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Splurger said...

You go! Perfect initiative. Good will support you.

shanna rignall said...

hi i was wondering if you could help i have wonted ot h=get involved in a charity that helps in other countries but i dont no how to get involved if you can help in anyways please e-mail me at thank you.

george said...


This is a wonderful blog! It was a very good read.

I was wondering if you would be interested in guest blogging on my blog. It is a collection of my travels and the travels of my guests. If you scan the site you can see that now almost 100% of the posts are from guests. Lately I’ve been finding many people interested in guest posting.

Included in your post will be a link to your website using whatever anchor text or key words you wish and a description of your site (if you choose to include one.)

My blog ( receives about 2000 visitors a day and that number is steadily growing.

So if you are interested in being a guest, please let me know.

Send me an Email:

Warm Regards,
George Christodoulou
Travel Blogger | OneTravel

Chloe said...

Hi! Just wonderin how you actually go about finding causes on I'm already a member so I know the site, but do you just find people in certain countries you want to go to and ask them if they know of anything? Or do you actually search for charity projects on there... or?
I'd love to do this when I go travelling next year, so would be great to know the ins and outs.
Thanks :)

Unknown said...

Hi, checking if u hv a charity on whole of Dec around SouthEast Asia? will travel around Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and would like to volunteer my time :) -Cyril

Anonymous said...

hey guys !!!! if u are coming to Brazil São Paulo soon pleaaase just let me know... I gonna do something similar in 2011 ;) I would love share experiences with you!

Good Luck and Congratulations
Carlos Alex

hilary said...

Although fairly new to Couch surfing, not new to travelling or volunteering. In december I am going to Uganda to teach kids in an Orphanage in the Southwest of the country, will let you know how it goes.

Sam said...

"A world in which young travelers find professionals responsive to their idealistic intentions..."

Too bad it seems to only be for youth...

And that the website seems to take forever -- and a good computer plus a great connection -- to load. :(

Micka said...

I would like to tell you my happiness to see a promising embryo of the concept "global volunteer network" or "charity travel". I don't believe it existed before I discovered thanks to CS the project charity travel and the group charity travel. It's a good surprise for me. I'm young and I like to travel. I would like in my future mix travel and humanitarian actions. But it's true I was wondering how I was going...So happy to see there are a lot of people ready to do charity travels and already a lot of websites...

Congratulation for your actions all over the world. I admire you. You are for me a example to follow.

I want to speak about an experience which approximates your concept (volunteering).
This year I wanted to involve in a humanitarian association because I had enough time. I chose an association I know well. It's Solidarités International which is an association of emergency assistance: eat, drink and shelter are its key words. Solidarités is particularly involved in issues related to water and its actions touch us (we are two in the project). Solidarités is a french association involved in 16 countries today. This association created a good concept to create our own collect (always for the association). It's the same concept that charitywater.

This summer we want to mix travel and support to the association : we did 400 km afoot trough the Reunion Island to promote access to safe drinking water and sanitation (July 2010). Before we began our trip we had done a sponsorship campaign of our kilometers and the highest peaks of the island. The donors had the opportunity to follow our journey on

We carried in our backpack flyers, magazines, stickers and badges that we distributed. On each of our backpacks, there was a message: "Everyday 22 000 people die because a waterborn disease" and "900 millions people without access to drinking water". Thus we attracted attention of walkers. We also encouraged walkers to sign the petition of the association for the big rendez-vous in 2012 : international forum of water. The petition request "safe drinking water for everyone". I invite you to sign it on and spread this petition.

You can see our web page here
There is a translation in english.

Good continuation.

Micka (France)

RT said...

hi, i've been travelling around the world on a similar project for the last year - see - so far helped about 70 projects in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, India, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand where I am right now. Heading from here to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and then Indonesia. After that will head to countries in Africa - route not determined yet. Here's the full list of projects I've helped - - would be great to connect with you both. Maybe a chat over Skype? My email is

Jen said...

I was wondering if you knew how an north American can start a non-profit to Cuba working with sustainability and Children. Just found your page and hoping someone in cyberspace may be able to help guide me in a direction

Thank you

Henk Rigter said...

Wow, we are three guys from The Netherlands, that do about the same. Please, do check out our website and contact us for a possible co-operation or something! if you put '/en' at the end of that, you'll see the English version.

Cheers and good luck!

zablon said...

We went through your site and I would like to you to include our site ( in your website. We run international volunteer, intern, travel opportunities and programs in Africa. We run an organization called Volunteer Capital Centre; it is registered in the UK. We have volunteer abroad programs in Africa.

