This past July I had such a thoroughly satisfying experience living, volunteering, and traveling with Venture with Impact in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, that I can only describe it as perfect. Having been through a divorce barely a year earlier, I had many needs from this trip. The Big Three—I needed to recover from an emotionally painful and exhausting 2018. I needed to prove to myself that I was going to continue having global adventures, even without a partner, and I needed to start meeting personal goals that I had been putting off for years…
Venture With Impact made a great time in Lisbon possible. Ann and Tai, the local experience directors, made sure that the others in the Lisbon June program were set up in comfortable apartments, with local organizations, and in the city. Before and throughout the month they were there for us, checking in, arranging dinners, Fado night, a Portuguese lesson, and a field trip across the river to fishing villages for an electric bike tour. They really know the town and helped us integrate. Really it was concierge service.
Venturer Sara Beaumont describes her magical experience in Lisbon this past June: '“I didn’t see this experience coming. It’s the very first stamp on my passport. Looking back, I’m overwhelmed by the magic of the first days in Lisbon and the impact of the journey over the course of the month. If you’re considering a trip with VWI, then do it! It’s a perfect time.”
INFOGRAPHIC. The life of a digital nomad can certainly be appealing for many. While it’s possible to achieve, it does require extensive research, careful management of finances, and discipline. The good news is that practically anyone can become a nomad if the right steps are followed. The bad news? It will take a lot of planning and patience on your part. Fortunately, we’ve got an infographic that outlines several essential steps to take in order to become a digital nomad!
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.