by Megan Quitkin - When I promised to take Grace to any country she could conjure up, I intended to fulfill my end of the bargain. But I was worried and, as such, rational thought went out the window. I imagined the worse case scenarios: Grace would contract a mutant form of malaria; civil war would suddenly break out; my family would disown me for endangering both of our lives. I wanted Grace to see the "real" Africa, but I could not schlep her around the continent as if I were traveling solo. At the same time, I didn't want to take her on a luxurious safari where we'd encounter the big five but be deliberately sheltered from the pervasive poverty that plagues some of the world's most beautiful countries.
Enter Globe Aware, a non-profit volunteer vacation company that hooks adventurous travelers up with room, board, cool activities, and a work project to benefit the local community. Think mini Peace Corps. [...]
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