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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. 


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Teaching English in South Korea
The author describes his experience teaching English in several very different schools in Korea.
Monastic Interludes: Learning to Chill in the Kopan Monastery
Monastic Interludes: Learning to Chill at the Kopan Monastery - nepal monastery stay
Doing Dharma in Dharma-ville: A Year in McLeod
Doing Dharma in Dharma-ville: A Year in McLeod Ganj
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Ukraine: A Visit to Chernobyl
Chernobyl: Visiting Ukraine to see the remains of the nuclear power accident of 1985 and the ghost city of Pripyat, Ukraine.
To Give is to Receive! Funding Your Volunteer Vacation
To Give is to Receive! Funding Your Volunteer Vacation
Learning Italian at Florence's Koine Center
Denene Brox takes an intensive Italian language course at the Koine Center in Florence.

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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.
Be Aware of Your Rights as a Flier
Be Aware of Your Rights as a Flier: Flightright helps get you refunds for flight delays.
Alternative Island Fantasies
Alternative Island Fantasies
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.
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.
Vallecito: A Quiet, Primitive Desert Campground
Vallecito, CA: Gerald Burke writes about a delightful little campground called Vallecito in western San Diego County.
Finding and Choosing an Alternative Travel Vacation - GoNOMAD MINIGUIDE
Alternative travel vacations: Advice on finding and choosing the right program.
Volunteering in Nigeria: Burning Food and the Complexities of Saying 'Hello'
Life in a Nigerian village learning how to get around in a place where there are 500 dialects and many different tribes.
GoNOMAD MINI GUIDE: Discover teflboard and start teaching English abroad!
The new TEFL Board website links ESL programs all over the world
Where NOT to Do Good--A Tale of Albania
Melissa Shultz describes a volunteer mission in Albania during which she was nearly abducted.
Teaching English in Valencia, Spain
Teaching English in Valencia, Spain
WWOOFing on the Farm: Volunteering On An Organic Farm in New Zealand
WWOOFing on the Farm: Volunteering On An Organic Farm in New Zealand - wwoof new zealand reviews
Short-term Vacation Work Abroad
Short-term Vacation Work Abroad
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.
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