Research has shown that as we get older, we tend to become more altruistic
As “narcissistic and materialistic values wane in influence” (with age) writes Jim Gilmartin, CEO of the Chicago-based agency Coming of Age, which specializes in marketing to baby boomers and seniors,”concern for others increases.”
In the travel field, this trend has helped fuel the rapid rise of volunteer vacations, also known as “voluntourism”
The concept is simple: rather than go on a more traditional vacation, such as taking a cruise or staying at a resort, you sign up with a company or agency that sets you up to work on a project such as helping in wildlife conservation, building classrooms and homes, or improving local water systems, usually in the developing world.
Yes, you pay for the privilege of helping others, but it’s not necessarily all work and no play, and benefits accrue to the travelers… Continue reading
The death toll in Nepal’s recent devastating earthquake could reach into the tens of thousands. Thousands more survivors desperately need aid as homes and buildings lie in rubble, many in remote villages.
Anyone who has been trekking in this beautiful country knows the word namaste, the Sanskrit greeting you receive from almost every Nepalese you pass on the trail. It means “I bow to you” or “I salute the spirit within you,” acknowledging a divine consciousness within everyone.
The Nepalese people are unforgettable, and we should not forget them now in their time of need.
Here are some places where you can donate money where the aid goes directly to local relief workers on the ground in Nepal:
Educate the Children International
For additional ideas on where to contribute, go to the… Continue reading