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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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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
Max Hartshorne makes an October visit to the only clothing-optional inn in Southern 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.
Sex therapist and syndicated talk show host Sue McGarvie visits Desire Riviera Maya, a couples-only resort in Mexico.

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 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.

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A Semester in Uruguay: Opening up to New Experiences

A Semester in 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.

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.
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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.

Vallecito: A Quiet, Primitive Desert Campground

Vallecito: A Quiet, Primitive Desert Campground
Vallecito, CA: Gerald Burke writes about a delightful little campground called Vallecito in western San Diego County.

Learning Italian at Florence's Koine Center

Learning Italian at Florence's Koine Center
Denene Brox takes an intensive Italian language course at the Koine Center in Florence.

An Eco-Adventure in Trinidad Tobago

An Eco-Adventure in Trinidad Tobago
Ginger Warder visits the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and hikes in the rainforest and watches giant sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach.

Dartmoor, England: Preserving an Ancient Man-Made Wilderness

Dartmoor, England: Preserving an Ancient  Man-Made Wilderness
Dartmoor, England: Preserving an ancient man-made wilderness.

What is Burning Man and Why Should You Go?

What is Burning Man and Why Should You Go?
Questions and answers about the famous Burning Man Festival held in the Nevada desert each summer.

Cuernavaca, Mexico: The Perfect Place to Study Spanish

Cuernavaca, Mexico: The Perfect Place to Study Spanish
Cuernavaca, Mexico: The Perfect Place to Study Spanish

English Language Immersion in the Rolling Hills of Tuscany

English Language Immersion in the Rolling Hills of Tuscany
English language immersion in the rolling hills of tuscany.

A Homestay with the Aymara on Lake Titicaca

A Homestay with the Aymara on Lake Titicaca
Peru: Lake Titicaca.Eva Riccozzi describes a homestay with the Aymara people on Lake Titicaca.

Hiking to the Base of Mt. Everest

Hiking  to the Base of Mt. Everest
David Rich describes his journey to the base of Mt. Everest, explaining some of the dangers, including ice falls and altitude sickness.

Hiking Along the Great Wall of China

Hiking Along the Great Wall of China
Fiona Tunstall describes hiking along little known sections of the Great Wall of China.

Restoring Ancient French Castles

Restoring Ancient French Castles
Linda Handiak describes a program restoring ancienet castles in Provence, France.

Chile's Elqui Valley: A Zen Experience in 'Travel Therapy'

Chile's Elqui Valley: A Zen Experience in 'Travel Therapy'
Jade Frank describes a visit to Chile's Elqui Valley, said to be the magnetic center of the world.

Hobknobbing With Sperm Whales in the Azores

Hobknobbing With Sperm Whales in the Azores
Wade Hughes describes scuba diving with sperm whales in the Azores.

Hong Kong's Adventurous Side: Hills, Mountains and Sea

Hong Kong's Adventurous Side: Hills, Mountains and Sea
The author takes a hike with the hong kong trampers, an outdoor adventure group on the island of hong kong.

Alamos, Mexico: The Pueblo at the End of the Road

Alamos, Mexico: The Pueblo at the End of the Road
Allen Coxdescribes the achitecture, scenic beauty and charm of Alamos, Mexico.
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