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Archive for February, 2009


Posted by deborahmclaren on February 20, 2009

You’ll be amazed at all these cool places and people!

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Counting down the days!

Posted by deborahmclaren on February 18, 2009

Next week I’m heading to the Yucatan, the Mayan Riviera! I’m packing already and trying to imagine what its like in 90 degree weather since we’ve just had the coldest January I’ve ever experienced here in Minnesota! I always have that problem and tend to pack way too much. This time I’m bound and determined to get 2 adults and 1 child’s worth of stuff into one suitcase.

CEA Front

CEA Front

We’re going on an ecological educational experience. Anil will take the time off from school so we want to make the most of it. Our plans are participating in the Centro Ecological Akumal Festival!!! This year their theme is Reuse–Recycle–Restore. CEA is planning events and exhibits related to reducing consumption, recycling waste and working to restore Akumal’s ecosystems.

Akumal means “the place of the turtle” in Mayan.  If you can’t make it to the festival you can participate in the adopt-a-baby-turtle program!


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Volunteer Tours Rock!

Posted by deborahmclaren on February 5, 2009

Working with Global Citizens Network and White Earth Land Recovery Project — we’re bringing in a group of families in early April to help out with the maple syrup camps. Families from as far away as Hawaii are heading to Minnesota’s Northwoods to experience the process of tapping trees and boiling the syryp while providing volunteer assistance to Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) families. It will give everyone an opportunity to get to know each other and the volunteers will be able to experience Anishinaabe culture firsthand. However, we’re in the process of lining up some borrowed and donated warm clothes for the volunteers. I imagine the Hawaiians might be in for a cold shock! I’ll report more on this volunteer program in April. In the meantime visit Global Citizen’s Network on the web at

And, WELRP at

A new article on the Transitions Abroad website, “Learning to Love Voluntourists” by Alison Gardner is also available at

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