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Not Your Mother’s Travel Porn by Douglas Weissman

We came to theboma, a gate that encircled the village beneath the shadows of the distant mountains. Outside the main streets of Arusha, hidden in the brush and discarded trash that bordered some semblance of harvested gardens, we followed our Maasai guide as he toured us through the local village. The sunlight in the Tanzanian […]

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A Fighter in the Waste by Nolan Janssens

Tossing dead scorpions to chickens, slicing through a tangle of thorny scrub with a machete, and shitting in a dirt hole has become our daily routine. The cattle-pen that we had volunteered to build is almost complete. Our goal is to help an orphanage near Chinandega (Nicaragua) become self-sustainable, but we haven’t yet spent time […]

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A Peaceful Warzone by Hannah Elkak

During the first 12 hours in Aleppo, we hadn’t seen any war. It was almost as if everything we had seen on TV and the harrowing pictures splashed on front pages were a fabrication. On the street outside the flat, Wissam’s uncle and I waited in his car whilst Wissam ran back home to collect […]

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Beyond the Reef by Brittany Rohm

Warm water licked my bare feet as I waded into the South Pacific. Sand the color of lightly toasted sugar tickled my toes. Behind me, towering palms swayed in the sea-salt breeze, guarding the tiny island of Lifou. Through the narrow strip of jungle, in the protected bay on the opposite side, swimmers bunched together, […]

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