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I wandered through the cool flagstones of St. Vitus Cathedral, Chopin’s Larghetto in B flat filtering through my headphones, frozen by the afternoon sun burning through the massive circular stained glass window over the entrance of the Cathedral. In Prague, beauty seems to be taken for granted, apartment buildings adorned with intricate statues, mosaics, frescos, cobblestones, bridges and golden spires
The bus was bumpy on the ride from Galway to Leenane when I first fell in love with a place. Connemara opened before me in large hills that took up the expanse of the bus windows. They were brown and lumbering and only dusted with a hint of the emerald that beckons travelers to more obvious parts of Ireland. Glass lakes spread below the mountains, creating perfect mirrors of each scene as we drove, and I snapped photos that never should have been so good from a bouncing bus
“Yes!” was the immediate answer that I gave with a smile and a nod, when I learned that I would be spending my first overnight night stay in a remote village near Sintang, West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). I would be volunteering with women weavers in the area, helping to promote their handicrafts, for the next year
My curiosity would not let me sleep, so I departed for my study abroad program in Germany a couple of weeks early and invested my time and savings into traveling through the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic along with 27 other countries in Europe is part of the European Union. A smart traveler from U.S. will take the opportunity to explore the countries that have not yet switched to the euro and enjoy the sweet exchange rate for the Czech koruna
It is an age old debate: “should you have to pay to volunteer?” and the recent media frenzy surrounding unethical and underhanded volunteering projects has throw this subject back in to question once again. With experts from left, right and centre offering up their own opinions on how local communities are being exploited by “voluntourists” who are seemingly happy to throw money into volunteering as a means to improve their CV, genuine volunteer projects, like the one I have been involved with in the Philippines, are under threat