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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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Volunteering in Vietnam Finds Frankness, Spontaneity and Generosity

Volunteering in Vietnam Finds Frankness, Spontaneity and Generosity
Megan Tady describes the challenges and rewards of volunteering in Vietnam.

Ise: Japan's Holiest Shrine

Ise: Japan's  Holiest Shrine
Ryan Cole describes a visit to Ise, Japan's holiest Shinto shrine.

Northwest Vietnam: Friendly People and Breathtaking Landscapes

Northwest Vietnam: Friendly People and Breathtaking Landscapes
Siobhan McGeady describes her travels among the hill tribes of Northwest Vietnam.

The Hill Tribes of Thailand

The Hill Tribes of Thailand
Visiting with the many hill tribes of Northern Thailand, including the Akha, Hmong, Yao, Tibet, Akha, Lahu, Lisu, and Burma, Karen and others.

Sundance: The Other Festival

Sundance: The Other Festival
Sundance: The Other Festival, in New Mexico. A shaman teaches vision quests and animal medicine.

Teaching English in South Korea

Teaching English in South Korea
The author describes his experience teaching English in several very different schools in Korea.

Habla Ingles? English Language Immersion in Salamanca, Spain

Habla Ingles? English Language Immersion in Salamanca, Spain
Lisa Lubin enjoys a free vacation at Pueblo Ingles, an English language immersion program for Spaniards.

Habla Ingles? Language Immersion at 'Englishtown'

Habla Ingles? Language Immersion at 'Englishtown'
Lisa Lubin enjoys a free vacation at Pueblo Ingles, an English language immersion program for Spaniards.

Travel Bookstores in the U.S. & Canada

Travel bookstores in the US and Canada

GoNOMAD MINI GUIDE: Discover teflboard and start teaching English abroad!

GoNOMAD MINI GUIDE: Discover teflboard and start teaching English abroad!
The new TEFL Board website links ESL programs all over the world

Teaching English in Valencia, Spain

Teaching English in Valencia, Spain
Teaching English in Valencia, Spain

Volunteering in Nigeria: Burning Food and the Complexities of Saying 'Hello'

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.

Where NOT to Do Good--A Tale of Albania

Where NOT to Do Good--A Tale of Albania
Melissa Shultz describes a volunteer mission in Albania during which she was nearly abducted.

GoNOMAD--The Peace Corps Offers You a Chance to Help Disaster Victims

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

Honduran Corn Tortillas
In praise of the humble Honduran tortilla: Amigos gives volunteers a chance to do life fullfilling work in many different countries.

The Top Ten Best Bare Beaches in the World

The Top Ten Best Bare Beaches in the World
A guide to the world's top ten bare beache: Where to sunbath, hike and enjoy life without wearing clothes.

Working with Elephants in Sri Lanka

Working with Elephants in Sri Lanka
An account of volunteering in Sri Lanka taking care of elephants.

Brazil: Life Lessons through International Volunteering

Brazil: Life Lessons through International Volunteering
Natalie Andrews writes about a life-chaning experience valunteering in Brazil.

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Living with the Camel Drivers of India's Thar Desert

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.

Finding a Job Teaching English in Paris

Finding a Job Teaching English in Paris
Finding a Job Teaching English in Paris

Sea Kayaking in British Columbia

Sea Kayaking in British Columbia
Sea Kayaking in British Columbia
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Amigos in Oaxaca: A Life Changing Experience.

Amigos in Oaxaca: A Life Changing Experience.
Sarah Austin writes about a life-changing experience as a volunteer in Oaxaoa, Mexico.

Learn Spanish on the Go in the Mexican Caribbean!

Learn Spanish on the Go in the Mexican Caribbean!
How you can enjoy a tropical vacation and learn Spanish at the same time with language adventures programs in Mexico

Teaching in China

Teaching in China
Teaching in China | Adjusting to the stares, attention, and the endless fascination with exotic Western Women

Photo gallery: Tracking Animals in NJ

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.

Tracking in New Jersey

Tom Brown runs a school where you can learn to track animals...in Southern New Jersey.

Volunteering in In a Tibetan Refugee Village in Nepal

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.

GoNOMAD--Learning Italian in Ascoli

GoNOMAD--Learning Italian in Ascoli
A guide to Ascoli Italy, in a region called Le Marches, which is like Tuscany 30 years ago.

GoNOMAD--Why Study Abroad?

GoNOMAD--Why Study Abroad?
A comprehensive guide to studying overseas: how much it costs, where you can do it, additional sources to do research on study abroad programs, directory of study abroad programs.

Rome: A New Life in an Old City

Rome: A New Life in an Old City
Rome: A guide from an American Expat on Living and Working in Rome, Italy

Teach English in Japan

Teach English in Japan

Top Picks for Alternative Travel in Europe

Top Picks for Alternative Travel in Europe
Top Picks for Alternative Travel in Europe

Making Your Travels a Pilgrimage

Making Your Travels a Pilgrimage
MAKING YOUR TRAVELS A PILGRIMAGE

To Give is to Receive! Funding Your Volunteer Vacation

To Give is to Receive! Funding Your Volunteer Vacation

Teaching English Overseas

Teaching English Overseas

Top Picks for Alternative Adventures in Africa

Top Picks for Alternative Adventures in Africa
Top Picks for Alternative Adventures in Africa

Volunteering for Relief Programs

Volunteering for Relief Programs

GoNOMAD Do It Yourself Guide: Planning Your Own Safari

GoNOMAD Do It Yourself Guide: Planning Your Own Safari
GoNOMAD Do It Yourself Guide: Planning Your Own Safari

Short-term Vacation Work Abroad

Short-term Vacation Work Abroad

WWOOFing on the Farm: Volunteering On An Organic Farm in New Zealand

WWOOFing on the Farm: Volunteering On An Organic Farm in New Zealand
WWOOFing on the Farm: Volunteering On An Organic Farm in New Zealand
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