We work with various nonprofit organizations in Africa who provide numerous opportunities and programs for the volunteers. The programs offered are locally based, they are drawn up by the nonprofit organizations, and they are meant to meet their goals. The programs offered are flexible in that the volunteer gets to choose the number of hours they are going to work. Also they choose the number of days they are going to work.

We hope to get a favorable response from you. We hope our organization could help you realize your goals. If there is any more information that you require from us please inform us.

gemini123 said...

I have been so inspired by your charity travel. I am hoping to go to Portugal next year (July of 2011) and would love to spend the time doing something that allows me to feel like I have contributed to this earth as I enjoy its beauty at the same time. Any suggestions or connections that can help me start getting my plans into action..I love working with children, adults and am pretty easy going! I speak several different languages but not's on my list...hope that someone out there reads this and can get me started in the right path...Kudos for starting such a transformative movement...peace. Maleka

Ps..I can be reached at: www.

Dave Bentele said...

I am from Timmins Ontario Canada and have not travelled since I was twenty I am forty five now. I am looking for a worth while experience in South Africa...Can you help me get started?


Anonymous said...

Useful and inspiring website! Keep up the good work.

Daniele Rinaudo

Anonymous said...

This is your CSing friend in Los Angeles, Jawn. I thought I'd peruse your Charity Travel and other Kamiel Travel blog before I send you an email. It has been a joy to read about your adventures, travels, and charity work in Africa and Southeast Asia. Since we crossed paths in Los Angeles, it has been a godspeed for you and I am glad for you.
Best regards my friend,

Kathrin Hill said...

Dear couch surfing friends,
With great interest I have read your articels. Being a voluntray assistant to the tibetan Geyje Norling Monastery I am searching for a voluntary english teacher for our monks in Arunachal Pradesh, India.
The teachings should last for 4 to 6 month. The volunteer will receive free boarding and food at the monastery. It would suite the situation well if the teacher was male. That would make the stay for all sides much easier.
If you wish more detailed information please contact me at and check out our web sites at

Kat Hill

Khoa Nguyen said...

I can help translate parts of your website into Vietnamese. If you are interested, you can find me on facebook by this email

Unknown said...

Hi there,
I am currently in Kuala Lumpur and have a strong interest in the Myanmar Child Refugees School. I wanted to know if you have any contact information for the school as I would love to visit and learn more about it.
Thank you,
Jessica McEntee
p.s. We met in Vientiane!

Anonymous said...

Hi I think this is going to be (I hope) the future perspective of human beings life. I wonder why do you choose just -in the case of Argentina- just 2 provinces? Greetings and goog luck!

More than a game said...

I like what you are doing very much. I am in the embryonic stage with my own project, which is similar but focuses on sport+travel charity.
I will have a new domain name soon but, for the moment, you can find out about my plans here:

I also like the fact that you are linking to other projects & blogs that you like, such as, which I enjoyed reading last night - nice one!
If anybody would like to give me any feedback about my site that would be much appreciated as I am certainly in the learning curve stage.

Amy Love said...

The term "kindmankind" is not kind to all of us. This will be my first installment offering ideas and hopefully the inspiration to you to open your hearts and minds and hopefully change the hurtful term MAN in kind MAN kind. Thank you.

"This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (June 2010)

Gender-neutral language, gender-inclusive language, inclusive language or gender neutrality is linguistic prescriptivism that aims to eliminate (or neutralize) reference to gender in terms that describe people. For example, the words chairman, fireman, lesbian, and stewardess are gender-specific; the corresponding gender-neutral terms are chairperson (or chair), firefighter, gay person (or gay), and flight attendant. The pronoun he may be replaced with he or she or s/he when the gender of the person referred to is unknown. Other gender-specific terms, such as actor and actress may be replaced by the originally male term (actor used for either gender). "Gender-neutral language" should not be confused with genderless language, which refers to languages without grammatical gender.

Advocates of gender-neutral language believe it promotes inclusion of all sexes or genders (gender-inclusive language), and that traditional terms are sexist. Opponents[who?] may consider the traditional terms to be non-sexist (e.g., "steward" and "stewardess" as distinct but equal terms) or may accept the pronoun "he" as a generic for both genders.

