Traveling can be one of the most enjoyable things in life. Making the decision to spend some of your time volunteering whilst traveling can make the experience even better. The most obvious positive of volunteering is that you have the chance to make a real and tangible contribution to the cause you choose. But there are so many other benefits that you might not have thought of.
If you’ve traveled in a developing country, you’ve probably been in a situation where you need to negotiate a price. Actually, you’ve probably been in this situation hundreds of times. Whether it’s a taxi ride or a souvenir, in many places in the world it is perfectly normal to negotiate for a price.
Many tourists and travelers have trouble with this concept. Depending on where you are, it might only cost a few bucks at the most. But to that local shopkeeper or taxi driver, it’s a lot of money. Why not just give them that little extra that they are asking for? What’s the harm? They need the money, and they are supporting their families, right?
It may surprise you that Mali has enough to offer to warrant an entire month, but we dove in and didn‘t even have time to see everything.