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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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