Various forms of gender-neutral language became a common feature in written and spoken versions of many languages in the late twentieth century. Feminists argue that previously the practice of assigning masculine gender to generic antecedents stemmed from language reflecting "the prejudices of the society in which it evolved, and English evolved through most of its history in a male-centered, patriarchal society.[1]"

Various languages employ different means to achieve gender neutrality. See the following articles for specific discussions:

Gender neutrality in English
Gender-neutrality in languages with grammatical gender
Gender-neutrality in genderless languages

A distinct issue arises in Japanese – the Japanese language does not have grammatical gender, but the speech of men and women differ – see gender differences in spoken Japanese. In this context, gender-neutrality refers to eliminating these differences from the language – for men and women to speak the same. This characteristic of Japanese is unusual among major languages – while intonation differs between men and women in many languages,[citation needed] use of distinctly different grammar and vocabulary is unusual".
from WIKI

Amy Love said...

more information to explain why the nomenclature "kindmankind" is damaging. I am impressed that WIKI has all of this information. Here is some more for you to read, thank you:"Sociohistorical linguistics, or historical sociolinguistics, is the study of the relationship between language and society in its historical dimension. A typical question in this field would, for instance, be: “How were the verb endings -s and -th (he loves vs. he loveth) distributed in Middle English society” or “When did people use French, when did they use English in 14th-century England?”

Sociohistorical linguistics is a relatively new field of linguistic research which represents a merger of two distinct sub-disciplines of linguistics; sociolinguistics and historical (or diachronic) linguistics. Researchers in this field use sociolinguistic methods to explain historical change. This approach is particularly useful when language-internal data alone is unable to account for some seemingly inexplicable developments. Instead of relying solely upon intra-linguistic evidence and data to explain language change, socio-historical linguists search for extra-linguistic causes of change. One of the seminal works in the field is Romaine (1982)'s Socio-Historical Linguistics. Other studies such as John McWhorter's work, The Missing Spanish Creoles, are more specific in this case examining the extra-linguistic reasons why there are no creoles with Spanish as a lexifier language (as opposed to English, French, Dutch, Portuguese, etc.).historical developments.
For those who question the validity of socio-historical linguistics, it is a field of conjecture rather than solid conclusions. Those arguing for the validity of socio-historical linguistics reply that it is better to use what remaining textual evidence is available to begin to posit likely scenarios rather than leave some questions completely unanswered. Methods such as social network theory (cf. Lesley Milroy) that look at human interactions and their effects on the larger society are particularly well-suited to socio-historical research".

Amy Love said...

The other problem with kind MAN kind is that it is based on a gender binary system. When in fact there are more than two genders. Again, this is another example as to why your choice of this term is hurtful.

Amy Love said...

more quotes for you:

"Imposing discursive norms such as “mankind” or “he”, the other team perpetuates the world into a masculine norm where women become invisible. female ones seen as deviant. Some have claimed that the use of generics 'he'/,him'/,his', as well as 'man'/'mankind' and expressions like 'the man in the street', to refer to both men and women, reinforces this binary understanding of norm and deviance, promotes male imagery, and makes women invisible. These claims exemplify the 'dominance approach' (see Chapter 2), in that the use of generic expressions is seen to be preventing women from expressing and raising consciousness about their own experience, and perpetuating men's domi- nance and exploitative behaviour. ....Man is not gender neutral—interchanging it with people perpetuates gender inequality.He” is not gender neutral —using both pronouns establishes equality.The phrase “you guys” and nouns ending in “man” subsume women under a masculine discourse.We must remove all sexist language from our vocabulary to solve.Whenever we use the word man we come to view them as the superior sex and only promotes the dichotomy between the two sexes"

These are from different sources. If you do print this here, please let me know, and I will cite references formally. In addition, it is interesting to note that it is only talking about the ill effects on women, where as the study as to the ill effects on transgender, transexual, gender queer, et. al is a newer study. said...

Dear Ms. Yeon Choi and Mr.Kamiel Che,

Hello! It has been a pleasure to follow your Tumblr blog posts and articles, which I found very inspiring and down to earth. I love how your articles encourage volunteering, charity, and include your spunky personality. As a fellow blogger, I have found that there are a lot of challenges to meeting and understanding the locals and discovering new places, and I was wondering if you may have something to add about interactions with strangers?

I am currently assisting on a film that captures the spirit of traveling in the US, titled “American Bear: An Adventure in the Kindness of Strangers,” and thought your readers may be interested in learning about it? We were wondering if you would be interested in writing a post or doing a personalized guest post about the film for the blog website? We are really trying to get the ideas and enthusiasm that you touch upon out to our audiences, and we would really appreciate the help.

“American Bear” centers on an exploration two independent documentary filmmakers take on as they travel across the country for 60 days relying on nothing but the kindness of strangers for shelter each night. The insight that they shed on subjects such as community, trust, patriotism, spirituality, and nature are very powerful.

Please feel free to check out our trailer at: and contact us at Also on our website, if you would like, please feel free to submit a Your Voice post, where a contribution of your travel experiences would be a great addition. Thank you for your time.



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