We packed a lot more into the second week than the first! Early this week we finished painting the school.  We then spent the next morning helping the local women make their fishing nets. Although it took us a while to get the hang of, by the end of the three hours we were actually… Read More


We arrived in Sihanoukville in the afternoon on the Sunday. We spent the day relaxing after spending the previous night out in Phomn Penh. The next day we began volunteering at the local schools, as usual we split into two groups, my group went to a school named Computer Development Centre (CDC). Here we began… Read More


As we dreaded, our last week has just about gone by. After a six hour bus ride from Quito, we got to our absolutely stunning and secluded home in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest. We arrived to the Gaia Lodge with Group B as well, so there are now 31 of us together. It’s… Read More


I don’t think two weeks have ever flown by as fast as these past couple in the Galapagos. We were greeted at the airport by Geovanni, our new project leader, and multiple white pickup trucks (the taxi vehicles on the island) to escort us to our home here called Hacienda Tranquila. Since we arrived on… Read More


Melvin and his sister Madalyn – members of our new host family – stood to greet us as our boat slid up to shore on Ticao Island.  He then took those of us staying with him – Florence, Mikaela, and myself – down the beach a little way to his village.  Along the way we… Read More


  On Sunday evening we returned back to the Elephant Valley project. That evening the power went out so we all drank wine by candlelight. On Monday we all began volunteering again. The week we had planned was a lot more relaxed than the previous week. Tuesday was spent doing a jungle trek in the… Read More


I read in the Lonely Planet guide to The Philippines that Filipinos are shockingly friendly.  This was proved entirely true during our stay with the Bartilet Family – Philip, Angel, and their five sons – in Bulusan. We spent mornings and early afternoons contributing to community projects: ground improvements at the lake, planting trees to… Read More


The next two weeks would be spent in a remote jungle in Mondulkiri volunteering at the Elephant Valley Project. Our day was divided into two parts; elephant observation, where we learnt all about the different elephants, and secondly volunteering. The jungle took us a while to get used to, in the first few days it… Read More