Volunteering has become an increasingly popular activity among globetrotters in the past decade. Whether looking to give something back to a good cause or simply having the desire to boost one’s resume, there are a wide variety of opportunities available. In this article, Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time provides insight into the murky world of wildlife volunteering. Through his extensive experience working with animals, he lends advice on how to avoid having your good intentions exploited in this progressively unreliable field. 

This article is written for aspiring wildlife photographers. In 2013, Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time International Movement packed up the comforts of a corporate lifestyle to pursue his passion. From the vast African savannahs to the dense jungles of Sri Lanka, he has travelled the globe in pursuit of some the most iconic animals to inhabit the planet. During his experience, he has captured thousands of wildlife images documenting species such as the elusive Asian leopard, the endangered mountain gorilla, and the ocean’s apex predator, the great white shark. In this article, Leigh provides insight into how to build a portfolio of beautiful wildlife photographs on a modest budget.

As the northern hemisphere finds itself rapidly approaching the holiday season, millions of tourists begin flocking toward popular travel destinations across the globe. Whether attracted by jaw-dropping scenery, rich culture, or exotic cuisine, most would agree that exploring new locations can help to broaden the mind and bring added enrichment into our lives. 

I can be quite a biased person when it comes to cities built on the water or in immediate proximity to it. I love water and everything it is associated with; however, it is one thing to come somewhere just for a couple of days as a tourist, but an entirely different thing to actually stay there for a long period of time and try to blend in. Amsterdam is a multi-faced and multicultural city that also dictates its own rules.

The suggestions I am about to offer come out of my personal experience, and reflect approaches I have tried in my own life. You may think that traveling solo and going to events alone is a common thing, but would you do that yourself if you had a chance? People seem, at first blush, to be excited about the idea of being 100% responsible for just themselves, but in the end that enthusiasm turns out to be more theoretical than actual. The problem is that we have become too dependent on people. Socialization is, with no doubt, one of the main factors in our lives, but it need not be crucial. Loneliness is having a deleterious effect on us, as we settle for anything that feeds our need for belonging. Furthermore, we forget about ourselves, and we sabotage our sense of self-worth.

What do you know about Milan? In a few words: fashion, design, incredible Italian gastronomy, Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper, and the Duomo di Milano. But we will let you in on a little secret: Milan is a real pleasure to explore. But first, go to these four museums to enjoy Italian art and history. It’s a real feast for the eyes and an inspiration for your mind! All these museums are located in the center of Milan, so you can combine visiting them with the other main attractions and even shopping.

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