The Torres del Paine W Trek – A Complete Guide

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Torres del Paine is one of the highlights of Patagonia and the most trafficked national parks in South America for good reason.  I’ve visited twice – once for the Torres del Paine W trek and a second time for the circuit trek – and loved both experiences immensely. If you need an adventure, the unmatched … Read more

Ultimate Guide to the Torres del Paine Campsites and Refugios

Torres del Paine Campsites and Refugios

The Torres del Paine trek is one of the premier treks in the world.  Over 5 day “W trek” or the 9-day “circuit trek” you can experience some of the best landscapes and vistas Patagonia has to offer.  Along the way, the Torres del Paine refugios offer a comfortable and convenient place to rest your … Read more

7 Important Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty Facts & 25 Tips for Making the Trek Easier

The Everest Base Camp Trek is arguably one of the most beautiful, rewarding multi-day treks on the planet.  Unfortunately, the austerity, remoteness, and unpredictable weather of the Himalayas makes most people question Everest Base Camp Trek difficulty and whether they can complete it.  I’ll put your worries aside now – can do it, and you … Read more

(PT 7) A View of Everest – Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar and finishing the Everest Base Camp Hike

Just Starting our “Experiencing Everest Series“? Then jump to our Everest page and start from Part 1 “Why go to Everest”. Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar Even through the sub-freezing chill of the unheated room, I could feel energy in the air as I opened my eyes in Gorak Shep, rustling in my sleeping bag … Read more

(Pt 6) Oh the places you’ll go, and the people you’ll meet…all over a cup of coffee (Adventures as a Global Volunteer: Lesvos)

More from the Series: Adventures as a Global Volunteer – Lesvos and the Refugee Crisis Preface: Voluntourism – What Is It, and Why to Avoid It Part 1: The Beginning. The Reasons.  The Dilemma Part 2: Teaching English, Serving Coffee, Going Solo Part 3: Translating in Moria Refugee Camp, Steps from Hell, and the Meaning … Read more

(Pt 5) Riots in the Refugee Camp, The Exodus of the Kurds, Politics, Cowardice, and Voluntourism

A morning in the food lines of Moria Camp Lesvos Greece

  Just as I thought my days on Lesvos were becoming slow and predictable, the worst happened – a riot in the refugee camp between Kurds and Arabs exploded.  Unwilling to exist in another war, the Kurds fled Moria Camp, walking 10 kilometers in the middle of the night holding everything they owned.  For the … Read more

(Pt 4) A Crash Course as a Volunteer Teacher and a Worthwhile Venture

Teaching English to Refugees in Lesvos Greece as a Global Volunteer

A Note from Carlos: Teachers and Educators – Thank you. What you do is invaluable. I want to open this with a thank you. Thank you to educators of all kinds, teachers, administrators, and facilitiators. Official and unofficial. Thank you for dedicating your life to the pursuit of building minds and empowering people with knowledge. … Read more

(Pt 3) The Meaning of “A Brother Abroad” & Translating in Europe’s Worst Refugee Camp (Adventures as a Global Volunteer)

Moria Camp Adventures as a Global Volnteer avoiding voluntourism and experiences as a volunteer abroad free to do good as I see fit

Moria Camp, on Lesvos Greece, is arguably the worst refugee camp in Europe.  By chance, I was lucky enough to pick up a week long volunteering job translating for patients at a medical clinic.  I dealt with their pent up frustrations, pains, and emotions in the process of translating.  I listened to the sources of … Read more

(Pt 2) Lesvos: Boat Spotter, Volunteer Teacher, Coffee Server, & Solo Volunteer (Adventures as a Global Volunteer)

Boat spotting during the refugee crisis on Lesvos - The Global Volunteer Adventures - A Brother Abroad

  As I settled into Lesvos and learned the situation, I realized very quickly that the need for “spotting refugee boats” was long past.  The need was no longer to help disoriented refugees off of boats and onto to Greek beaches.  The need was now empowerment through knowledge and skills and recovery from past atrocities … Read more

(Pt 1) Why volunteer in Greece to help the refugee crisis? To empower refugees in rebuilding their lives.

  In the first part of my adventure of volunteering to help in the refugee crisis on Lesvos, I answer the question “why volunteer?”, I get honest about the risks of volunteerism, and I become acquainted with the island that is home to the worst refugee camp in Europe and the precarious situation it exists … Read more