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Join me on a Global Citizens Network trip to India

Posted by deborahmclaren on October 22, 2010

Join me on a unique exploratory tour to India with Global Citizens Network

Global Citizens Network (GCN) is a nonprofit cultural immersion and volunteer program based in Minneapolis. Named one of the four “Best Volunteer Vacations” by National Geographic in 2007, participants recount their cross-cultural expeditions with GCN as being among the most powerful, meaningful experiences of their lives. GCN seeks to share and promote the values of peace, justice, tolerance, cross-cultural understanding and global cooperation by providing opportunities for cross-cultural expeditions with indigenous and other rural peoples around the world.

Join me and GCN staff on an exploratory tour to three unique communities in south Indian – including Tamil Naidu, Pondicherry and Andhra Pradesh. Become part of the network committed to collaborating on sustainable development efforts around the world.

The cost of the trip is $1,850 (not including international airfare) and includes room, board, domestic transportation in India and international emergency medical insurance. Join us January 6-15, 2011. This is a small group with room for only three more people. All ages are welcome although minors must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact us at, Phone: 612.436.8270 | Toll Free: 800.644.9292.

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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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