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Volunteer and Student Travel 2015/16

Live Hangout

On the 27th of February we hosted the first of three Google Hangouts in our offices in Brighton with a number of special guests from various volunteering companies and charities to discuss the changing nature of volunteer travel and how we see it developing in the coming 12 months.

We were joined by:

·         Will Jones – Head of Marketing – i-to-i

·         Stefan Waffen – Year Out Group

·         Roger Selway – GM – Oyster Worldwide

·         Leonie Martin – Marketing & Engagement...

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Fundraising with i-to-i: Sophie's Hints and Tips

i-to-I’s Sophie is an expert fundraiser; she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. She has some awesome tips; it sounds like University blind date went down a storm! Check out Sophie’s blog below and find out how YOU could fundraise your way to your next adventure...

When I was in my first year at University, I signed up to climb Kilimanjaro for a charity that helped local Tanzanian communities in the foothills of the mountain. I had to raise £2200 altogether, with a...

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Welcome to i-to-i's Google Hangout!

Want to find out more about the travel industry? Here are i-to-i we're passionate about keeping our travellers up to date with what's going on in the world, from updating our social media with progress from our projects to our sustainability report which goes into depth about how we run i-to-i in a responsible, sustainable manner.

To keep you all in the loop with what's hot in the volunteering industry, we've decided to run a series of expert Google Hangouts to bring you all the latest news...

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Volunteering in South Africa - Hannah Stephens

Hannah volunteered at our 'Work with Children in a Township' project back in October as a part of our 20 year Challenge. A couple of months on, she's filled us in about her experience and some tips she discovered from her travels in SA!

Projects Visited: Work with children in a township near Cape Town

Thoughts: The project at Masi is really fun and the energy from the kids is infectious.  The people in Masi are really  friendly and welcoming and the kids keep you going when you get tired.

How...

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8 reasons why you should volunteer, and visit Nepal

Looking to explore somewhere a bit different this year? Head to Nepal. From the incredible Himilayas to the fascinating culture, there's always something amazing to discover.

i-to-i's Alicia has been visiting Nepal for 11 years, and keeps getting drawn back for more. Check out her top eight reasons why you should visit too!

1. Tick one off the bucket list and see Mount Everest- Trek to Everest Base Camp or take a scenic flight. Or you can change this to the Himalayas

2. You can’t visit Nepal...

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Top 8 reasons why you should volunteer with wildlife

Looking to start your year off with a 'roar'? Volunteering with wildlife is as good as it gets... check out our top 6 reasons to head out into the wild and start experiencing life!

1) See a different side to the world: These animals aren't just cuddly and cute – and that’s not what we’re all about! Find out more about them as a species from the experts and take your time out to learn and grow.

2) Get to know them behind the scenes: Who else can say they've walked next to a lion, or tracked...

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A Snap Shot of Volunteering as an Intern on our Wildlife Conservation Project in Sri Lanka

Chris Cheng is a student at the University of Kent, majoring in Wildlife Conservation. In August 2014 Chris set off from England to Sri Lanka on an internship to our project in Sri Lanka.

Before travelling to Sri Lanka Chris worked as an office assistant at a dog shelter and had volunteered at a bird theatre in a theme park in England.

In Chris’s final year he had to write a dissertation on a topic of his choice to graduate. Chris wanted to study elephants and came across our elephant research...

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We have a winner!

After two rounds of entries, much deliberation (and a judging panel of travel geniuses) later… we have a winner of our 20 Year Challenge competition!

We were super impressed with Hannah Stephen’s entry – her suggestion being that they curate a vegetable patch in our ‘Work with Children in a Township’ project in South Africa.

Hannah was so excited when she heard the news:

‘I am ecstatic to have won the competition, there were some great ideas put forward and I'm privileged to be able to...

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Top 7 Reasons Why Volunteering Boosts your Employability

It's Results Day tomorrow. GULP. If you're planning on not going to uni this year, you've just finished or you're just planning a couple of weeks off work, then volunteering could be you.

So, how does volunteering boost your CV?

1) Gain New Skills

By getting stuck in on one of our volunteering projects, you're sure to pick up a load of new skills along the way. Ever needed to showcase an example of 'teamwork' in an interview process? This is it!

2) Employers Rate It

We conducted a survey that...

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Conservation Effort: Belize Style!

Want to do something worthwhile this year? Join our Dive and Marine Conservation project in Belize this September and help our team in country support the local marine population during 'Lionfish month'.

Over the last five years the lionfish population has exploded, with devastating consequences for other marine life in Belize. With an extremely high rate of reproduction (and no predators) they're known to eat other forms of endangered wildlife, and damage the ecological landscape. 

By...

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