveled across Central America.

Equitrekking: Off the Bus and into the Saddle

Equitrekking: Off the Bus and into the Saddle
Kathleen Broadhurst writes about equitrekking, horseback riding vacations and her PBS TV show Equitrekking

Quy Nhon: Biggest Smiles in Vietnam

Quy Nhon: Biggest Smiles in Vietnam
Quy Nhon: Biggest smiles in Vietnam.

Mexico: Painting and Dancing on the Pacific Coast

Mexico: Painting and Dancing on the Pacific Coast
Mexico:Max Hartshorne visits Casa de los Artistas in Boca de Tomaltan for painting and dance lessons.

Teach a Man To Fish: Volunteering in Nicaragua and Around the World

Teach a Man To Fish:  Volunteering in Nicaragua and Around the World
Nicaragua: a volunteering organization called Teach a Man to Fish operates farms in Nicaragua to teach agriculture skills

Cuba: New Laws Loosen Travel Restrictions to Cuba | GoNOMAD

Cuba: New Laws Loosen Travel Restrictions to Cuba | GoNOMAD
Cuba-travel to cuba-Havana: After the U.S. government eased travel restrictions to Cuba this year, travel companies and tour operators are gearing up to welcome more visitors to this fascinating and l ...

Utila Honduras: Killing Lionfish to Save the Seas | GoNOMAD

Utila Honduras: Killing Lionfish to Save the Seas | GoNOMAD
Utila, Honduras is where divers are hunting lionfish to help save other fish species.

Japan's Goodwill Guides offer Personal tour guides in exchange for language practice

Japan's Goodwill Guides offer Personal tour guides in exchange for language practice
Japan's Goodwill Guides offer Personal tour guides in exchange for language practice

With Projects Abroad, High School Students Make a Difference and Take Joy in Doing It

With Projects Abroad, High School Students Make a Difference and Take Joy in Doing It
Projects Abroad gives high school students the opportunity to travel abroad during summer vacation and experience new cultures through volunteering

Experiencing Corsica Like a Local through Help Exchange

Experiencing Corsica Like a Local through Help Exchange
Corsica volunteering: Jamille Wallick, an young American college grad, finds a short term job on a farm and enjoys the splendor and richness of life in Corsica, France

Panama's Wild Side: An Undiscovere Eco-traveler's Paradise | GoNOMAD

Panama's Wild Side: An Undiscovere Eco-traveler's Paradise | GoNOMAD
Panama's Wild Side: An Undiscovered Paradise for the Eco-Traveler a story by Sonja Stark about the great ecotourism of the Panama jungles

Sustainable Travel Vacations Give Back More than they Cost

Sustainable Travel Vacations Give Back More than they Cost
Sarah Freddie writes about sustainable travel, and how travelers can promote environmental protection and contribute to the economies of the countries they visit.'

Learning, Volunteer and Alternative Travel - GoNOMAD - Page 2

Learning, Volunteer and Alternative Travel - GoNOMAD - Page 2
GoNOMAD Alternatives section provides you with directories to find teaching jobs, worldwide volunteering opportunities, and language schools, plus feature stories

Learning, Volunteer and Alternative Travel - GoNOMAD

Learning, Volunteer and Alternative Travel - GoNOMAD
GoNOMAD Alternatives section provides you with directories to find teaching jobs, worldwide volunteering opportunities, and language schools, plus feature stories

Ayurvedic Treatment in Sri Lanka: A Week of Bliss

Ayurvedic Treatment in Sri Lanka: A Week of Bliss
Margie Goldsmith travels to Sri Lanka for a week of Ayurvedic treatments, which include massage, herbs, medicines, meditation and a healthy diet.

Miami on Wheels: Traveling With a Disability

Miami on Wheels: Traveling With a Disability
Sony Stark explores the hotspots in Miami with her friend Kristina, who needs a wheelchair because of her broken leg.

Building a House in Guatemala: The Gift of a Home

Building a House in Guatemala: The Gift of a Home
a fourteen-year-old from Seattle joins his cousins to help build a house for a needy person in Guatemala
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