Maine author John MarshallSafe Passage was recently featured, along with eight other organizations around the world, in a Fodor's Travel article by Maine native author John Marshall. The article showcases volunteer travel experience options for families or individuals looking for new places to visit, and organizations seeking volunteers. Voluntourism, the name for this sort of adventure, is for travelers who want to combine volunteering with tourism trips, giving back to the communities that they visit.

The author's recent book, Wide-Open World, follows the Marshall family as they volunteer their way around the globe, living in a monkey sanctuary in Costa Rica, teaching English in rural Thailand, and caring for orphans in India. In the article for Fodor's Travel, John Marshall writes: 

A few years back, my wife and I took a six-month trip with our two teenage children where we volunteered our way around the world. Not only was this a much cheaper way to travel, it was far more meaningful and transformative than any hotel-restaurant-museum trip I’ve ever been on. Working with local projects as part of local communities not only impacts the lives of the people you are helping, but it can also dramatically alter your own life, as I can say from first-hand experience. For anyone hungry to connect, to give back, and to see the world in an entirely new way, here are a few recommendations for your next volunteer travel experience. – John Marshall, 9 IDEAS FOR YOUR NEXT VOLUNTEER TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Along with Safe Passage, the article featured the OSA Wildlife Sanctuary, Chile; the National Park Service for America-bound tourists, throughout the United States; and Project WOO (Wave of Optimism), Nicaragua.

Visit our Volunteer page to learn more about volunteering with us both in the United States and in Guatemala. Safe Passage would like to thank Fodor's Travel and author John Marshall for featuring Safe Passage and spreading awareness about voluntourism around the world!