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“He who does not travel does not know the value of men.”

– Moorish proverb

Ecology, sustainability, social and economic development are the underpinnings of volunteer travel.  Many travelers, particularly socially-responsible ones, use travel opportunities as a way to give back to communities in need.  Although voluntourism isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, these types of experiences can bring travelers new perspectives on people, places and cultures and change the lives of everyone involved whether on the giving or receiving end of a good deed. Traveling for a noble cause gives a whole new meaning to traveling as the volunteers travel to bring about a change in the prevalent systems and/or conditions and help the vulnerable and needy ones.   (photo credit:  Piers Brown)


Crowd enjoying some music at French Quarter Festival. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

New Orleans’ French Quarter Festival 2012 – Hour 2

World Footprints broadcast center at the Hard Rock Cafe in New Orleans.  From left to right:  Mark Romig, Kelly Schulz, Tonya Fitzpatrick, Ian Fitzpatrick, Ed Cole.  (c) World Footprints Media In the second hour of our French Quarter Festival 2012 broadcast we will keep the good times rolling, Mark Romig, … Read more   Read more

New Orleans Volunteer Travel Events & Festivals Literature & Music
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Saving the Cheetah, Reviving Detroit, Sailing with Rick Steves

Travel around the globe with World Footprints today as we go to Namibia, the Mediterranean and Detroit. First stop…Namibia with Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund.   Read more

The World Experiences Volunteer Travel Conservation
Gary Chapman | Global Volunteers and Circumnavigating the Globe

Gary Chapman’s Love Languages, Global Volunteers and Circumnavigating the Globe

As travel experts we know that understanding new languages play an important part in the travel experience. But what about the journey of marriage?  World Footprints talks to best selling author Dr. Gary Chapman about his book, “The 5 Love Languages” and he’ll walk us through the different languages that … Read more   Read more

The World Adventure Experiences Study or Teach Abroad Volunteer Travel
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Surviving human trafficking & community-based adventure travel

World Footprints will present two powerful stories of survival from unlikely human trafficking victims and how they’re using their ordeals to support other victims and raise awareness about this elusive crime.  We will also share the story of a former Peace Corp volunteer whose experience inspired the development of a … Read more   Read more

United States Volunteer Travel Human Trafficking
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Dive into Volunteer Travel

By Jackie Jones

All around the world natural disasters ruin people’s lives. It often takes months if not years for a community to recover. The need for volunteer work in these areas is thus essential.   Read more

United States Volunteer Travel
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Endangered Languages, Culinary Dreams and Sylvia’s Children non-profit

Every 14 days a language dies.  National Geographic author and renowned linguist David Harrison joins World Footprints to discuss his latest book: The Last Speakers:  The Quest to Save the World’s Most Endangered Languages. The Last Speakers is the poignant chronicle of author K. David Harrison’s international expeditions to meet with … Read more   Read more

The World Volunteer Travel Food & Drink Preservation
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Actor Eric Braeden, Exploring Egypt & Voluntourism

Actor Eric Braeden. This is Part 3 of our wonderful conversation with Emmy-winning actor Eric Braeden. Eric is best known for his role as Victor Newman on the #1 Daytime drama “The Young and the Restless” and he opens up about his transition to Hollywood, his hope for peace in … Read more   Read more

The World Volunteer Travel Social Responsibility
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Visiting the St. Benedict orphanage on the island of St. Vincent

Even in the middle of paradise you can find poverty. That was somethings we witnessed while traveling through St. Vincent and the Grenadines. On one day we visited St. Benedict’s Day Nursery and Orphanage. Our visit was purposeful as we had brought a few supplies to share. It was also … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Volunteer Travel History Social Responsibility

The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary on the island of Bequia

Meet "Brother" King from the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary on the island of Bequia and discover how he became an accidental champion of the sea turtle.   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Off the Beaten Path Volunteer Travel Preservation
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Camp Joy – A young traveler experiences the joy of voluntourism

By Melissa Johnson

Every year, my church participates in a summer volunteer program in West Virginia called Camp Joy. This camp is a very special camp that allows citizens surrounding the area of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia to have the opportunity to receive free help fixing up their homes. It is a one … Read more   Read more

United States Religious Travel Volunteer Travel
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LEGACY SHOW: Adventure Travel and Voluntourism

This broadcast is a favorite legacy show that we produced under our old name Travel’n On and before re-branding as WORLD FOOTPRINTS. OUr focus will be voluntourism and adventure travel today. Adventure travel and volunteer travel experts, Alexia Nestora of Lasso Communications and Christina Heyniger from XOLA Consulting, joins the … Read more   Read more

United States Adventure Volunteer Travel
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LEGACY SHOW: Volunteer Vacations 101

Rick Webster , VP of Public Policy at the US Travel Association, joins Travel’n On Radio to talk about the Travel Promotion Act and his Associations efforts to promote tourism in the United States.   Read more

United States Volunteer Travel Social Responsibility
Celebrating travel during National Travel and Tourism Week in the United States.

LEGACY SHOW: National Travel and Tourism Week

This broadcast is a favorite legacy show that was produced under our old Travel’n On name and format before re-branding as WORLD FOOTPRINTS. Let’s take you through National Travel and Tourism Week. This year’s National Travel and Tourism Week features the first-ever U.S. Travel Rally Day on Tuesday, May 12. … Read more   Read more

United States Volunteer Travel Events & Festivals
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LEGACY SHOW: Chatting with Tourism Cares and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

This broadcast is a favorite legacy show that we produced under our old name Travel’n On and before rebranding as WORLD FOOTPRINTS. Today we” talk about the well-known Louis Armstrong Park. On this edition, we travel back to New Orleans for a conversation with Bruce Beckham, Executive Director of Tourism … Read more   Read more

United States Volunteer Travel The Arts Social Responsibility