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Singing peace songs at the Berlin Wall in 1988

Posted on November 9th, 2014 by Laura Byrne Paquet

We were a vaguely hippie-ish group of 20-somethings with a guitar and the lyrics to “We Shall Overcome.” They were two camouflage-clad soldiers with guns in a jeep on the other side of a barbed wire fence, which bisected what had once been a road between East and West Germany. In 1988, despite our bravado, […]

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Year of Geography: Antigua and Barbuda

Posted on January 29th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Antigua and Barbuda is the first country on the Year of Geography list I’ve actually visited. Granted, I was about 15 on my only trip of more than 24 hours; the other visits were quick stops on the way to and from Montserrat. But I did get to spend a very long night on one […]

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The view from Cameroon

Posted on January 23rd, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

British ex-pat Steve Jackson writes a somewhat colourful, often cranky and usually entertaining blog called Our Man in Cameroon, documenting his life as a VSO worker in Africa. In a recent post, he wonders why the development charity is having trouble recruiting the 10 people needed for his location in Bamenda, and grouses that many […]

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Video: Voluntourism and "aliens" in Peru

Posted on November 27th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Peru mountain biker

Courtesy of, an Aussie travel insurance and travel services company, comes this great 25-minute documentary about a volunteer project to build a bridge and a water faucet in the village of Qelqanqa in the Peruvian Andes, southeast of Lima. A page on the WorldNomads site provides more details on the project. The trip was […]

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Travel sustainably in Southeast Asia

Posted on July 9th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Heading to Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos? You might be interested in checking out Stay Another Day. This organization gives travellers the chance to meet, work with or stay with local people while supporting environmental and development projects. Opportunities include the chance to tour a handicraft workshop near Angkor Wat in Cambodia and to enjoy a […]

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