Amy E. Robertson

Volunteer with El Maestro en Casa in Honduras

Founded with the assistance of a retired secondary school teacher from the United States, El Maestro en Casa is a program that serves the rural poor. Volunteers who can commit to 2.5 months may work as academic teachers or in outreach, teaching classes in basic English, computers, art, music, crafts, and practical skills such as bicycle mechanics or cooking, but there are opportunities for shorter-term volunteers as well.

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Volunteer with Kiya Survivors in Peru

Kiya Survivors, based in Urubamba (an indigenous village in the valley of the same name near Cusco, Peru) is dedicated to children and youth with special needs. Volunteers receive a two-day training session, might work with practical needs or if they’re interested and skilled, help Kiya’s therapy team.

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An Introduction to Bolivia for Volunteers

With six major cities located at altitudes of 2,574-4,150 meters (8,445-13,615 ft), Bolivia is a country that can, quite literally, take your breath away. For potential volunteers—opportunities in community development, education, conservation and wildlife preservation abound—it’s useful to know a little more about the country’s landscapes, cultures, and peoples.

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Volunteer in Mexico: Sexto Sol Center for Community Action

The Sexto Sol Center for Community Action (SSCCA) in Mexico works in community development, education, and health, as well as agriculture and environment. SSCCA tends to have more interested volunteers than space available, and it is better able to place volunteers closer to their travel dates rather than many months out as volunteer needs change.

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Volunteer with Fundación Mariposas Amarillas (FMA) in Colombia

Based in the beachside city of Santa Marta, Fundación Mariposas Amarillas (Yellow Butterflies Foundation in English) is a grassroots organization that seeks to fight poverty and social injustice. They welcome people with any and all skills, or even none at all, and while basic Spanish is required, FMA can arrange lessons from local teachers at discounted prices.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Moon author Jason Frye

Jason Frye (Moon Great Smoky Mountain National Park)

Raised deep in the mountains of West Virginia, Jason Frye first fell in love with North Carolina as a kid during family vacations to the Outer Banks. In 2002, he swapped his mountains for sand dunes and his river for an ocean when he moved to Wilmington to pursue a master of fine arts in creative writing. There, his love for North Carolina deepened into a longing to stay, settle, explore, and be a part of the people, culture, and history of the state.

Along with his wife, Lauren, Jason has kayaked the marshes and waterways near his home; hang glided off the Outer Banks; explored the cityscapes of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem; and wandered the woods and wilds around Asheville.

A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Jason has contributed stories to VisitNC.com, AAA’s Go Magazine, Our State magazine, Southern Living, Salt, the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer, and acts as a culinary critic for the Wilmington StarNews.

Keep up with Jason on Instagram @beardedwriter.