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So You Want to Volunteer in South America?

“I’m going to teach English in Ecuador!” This gleeful announcement was made to my dad in the summer of 2013, just three days after I’d flown back home to London from South East Asia. Still in the travelling mindset, I was already plotting my next volunteer move. Although it may sound like a spontaneous decision, the […]

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From Cable to Table: in Love With the Mountain of Cape Town

Table Mountain is a South African icon. This bizarrely flat plateau towers above the high-rises and hotels that jostle for space on the Cape Town skyline, is visible from every direction, and welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors every year. I’ve always had the desire to stand at the top of Table Mountain, although I’ve never known […]

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Between a Rock and a Colourful Place: the Magical Realism of Guatape

A few hours away from Medellin, in the midst of the rolling green Colombian countryside, sits a rock. But this isn't just any old rock. El Peñol de Piedra is huge, the only giant rock for miles around; it looks out over clusters of tiny islands dotted with trees and houses; and it's the centre […]

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Culture Shock at Home – or ‘A Tourist’s Guide to London’

London is one of those cities that everyone loves. For hopeful travellers it’s a must-see destination, and many people I’ve met around the world get significantly excited when I say it’s my hometown. “So you’re from London?” “Yep, I was born there.” “Oh! So you’re actually from London!” “Yeah. Born and bred…” But after living […]

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Coping with La Paz: a City of Cold, Colour and Contradiction

“I don’t believe in the gods, but last night I prayed to them that you would come – and you did! And now I believe in them!” The man’s eyes were bright as he towered above me. I sat uncomfortably in the chair he offered, wishing he’d at least sit down too. The restaurant around […]

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The Best View in Rio… And It’s From a Favela

His name was Francisco, and he’d always lived in the favelas. “I was born in Rocinha,” he told Kay in Portuguese, proudly, “but I built this house eighteen years ago.” The blue-green building sits neatly on a corner of the narrow road that leads up, ever winding, to the very top of Rocinha: Rio de […]

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Hot and Homeless on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

I’m not the first person to say I love the heat. When I was younger it was great, sure: sunbathing by swimming pools in Turkey and Greece with my family, summer holidays with friends to Spain and Italy – all warm, happy, and drenched in sun. But as I’ve got older, and travelled to the […]

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Modern Day Life in the Amazon Jungle

“We’ve seen more of the world in one day than she has in her whole life,” said Sam, disbelievingly, as we trudged back through the humid Amazon jungle. We’d been out on a day’s hike to reach a secluded waterfall, and the young Ecuadorian girl skipping along beside us had acted as our guide for […]

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Snorkelling with Sharks at San Cristóbal

“Tiburones! Tiburones abajo!” My heart sank. Only an hour before, I’d learnt that this was the Spanish word for sharks. Plural. And now I was about to swim over a whole school of them. “Los tiburones están aquí!!” I got the distinct impression our snorkelling guide was about to have a heart attack if I […]

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Volunteering with Children Abroad: the Issues You Should Know

When looking for volunteering projects in foreign countries, one of the first things to catch people’s eye is working with children. There are so many orphaned and impoverished children around the world in need of love, care and affection, and those of us who want to help know that we have the ability to deliver […]

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