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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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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.'

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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.
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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

Caring for the Rejected: Helping People Living with HIV/AIDS in Thailand

Caring for the Rejected: Helping People Living with HIV/AIDS in Thailand
Natalie Lefevre shares her experience working with orphans and AIDS patients at the Camillian Social Center in Rayong, Thailand.

People Helping People in Afghanistan: Marigold's Humanitarian Work

People Helping People in Afghanistan: Marigold's Humanitarian Work
Beth Simmons writes about the Marigold Fund's humitarian work in Afghanistan, focusing on the importance of building relationships with locals.

Naked in Vermont: A Clothing-Optional Resort

Naked in Vermont: A Clothing-Optional Resort
Naked in Vermont: Max Hartshorne makes an October visit to the only clothing-optional inn in Southern Vermont, nude in vermont

Poland: An Unlikely Volunteering Destination

Poland: An Unlikely Volunteering Destination
Beth Simmons writes about volunteer opportunities for teaching English in Poland and lists opportunities to find teaching jobs there.

Lavender: An Historic Natural Perfume Gives Tourists an Uplift in Quebec

Lavender: An Historic Natural Perfume Gives Tourists an Uplift in Quebec
Habeeb Salloum visits the Domain Blue Lavender Farm in Magog, Quebec, where he learns about the history and cultivation of lavender.

Mednoye, Russia: Agritourism Gains Momentum

Mednoye, Russia: Agritourism Gains Momentum
Galina Iskakova visits the Pietro Mazza farm in Mednoye, Russia, where she samples many delicious cheeses and enjoys meeting all the animals.

Weaving the Silk of the Sea in Sardinia

Weaving the Silk of the Sea in Sardinia
Angela Corrias visits Sant'Antioco, Sardinia, where she meets a woman who weaves silk from a seashell to create priceless works of art.

Tracing Family Roots Back to the Isle of Man

Tracing Family Roots Back to the Isle of Man
Bruce Marsland visits the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea and traces his ancestral roots through the history and geography of this unique island.

Desire Resort and Spa Cancun: One of the World's Sexiest Lifestyle Resorts.

Desire Resort and Spa Cancun: One of the World's Sexiest Lifestyle Resorts.
Desire Resort Cancun: Sex therapist and syndicated talk show host Sue McGarvie visits Desire Riviera Maya, a couples-only resort in Mexico including desire resort stories

Desire Resort and Spa Cancun: One of the World's Sexiest Lifestyle Resorts.

Desire Resort and Spa Cancun: One of the World's Sexiest Lifestyle Resorts.
A visit to couples only resort Desire Riviera Maya in Mexico by Sex therapist and syndicated talk show host Sue McGarvie.

Learning Spanish on a Cultural Tour of Lima, Peru

Learning Spanish on a Cultural Tour of Lima, Peru
Alice Driver writes about learning Spanish in Lima, Peru by traveling solo, visiting museums, riding busses and eating at local restaurants.

Malaysia: A Home-Stay in Kampung Pachitan

Malaysia: A Home-Stay in Kampung Pachitan
Gary Singh enjoys a homestay in Malaysia, tours rubber and palm oil plantations, and joins in the celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Learning Vacations at the Campbell Folk School

 Learning Vacations at the Campbell Folk School
Stephen Bugno visits the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, where they offer some 860 courses including photography, quilting, cooking, dancing and playing the hammer dulcimer.

The Good Tourist, an Ethical Traveler's Guide

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.

The Good Traveler, an Ethical Traveller's Guide

The Good Traveler, an Ethical Traveller's Guide
A collection of excerpts from Lucy Popescu's latest book, The Good Tourist

Watching the Eclipse in Xinjiang, China

Watching the Eclipse in Xinjiang, China
Ed Burleigh travels to Xinjiang, China, to watch a total eclipse of the sun in Koktokay National Park.

Coasteering in Wales: It Only Sounds Dangerous

Coasteering in Wales: It Only Sounds Dangerous
Steven Bochenek and his family try out the sport of 'coasteering' -- climbing up cliffs on the scenic coast of Wales and jumping into the sea.

Costa Rica:Ecotourism and Outdoor Adventure

Costa Rica:Ecotourism and Outdoor Adventure
Laurie Ellis takes an eco-tour of Costa Rica with plenty of adventure. She goes ziplining, horseback riding, bicycling, rappelling, tubing and whitewater rafting.

Vaughantown: An Enclave of English in the Heart of Spain

Vaughantown: An Enclave of English in the Heart of Spain
The author writes about VaughanTown, a six-week English language immersion program in Spain where English speakers receive free room and board in exchange for conversation.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park: Quintessential California Camping

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park: Quintessential California Camping
Dorothy Carlson and her husband enjoy hiking and camping in California's Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Uruguay: Opening up to New Experiences

Uruguay: Opening up to New Experiences
Kylie Jelley writes about her semester abroad in Uruguay and the close connection she formed with her host family and the country as a whole.

Desire, Los Cabos, Mexico: The World's Sexiest and Best Couples-Only Resort

Desire, Los Cabos, Mexico: The World's Sexiest and  Best Couples-Only Resort
Sex therapist and syndicated talk show host Sue McGarvie visits Desire Los Cabos, a couples-only resort in Mexico. - nude couples

Australia's Coober Pedy: A Gemstone in the Desert

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.

India: A Day-Trip From Mysore

India: A Day-Trip From Mysore
Suruchi Dumpawar of Mysore takes a day trip to the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, the Somnathpura Temple and the Shimsha waterfalls.

Nevada's Burning Man Festival: Raunchy, Rainbow Picture Show

Nevada's Burning Man Festival: Raunchy, Rainbow Picture Show
David Rich visits the Burning Man Festival in Gerlach, Nevada, and reports on the remarkable antics there.

A Real Ranch Vacation in Montana

A Real Ranch Vacation in Montana
Bynum, Montana | Travel writer Max Hartshorne writes about a ranch vacation in Bynum Montana at the SK Ranch.

Berlin's Wild Nightlife - Page Three

Berlin's Wild Nightlife - Page Three
Award-winning GoNOMAD reporter Cindy-Lou Dale ventures into the famous KitKat Club (of Liza Minelli and Cabaret fame) and visits other wild and crazy nightspots in Berlin.

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