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Alternative Travel:  Going for
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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. 


Find articles about Alternative Travel


Finding a Job Teaching English in Paris
Teaching English in Paris, tips on finding a job teaching English in Paris, where you can find jobs and best practices.
Volunteering in In a Tibetan Refugee Village in Nepal
A participant's report on volunteering with refugees in Tibet, and the happiness that it brought her.
Photo gallery: Tracking Animals in NJ
New Jersey animal tracker school: Photos of Tom Brown's animal tracking school, where you can learn to follow animals in the woods.
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Teaching ESL in Spain
Teaching English in Valencia, Spain A Great Place to Vacation--and teaching pays the bills By Susanne Eineigel You may think of Spain as a great place to go for a vacation—sun, beaches, and all-night celebrations. Imagine yourself living there. Last year I taught English in Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city and capital of the regi ...
Tracking in New Jersey
Tom Brown runs a school where you can learn to track Southern New Jersey.
Raw Nature, Rawhide: Touring Florida's Eco-Ranches
florida: Chelle Koster Walton takes a tour of Florida eco-ranches.

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Royal Castle Square, Warsaw Poland
Royal castle square, Warsaw, Poland
Kes Kes, and Kasbah: Cooking With Kitty Morse in Morocco
Kes Kes, and Kasbah, Cooking in Morocco with Kitty morse.
Hammering out the Kinks at an Alternative Spa and Carpentry School
Alternative Spa and Carpentry School in Wisconsin
Auschwitz in Poland
Auschwitz in Poland
Volunteer to Save Buffalo in Yellowstone National Park
Volunteer to save buffalo in Yellowstone National park. Keeping the buffalo in so they don't get shot by ranchers.
Cuernavaca, Mexico: The Perfect Place to Study Spanish
Cuernavaca, Mexico: The Perfect Place to Study Spanish
GoNOMAD-Volunteering in Tanzania with Amizade
Danille Kobet writes about a fantastic experience volunteering in Tanzania.
Top Picks for Alternative Adventures in Africa
Top Picks for Alternative Adventures in Africa
Australia's Coober Pedy: A Gemstone in the Desert
Coober Pedy Australia, the opal mining capital of the world, where half the residents live underground.
GoNOMAD--The Peace Corps Offers You a Chance to Help Disaster Victims
How to join the Peace Corps and help disaster victims around the world
Honduran Corn Tortillas
In praise of the humble Honduran tortilla: Amigos gives volunteers a chance to do life fullfilling work in many different countries.
Living with the Camel Drivers of India's Thar Desert
Jenny Coates spends three days in the desert with the camel drivers of the Thar Desert.
The Good Tourist, an Ethical Traveler's Guide
Maggie Freleng presents excerpts from Lucy Popescu's latest book, The Good Tourist: An Ethical Traveller's Guide.
Language Learning Overseas
Language Learning Overseas
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