Posts Tagged ‘Galapagos’

Mission Blue

Photo: Eva Schuster, sxc.hu

In a little over a week I am traveling to the Galapagos Islands with the leading green focused tour provider, Ecoventura. I have been so intrigued by the islands for so long, and am truly looking forward to exploring in a responsive and responsible way.

The Galapagos Islands were recently the location of an amazing leap forward for ocean protection around the world. A much larger ship than the one I’ll be on (we’ll only have 20 passengers) took several celebrities and leading marine scientists (including Sylvia Earle, Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Norton, Glenn Close, Elizabeth Banks, Steve Case, Ted Waitt, Bill Joy, Jackson Browne, Damien Rice, Chevy Chase, Jean-Michel Cousteau and 30 of the world’s leading marine scientists) for a think tank excursion that turned into huge action. Mission Blue (committed to preserving enough “Hope Spots” in the seas to “restore the blue heart of the planet” was the uniting force behind this great conluence of inspiration and commitemtns (financial and otherwise).

The full story is found here on the TED Blog. Give a read–it will inspire you.

Planet-friendly Planeterra

The start of this New Year is a time for new beginnings for all of us—travel planning companies included.

Planeterra is a global provider of volunteer vacations, mixing service work in fantastic locales along with some insider exploration of the regions you visit, so your experience with the community runs both deep and wide.

2010 has new offerings, including volunteering in Sichuan, China at the world’s largest panda preserve and also visiting the Great Wall, X’ian, Beijing, and Shanghai. Or you could opt for the new family-friendly volunteer adventure pitching in at a kid-friendly organic farm in Ecuador. There are eleven new projects in the Americas, Asia, and Africa, plus previous client favorites that are still available, some as group trips and some as private arrangements. Your housing (double rooms, shared accommodation, or sometimes living with a local family), most meals, ground transportation, training and equipment, orientation, and escorted adventure exploration tours are all included, and most volunteer vacations with Planeterra average about $85 per day.

Argentina, Peru, El Salvador, Galapagos, Nepal, Cambodia, Laos, South Africa—each provides a new opportunity to help in community improvement programs, education, building projects, animal and habitat conservation, trail building, and more. Planeterra’s Director, Richard G. Edwards, said that more than ever “community development, environmental and wildlife conservation projects around the world need the support of active travelers who are willing to take the time to understand what is needed and how they can help. Our programs are designed with great care, so that everyone genuinely benefits while having fun learning about each other’s cultures.”

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