Living & Working in Great Places
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I have been on break this winter so to say. I chose to travel this winter and do some volunteer work abroad in Mexico and Guatemala. I spent four months all together in both countries and had an amazing time. I volunteered for an Animal Shelter in Mexico as well as a Wildlife Sanctuary in Guatemala. I always try to be inventive when it comes to ideas to create more income when I travel. Even though I am new to it still, I was given that opportunity when offered to write for Examiner.com. It is a work in progress, and even though I am not currently in Alaska they bestowed me with the title "Anchorage Holistic Travel Writer". So far I have only written three articles as it has been challenging being that I am not in Alaska currently. Despite that, I feel this is a great opportunity to hopefully fine tune my writing skills and also share my experiences. in any case I will attach the link to my articles at the site to share with all of you.http://www.examiner.com/holistic-travel-in-anchorage/small-town-ala....
In getting back to volunteering, I have always enjoyed donating my time and energy to causes that I feel passionate about. For me it is usually related to animals so this past fall that is exactly what I did. I researched a few places that did not require fees, which is a big scam out there with volunteering. So many of these sites have enormous fees which I do not agree with where you have to pay to work. There are however many opportunities where you do not have to pay a fee, or the fee is small enough to justify donating the amount to help the cause. This was the case with the Sanctuary in Guatemala.http://www.arcasguatemala.com/. They have a fee of 100.00 a week which includes accommodations in the volunteer house and three meals a day. It was some of the hardest work I have every done, yet worth it. With a strict schedule starting at 6:30 a.m. we attended to Scarlet Macaws, Howler Monkey's and other wildlife being cared for and also part of a breeding program at the center. Compared to other volunteer sites, some as much as 700.00 a week, I could justify this. The Center is located on Lake Peten in Northern Guatemala next to Isla De Flores, a charming town with colorful buildings and a Carribbean essence to it. It is also close to Tikal National Park, which was one of the most amazing places I have ever been. For any of you who have thought about spending some of your off season volunteering I recommend ARCAS. They also have a center in Montericco on the Guatemalan coast where you can help with Sea Turtle monitoring. This site only charges 5.00 a day, yet you have to buy and prepare your own meals. Both very worthwhile causes.
Later in Mexico I volunteered for an Animal Shelter that I connected with on my own. I spent a month there helping with homeless animals and taking care of them. Also worthwhile, yet more off the beaten path. I will attach a link to a website that offers many volunteer opportunities worldwide without fees http://www.workaway.info/, this site was started by a couple who saw the need for volunteers many years ago while traveling. It is a great resource for people who want to travel, yet also would like to spend time helping out somewhere.
Well it is closing in on that time when we all think about the next step. I for myself will be heading north again, yet not sure of dates. I certainly hope everyone had a great winter and are beginning to get excited about spring.