Just Another Day on the Beaches of Costa Rica

I run a social enterprise that helps people travel and volunteer with animals.

It’s wonderful. New and experienced travelers come to me to help find the perfect animal volunteer experience and I sometimes literally make their dreams come true.

My job, realistically, is 90% spent behind a computer. Figuring out new volunteer placements, finding more volunteers, training them and helping them feel comfortable and, of course, getting them to the placement safe and sound and back again.

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Nora Livingstone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Animal Experience International, a B Corp that matches animal lovers with beneficial and adventurous volunteer experiences around the world. She has volunteered with animals in more than 25 countries, including Croatia, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, and Guatemala. Nora holds a double major from Trent University in Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology and holds internationally recognized certifications for guiding, leadership, crisis intervention, and deployment during natural disasters. She carries a tiny plastic horse and stuffed mouse with her every time she travels.
http://www.animalexperienceinternational.com/
https://twitter.com/animal_intl
http://instagram.com/animalinternational/
https://www.facebook.com/animalexperienceinternational
 

How to Prevent Jetlag From Annihilating Your Life

“Passengers, fasten your seatbelts. Prepare for jet lag.”

While flight attendants don’t announce this, it probably wouldn’t hurt if they did.

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Culture Shock in the Produce Aisle

Now what?

Culture shock when I was younger was laying in a sleeping bag in the mountains of Nepal stuffing Kit Kats into my face. It was the big, hard differences that brought on equally big and hard coping methods.

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Nora Livingstone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Animal Experience International, a B Corp that matches animal lovers with beneficial and adventurous volunteer experiences around the world. She has volunteered with animals in more than 25 countries, including Croatia, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, and Guatemala. Nora holds a double major from Trent University in Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology and holds internationally recognized certifications for guiding, leadership, crisis intervention, and deployment during natural disasters. She carries a tiny plastic horse and stuffed mouse with her every time she travels.
http://www.animalexperienceinternational.com/
https://twitter.com/animal_intl
http://instagram.com/animalinternational/
https://www.facebook.com/animalexperienceinternational
 

Grief and Geckos in Malawi

In February of last year I lost my best friend: Julia.

It was awful for all of us. We saw it coming (cancer) but it also caught us off guard (people who are larger than life aren’t supposed to die). I spent the better part of the year trying to figure out WTF had happened. I tried to do self care and sort out life with a massive hole in it.

Would things be changed forever? Certainly.

Would I ever feel completely normal? The jury still seems out on that one.

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Nora Livingstone's picture

Nora Livingstone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Animal Experience International, a B Corp that matches animal lovers with beneficial and adventurous volunteer experiences around the world. She has volunteered with animals in more than 25 countries, including Croatia, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, and Guatemala. Nora holds a double major from Trent University in Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology and holds internationally recognized certifications for guiding, leadership, crisis intervention, and deployment during natural disasters. She carries a tiny plastic horse and stuffed mouse with her every time she travels.
http://www.animalexperienceinternational.com/
https://twitter.com/animal_intl
http://instagram.com/animalinternational/
https://www.facebook.com/animalexperienceinternational
 

Cuba: An Island Slowly Evolving While We Watch

Past, Present, and Future

Socialism or Death!

That is what a wall mural outside Havana said as I was being dropped off at the Jose Marti Airport of Havana in a 1941 Chevy. But in experiencing the island country for five days, I too related to the statement of our host and Cuban filmmaker, Pedro Navarro, who believes that Cuba is rediscovering itself and at the edge of its best possible progress in over 50 years.

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Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.

He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.

His work has been featured by the Huffington PostElephant JournalBlog Talk RadioThe NYC Social Innovation FestivalSocial Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an etsy.org business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!

Picking a Green Hotel and More Eco-Travel Tips

Eco travel has always been in my blood.

I grew up in the woods of New Hampshire and have always had a love for nature, animals, and adventure. From a very young age I had the joy of experiencing some of North America's most special and beautiful places.

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The Green Divas share low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green through a weekly radio show, podcasts, videos and blog posts. Working with talented partners and credible sources, the Green Divas produce content on a variety of topics relating to a healthy green lifestyle. Visit The Green Divas website to learn more, and check out The Green Divas on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter too!

