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Make a Difference Have you 'made a difference' while travelling, by fundraising or donating time and energy to a worthwhile cause such as wildlife conservation or tsunami reconstruction efforts? Tell us how you did it, what the experience was like, and how others can help. Are you a non-profit organisation or individual who knows of an opportunity for travellers to help out in a less developed country? Tell us about it and provide contact details here.
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Old 26 Jul 2011
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Canada, and USA volunteering trip

Hello everyone! I just wanted to post this up. Did you know that you can volunteer your time to help give back to the communities you travel through?

The Muskoka Foundation is a non-profit NGO that runs volunteer projects for disadvantaged people here in the USA and Canada, as well as in several countries on four other continents around the world. The article below was recently featured in the 'Overland News' and I wanted to pass it along. The foundation has programs in Photography, IT, small business, entrepreneurship, music, athletics and more! These programs can be run at any of nine different locations in the USA and Canada alone. If you, or anyone you know is planning a trip through the USA or Canada, please send me an e-mail at brian@themuskokafoundation.org and let us see if we have a worth while project for you.

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The Muskoka Foundation, whose tagline is “Use What You Know to Do Good as You Go,” is getting the summer off to a great start with programs for travelers throughout Canada, USA, Latin America and Africa. Many overlanders don’t realize how much of a difference they can make in their own backyards: Muskoka has volunteering locations in Inuvik, along the Top of the World Highway; in Seward, along the spectacular Kenai Peninsula; and down to Canyon de Chelley in Arizona, to name a few.

Songhees youth Brianna Dick at the Victoria, B.C., art gallery show after the workshop run by Ann Lockley earlier this year.

Muskoka runs programs for youth in photography, entrepreneurship, IT, and business, as well as “no volunteering skills required” programs in music and artisan crafts. The foundation provides all the equipment, contacts, and curriculum to get volunteers started, all you need to do is show up.
Muskoka’s youth photography program has been particularly successful, with sales of photo calendars and gallery shows benefiting many worthy projects. Many of the workshops are being run by volunteers recruited at Overland Expo.



One such project was hosted at Casa Hogar in Baja, Mexico, with a group of young boys ready to learn and get a leg-up on life. Muskoka Travelers Robert and Martine spent a weekend exploring with the boys and teaching them how to take a great shot. In addition to the workshop, visitors and exhibitors at Overland Expo 2011 raised funds to support the orphanage: special thanks to the Camel Trophy team & Pete Sweetser, who raised $1000 for Casa Hogar through their posters, as well as the generosity of Doug Hackney and Chris Scott. In all, over $2,000 went to support Casa Hogar.

Casa Hogar in Baja, Mexico: Alan’s proud smile holding up his certificate from a Muskoka Photography Workshop.


Contact The Muskoka Foundation to find out more about how you can get involved, or to pass on suggested programs to support. themuskokafoundation.org and Twitter: @dogoodasyougo
So why not take the time to USE WHAT YOU KNOW TO DO GOOD AS YOU GO!

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The Muskoka Foundation - Volunteer Programs For Overland Travelers
"Use what you know, to do good as you go."
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Old 5 Aug 2011
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Here are some of the photos that have been taken by our youth photography program students!

Remember, these kids just want to learn what you already know! No one will make money on this, we only exchange knowledge and a chance to give back to the communities we are already going to!







So why not, come and inspire some wonderful youth, help them to see the beauty in nature, and enjoy the world around them a little more through photography! We supply the curriculum, the cameras, and the students, all you need to do is spend a little of your hard earned time and Use What You Know To Do Good As You Go!

ALSO DON'T FORGET!!!

We have one of these partner communities all around the USA and Canada, likely there is one within just a few days ride/drive for you!

You can spend some time there this summer, and enjoy some of the wonderful trails while you are there!

HOW Is that so? Well the program is set up for YOU to enjoy! You spend half the day teaching, and the rest of the time wheeling, hiking, shopping with your spouse, whatever!!


If you want to get involved just check out the web page, and click the "Get Involved" link!
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Motorcycles & Doing Good

You might find these pages helpful:

Motorcycles in Development / Aid / Relief & Volunteer Efforts
Motorcycles in Development / Aid / Relief & Volunteer Efforts
This isn't so much about volunteers going to developing countries and using motorcycles for relief efforts; rather, these efforts are more about local people being trained to ride and service motorcycles themselves as a part of such efforts, which not only helps get aid, including medicine, where it needs to go, but also helps create small businesses. At the bottom of the page is advice for individuals and small groups who want to use their motorcycles and travels to help others.

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transire benefaciendo
"to travel along while doing good."
transire benefaciendo - travel and do good
Advice for those that want to travel and help others and/or help the environment, including by motorcycle. Includes how to be a "good" tourist, advice for doing "good" on vacation in a developing country, volunteer vacation programs, volunteering on your own abroad (outside of a formal program) and where to find long-term opportunities for highly-skilled people?
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Here are some new photos from our photo contest we have been running. Remember these photos are all taken by Youth, who are learning from outdoors enthusiasts like yourselves, who simply have taken some time to volunteer their skills to teach those who do not have access to the knowledge we all already possess!






We have need of your skills, so why not volunteer your time to USE WHAT YOU KNOW TO DO GOOD AS YOU GO?



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The Muskoka Foundation - Volunteer Programs For Overland Travelers
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The Muskoka Foundation | Making Change Makers
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You might find these pages helpful:

Thanks Jayne, I will check those out right now!

Regards,
Brian

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Keeping kids safe?

I'll be sure to mention your somewhere on my web site - but I'm curious about one thing: How do you ensure the kids are kept safe when interacting with the volunteers? Not so much looking for criminal background checks of volunteers but more policies and procedures - do you ensure traveling volunteers are never left alone with children, unsupervised, that kids never give volunteers their contact info (full names, physical address, phone number, email), etc.?
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