Have you ever felt that your digestion was off as you climb to 10,000 feet off to lands unknown? When you land you can't quite figure out what to eat in order to not feel bloated, constipated, gassy? 14 years ago, this was my struggle on every trip I took! Now, after years of studying nutrition, I use my journey to health to help travelers avoid these issues.
Not long ago I had a conversation with an individual who was thinking about traveling to volunteer. They were struggling with elements related to this activity, such as, how much money it would cost; the necessary time off from work; and what skills (if any) would be required. Although the conservation varied, the discussion tended to stay focused on the topic of skills-based volunteering. Many questions emerged. Should they consider utilizing their skills, or would a great attitude be enough? Do community projects really need skilled volunteers, or does it really matter? While there may be some merits associated with needed unskilled labor in some contexts, such as clearing trash from ocean-side beaches, according to academic research, skills-based volunteering does matter. Here are top four reasons why.
Making travel meaningful is a deliberate decision. One with opportunities to gain personal and cultural insights in new places, revitalize with new experiences and allow yourself to become the traveler you always wanted to be. It’s different for everyone. But world wide travel won’t be slowing down any time soon. And fit-cation wellness travel has become the new status symbol of a productive healthy lifestyle. At the top of that list? A brain-body boost of revitalization.
How many of us have dreamed of doing our job from home, or a coffee shop? Whether you call it remote work, telecommuting, or embracing a digital nomad lifestyle, more and more companies are offering the option for employees to work outside of the office. Finding a remote job may seem a daunting task, so we have compiled the top 25 companies hiring for remote positions. Happy hunting!
Lisbon has been a popular holiday destination for international travelers for decades. Venture with Impact is proud to host programs in this vibrant city. Experience Lisbon, Europe’s second oldest capital through tasting the rich style of Portuguese food. With a strong maritime tradition, many of Lisbon’s restaurants sit atop picturesque hills and feature breathtaking sea fare . We compiled a list of must-try restaurants, ranging from Michelin star experiences to the casual tapas bar. Here is our top 10 list:
What does it mean to be successful at work? And what does success mean to a company? The answers to both of these questions are evolving, and yet they’re more connected than ever.
Our personal views of being successful at work are shifting away from being able to buy a gold watch and fancy car toward having work-life balance and feeling a sense of purpose at work. In other words, particularly for millennials, we’re not just working for money — we’re working for meaning.
There is no cookie cutter path to finding a career with social impact. Making an impact in your day to day work is no longer limited to a job with a non-profit organization. With a general trend towards social responsibility in the US and around the world, there are a number of new career tracks in impact and limitless ways to arrive to your ideal position.
About a year ago, I signed on with Venture with Impact (VWI) because I found the concept to be intriguing: Take on people who can work remotely for their companies or, if they’re freelancers, for their clients. Then find an opportunity for them to do part-time volunteer work. That way, they can continue with their own work, also on a part-time basis, and keep on earning money while they’re overseas.
After studying Spanish for years, I landed in Madrid for my study abroad and couldn’t understand a thing! Truth be told, my Spanish was still BASIC! Fast forward ten years - after some time living in Latin America, and traveling throughout the region, I am now much closer to being an advanced speaker. However, I also have a much better understanding of what it means to be fluent in a language. Here are some tips and resources I have used in my language journey:
Retreats are becoming more and more popular as vacationers look to grow and develop themselves both personally and professionally. As Seneca said, "Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind."
The physical change in location can facilitate an internal change in perspective. I know when I travel, I'm always more open to things. This can be especially helpful when contemplating a career shift and is why career exploration retreats can be particularly beneficial.
Venture With Impact has joined forces with Jojo’s Sanctuary to bring professional volunteers to support the Chiang Mai, Thailand nonprofit organization. Responsible travel writer, Lola Méndez of Miss Filatelista, spoke with Jojo’s Sanctuary co-founder and co-director Heather Askew to learn about the initiatives of the grassroots charity.
Fancy working while travelling around the world as a digital nomad? While the idea of taking off to see the world seems to be very tempting, you may feel trapped by the insoluble dilemma over how to get away easily and at the same time keep your job. Truth is, you may not have to make that decision because you don’t necessarily have to quit your job to be a digital nomad. Here are some tips for you:
“I found myself in a new environment, with unfamiliar people working on a short-term project, I could easily observe myself from a meta-level view. It made me reflect about the qualities and contribution I can bring to any given project and the way I get perceived. I noticed how I function in a new team and where there is potential to improve. This awareness is valuable for me, on a personal as well as on a practical level.”
While preparing for my one month Venture With Impact program in Chiang Mai, I didn’t really plan or research details regarding riding a motorbike or scooter in Thailand, so I winged it and rented a Honda iClick125 scooter shortly after my arrival. After one month of scooter riding in Chiang Mai, here are a few things I learned:
I am trying to plan this trip to Colombia wisely. And to do so I spoke to many experienced travelers, local Colombians and expats currently living in Colombia. That resulted in a lot of information about traveling in Colombia, safety in Colombia and other travel tips. The most important advice I received I want to share with you here.