*Guest Post* – Voluntourism, Is it worthwhile?

A great blog post by Bec Ordish, Founder and Director of the Mitrataa Foundation in Nepal. Read on to find her thoughts and advice on choosing the right volunteering opportunities abroad. As voluntourism increases in popularity, so do the inevitable scams which seek to take advantage of unsuspecting tourists. This is particularly the case in […]

Selamat Hari Natal – Party Day!

It is less than week to Christmas and though they don’t celebrate Christmas here, as with anywhere they are always up for a party and so organise a party is just what I did. I woke at 6am to meet Iluh and head to market to buy food to cook a Balinese feast for her […]

Christmas Crafting

It was my last day at the kindergarten today, the class seemed busier than usual with 40 children, perhaps they are all eager to get their end of term reports and the free breakfast, or perhaps word had got out about my amazing singing… Perhaps not. As with the last day of term in the […]

A Free Tour… Is this Volunteering?

Today I was asked to take a trip to the Bali hot springs and students who were studying various tourism modules at college would be my tour guides. In exchange I would give them a chance to practice their touring skills, their English and would report back to their teacher on how they did and […]

First days teaching Kindergarten in Bali

Well whoever thinks teaching little kids is easier than older is sadly mistaken. Wow! It has been only 3 mornings in the classroom and I am shattered! My first morning I took a backseat and watched to see how things went in the classroom, with less than 1.5 hours of actual teaching this would be […]