Every year more and more people are traveling to Latin America to live, work, travel, and learn. And while these adventure seekers continue to check out the vast cultural, social, and environmental riches of the region—from the samba to tango, the Panama Canal to Patagonia—they are also increasingly looking for new ways to get involved. Instead of simply being a guest in their host communities, many are seeking to connect on a deeper level by helping out in whatever way they can — as volunteers, interns, friends, colleagues, and leaders.
If this sounds like you, share your experiences via the La Vida Idealist blog!
La Vida Idealist is a group blog that gathers stories and resources from idealists throughout Latin America into one space. From simple steps for volunteering abroad to dealing with conflicting emotions post-experience, creating your own volunteer project to musings on what it means to be a foreigner, the wealth of information you will find spans a wide range of topics. By including an array of voices that speak to the positive and not-so-positive aspects of community work abroad, we hope to inspire you, to support you, but most importantly, to help you remember that you are not alone in your own journey.
Currently, we are looking to expand our community of bloggers to include voices from countries we haven’t yet covered. So if you’re already rolling your r’s (or are about to) and have a knack for storytelling, we’d love to hear from you. To learn more and apply, go to: http://idealist.org/lavida/bloggeropp
[This blog entry appeared on an older version of Idealist; any broken links are a result of having re-launched our site in Fall 2010.]