Ancient Sacred Sites - Magnificent and Mysterious

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Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all. With roots deep in the Amazon rainforest, Pachamama Alliance programs integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. www.pachamama.org
 

How Conscious Travel Can Be a Catalyst for Change

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Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all. With roots deep in the Amazon rainforest, Pachamama Alliance programs integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. www.pachamama.org
 

Kickapoo to K Street - An Organic Odyssey

On the Organic Trail

I have taken many a circuitous journey not the least of which was a mid-May tour dedicated to organic food and agriculture. Varied in scenery and scape, it offered resolutions of grandeur and revelations of growth. On this excursion, I discovered new evidence of organic vitality and vigor while sampling many of its succulent edible delights, all in the company of friends and heart family.

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Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

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Sea turtle floating and looking directly at camera.
10/04/2018
I run a social enterprise that helps people travel and volunteer with animals. It’s wonderful. New and experienced travelers come to me to help find the perfect animal volunteer experience and I... read more
Coffee house workers and customers
09/12/2018
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In recent years, the big catchphrase in travel has been about being “local”. In most cases this has meant getting outside the cities, invading smaller villages in the countryside, and asking local... read more
View of airplane seats from the back of the plane.
08/18/2018
Anonymous (not verified)
“Passengers, fasten your seatbelts. Prepare for jet lag.” While flight attendants don’t announce this, it probably wouldn’t hurt if they did. Traveling from one country to another, losing... read more
Stack of avocados
06/10/2018
Now what? Culture shock when I was younger was laying in a sleeping bag in the mountains of Nepal stuffing Kit Kats into my face. It was the big, hard differences that brought on equally big and... read more
Close up of gecko with deep red filter
05/16/2018
In February of last year I lost my best friend: Julia. It was awful for all of us. We saw it coming (cancer) but it also caught us off guard (people who are larger than life aren’t supposed to die... read more
A street in Havana, Cuba with old car.
04/05/2017
Past, Present, and Future Socialism or Death! That is what a wall mural outside Havana said as I was being dropped off at the Jose Marti Airport of Havana in a 1941 Chevy. But in experiencing... read more
Woman on bike with basket wearing hat.
11/02/2016
Eco travel has always been in my blood. I grew up in the woods of New Hampshire and have always had a love for nature, animals, and adventure. From a very young age I had the joy of... read more
Stonehenge England against stark blue sky.
10/19/2016
by Jocelyn Mercado | Pachamama Alliance The sacred buildings of the ancient world point to the highly developed intelligence of the civilizations that constructed them. Awe-inspiring... read more
U.S. passport with plane ticket behind it.
10/12/2016
by Arielle Anthony | Pachamama Alliance As a frequent traveler, I find joy in interacting with locals and learning about their lives and cultures. Early on, I realized that many international... read more

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Sea turtle floating and looking directly at camera.
10/04/2018
I run a social enterprise that helps people travel and volunteer with animals. It’s wonderful. New and experienced travelers come to me to help find the perfect animal volunteer experience and I... read more
Coffee house workers and customers
09/12/2018
Anonymous (not verified)
In recent years, the big catchphrase in travel has been about being “local”. In most cases this has meant getting outside the cities, invading smaller villages in the countryside, and asking local... read more
View of airplane seats from the back of the plane.
08/18/2018
Anonymous (not verified)
“Passengers, fasten your seatbelts. Prepare for jet lag.” While flight attendants don’t announce this, it probably wouldn’t hurt if they did. Traveling from one country to another, losing... read more
Stack of avocados
06/10/2018
Now what? Culture shock when I was younger was laying in a sleeping bag in the mountains of Nepal stuffing Kit Kats into my face. It was the big, hard differences that brought on equally big and... read more
Close up of gecko with deep red filter
05/16/2018
In February of last year I lost my best friend: Julia. It was awful for all of us. We saw it coming (cancer) but it also caught us off guard (people who are larger than life aren’t supposed to die... read more
A street in Havana, Cuba with old car.
04/05/2017
Past, Present, and Future Socialism or Death! That is what a wall mural outside Havana said as I was being dropped off at the Jose Marti Airport of Havana in a 1941 Chevy. But in experiencing... read more
Woman on bike with basket wearing hat.
11/02/2016
Eco travel has always been in my blood. I grew up in the woods of New Hampshire and have always had a love for nature, animals, and adventure. From a very young age I had the joy of... read more
Stonehenge England against stark blue sky.
10/19/2016
by Jocelyn Mercado | Pachamama Alliance The sacred buildings of the ancient world point to the highly developed intelligence of the civilizations that constructed them. Awe-inspiring... read more
U.S. passport with plane ticket behind it.
10/12/2016
by Arielle Anthony | Pachamama Alliance As a frequent traveler, I find joy in interacting with locals and learning about their lives and cultures. Early on, I realized that many international... read more

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