A worker walks down a row in a Nicaraguan bean field.

The Economy of Nicaragua

Two successive governments have had to jump-start the Nicaraguan economy from a standstill, but despite their significant efforts, it remains the second poorest nation in the Western hemisphere. Learn about the problems the country still faces, from unemployment to massive debt, and continuing efforts to relieve them.

Plaza Nariño, Pasto's main plaza. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Visit Pasto and Laguna La Cocha

Many people overlook unassuming Pasto, set in the verdant Valle de Atriz with the deceivingly gentle, sloping Volcán Galeras watching over it. But both it and the stunning Nariño countryside deserve your time and attention. Spend your time visiting museums and sights that will keep you intellectually stimulated for more than a couple days, and make sure you take the delightful excursion to Laguna La Cocha.

If you still think that pineapples grow underground or on a tree, take a tour of a pineapple plantation in Upcountry Maui.

Maui Upcountry Tours

If you’re looking for a tour in Upcountry Maui that gives you a real connection to the land, try one of these. You won’t find packed tourbuses and by-rote talks here: instead you’ll find informative, intimate, and even personalized experience.

A dragon boat filled with oarsmen wearing Viking helmets.

Summer Festivals in Vancouver

There are many festivals that take place during the summer in Vancouver. From Bard on the Beach to the Steveston Salmon Festival, learn more about the exciting events in and around the city.

A yellow macaw with brilliant blue wings perches under a thatched straw roof.

Types of Volunteer Opportunities

Embarking on a volunteer vacation gives you the opportunity to help those in need as well as explore new terrain. Author Amy E. Robertson outlines ideas for projects ranging from community development to wildlife protection. Learn more about the many options for your international volunteer experience.