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Transition Abroad Magazine September/October 2001

Photo Feature

Southeastern Ghana
Beat the Tourists

Largely unvisited villages in southeast Ghana are developing into an adventure travel paradise. Amelia M. Bookstein advises a visit now to beat the tourists there and we present a collection of her photographs.

Special Issue

Volunteer and Work Abroad
Volunteer Vacations
Laurel Seaborn Volunteering on Tall Ships
Susan Griffith Experiencing Australia
April Thompson Working for Peace
Tamara Moots Lessons Learned as a Volunteer with the Peace Corps

Volunteer Program Participant Reports
Michael Steiner Building Homes in Paraguay
Julie Kremen Working with Families in Guatemala
Carol M. Martin Helping Out in Guatemala
Goyo Meyers Solidarity Projects in Guatemala
Matt Lee Teaching in China
Miranda Doyle Sister City Groups Abroad
Mishelle Shepard Peace-Corps Volunteers: Modern-Day Pilgrims

Volunteer Programs Directory
Christine Victorino introduces our 2001-2002 Volunteer Programs Directory and reminds us that the power of “traveling to make a difference” can never be underestimated.
Choosing a Volunteer Placement Organization provides practical tips.

Work Abroad: The Best Resources
We all know we live in a global economy. But if you actually want to work abroad, how do you do it? William Nolting selects from the myriad of books, organizations, and websites that can provide real help--whatever your interest.

Departments

Information Exchange

Taking Care of Business
Mishelle Shepard reports on the best way to pay bills while traveling abroad.
Plus: In Traveler’s Almanac Dave Fox lists celebrations around the world through the end of the year.

The Independent Traveler

Interview
Dr. Clay A. Hubbs talks with Dianne Brause about her years of volunteering and her experience with organized volunteer programs. “You can make a difference,” she says.

Itineraries
Carol Mickelsen Turkey's Turquoise Coast
Korey Capozza Paradise in Greenland
Ina St. Croix Java’s Mount Bromo.

Best Bargains
Kate Robbins Rajasthan Budget Palaces
Rebecca Falkoff Reading Retreats in Italy
Brian Slemming London Accommodations Specials

Disability Travel
David W.E. Smith Paris by Wheelchair

Solo Travel
Russell B. Sunshine Traveling Alone.

Back Door Travel
Rick Steves Enjoying Europe’s Museums.

Working Traveler
Susan Griffith How to Plan for a Career Break and Take a "Radical Sabbatical."
Ron Hamm Working as a Teacher on Navy Ships.

Living Abroad
Expat Reports
Roberta Beach Jacobson Greek Island Life
Jill Gordon Expatriating to London
Mishelle Shepard Paying Bills Back Home
Helen Korengold Japan as It Was.

Education Abroad

Point:Counterpoint
Charles Gliozzo Making a Difference: Volunteering and Education Abroad
Plus Caroline McKay Service in Ghana.

Study Abroad Adviser
Shoshanna Sumka Host Family Experience
Plus: Gary Loach U.K.'s Student Discounts.

Endpage
Mishelle Shepard Topless in Phuket.

From the Publisher

In this International Year of the Volunteer "the global volunteering movement is expanding our understanding of other cultures and helping create greater solidarity among the peoples of the world," writes Christine Victorino in her introduction to our annual list of global volunteer programs.

As I write this note near the scene of the killing last night (July 20) of a young protester at the G-8 meeting of leading industrial countries in Genoa, Italy, global understanding and solidarity seem to be in short supply. President Bush kicked off the meeting by announcing that his go-it-alone views were unchanged. The answer to world poverty, he said, was not more aid but free trade. (Today's Washington Post reports that our country's aid budget stands at 0.1 percent of GDP, the lowest share of any country in the 22-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Bush administration has recommended a further cut.)

Global volunteering, the major topic of this issue, may do little to reduce the plight of the poor. Half of the human race lives on less than $2 a day, and it will take much more than well-meaning volunteers to affect that. However, global volunteering will expand out individual understanding of other cultures. This, I'm sure, in the long run will make a difference and lead to a change in our collective attitude--and behavior--towards the rest of the world.

Mishelle Shepard ("Modern-Day Pilgrims") provides perhaps the most eloquent summation of the benefits of volunteering.

"The end result of our journeys will not be in the individual's story but our combined experience--the shared realm of self-awareness and social consciousness which continues to grow, one pilgrimage at a time."

--Dr. Clay A. Hubbs

Editor and Publisher
Dr. Clay A. Hubbs

International Education Editors
Barbara Burn, William Hoffa, William Nolting

Contributing Editors
Dianne Brause (Socially Responsible Travel)
Dave Fox (Traveler's Almanac)
Susan Griffith (Work)
Cynthia Harriman (Family)
Ron Mader (Latin America)
Deborah McLaren (Ecotourism)
William Nolting (Work)
Volker Poelzl (Living)
Kent St. John (Independent Travel)
Rick Steves (Budget Travel)
Susan Sygall (Disability Travel)
Christine Victorino (Volunteering)
Ann Waigand (Special Interest Travel)
Kathy Widing (Travel Books)

Business Manager
Lisa Green

Production
Gian Lombardo, Kurt Carlson

Content Engineer/New Media
Joe Obeng

Office Manager
Melanie Convery

Printing Publishers Press
Lebanon Junction, KY

Cover Photo
(Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Africa)
Steve Outram