Author Archives: The Voluntourists

India – A brutal assault on the senses

Is there any country on earth more polarising, more seemingly dysfunctional, or anywhere that even comes close to being such a brutal assault on the senses as this giant sub-continent? In my experience, the answer is a definitive “no”.

The most important aspect of travel

For all of the wondrous sights we see on our journey through life, be it at home or abroad, the things that matter the most when it all ends are the ones with whom we share our journey.

Da Lat to Nha Trang

After spending a few days in Da Lat, we decided it was time to hit the road and continue north, with a brief stop over in Nha Trang. As luck would have it, whilst I was out for a morning ride seeing some sights I met a Vietnamese guy named Anh, who works for Easy […]
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Good Morning Vietnam!

It all started, as many of our adventures have, with a glass of wine and a pizza on a cold Melbourne evening. We had a few weeks to kill after the Sofia Saly School build project in Cambodia, we were going to be in the area, and Louis had always wanted to tick this one […]
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Saying Goodbye… It Doesn’t Get Easier…

Saying goodbye to people we love is never an easy thing to do. We’ve all been there in one form or another, and we all dread that familiar feeling of your heart sinking to your stomach as your throat becomes tight and you instinctively begin to fight back the tears. I like to think we do this more for the sake of those we are saying goodbye to than because of ego or anything like that. We want to protect them by not making them cry.

Thank You to the BTP Team

The words to begin this post with have been eluding me for days now, so rather than put it off any longer I’m just going to type and hit “post” immediately as I’m sure there are no words within my very limited vocabulary that will ever do you wonderful people justice.   For me – […]
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Our final two weeks in Cambodia

Almost 2 months to the day, and we are now on a rickety old long boat slowly cruising along the mighty Mekong River – the lifeblood of this region – towards our next destination, Chau Doc, Vietnam. We have the boat entirely to ourselves, and watching life float by has provided a welcome rest and […]
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What’s for dinner? Rice and vegetables…. Again….

$3 a day. It’s a wage which seems incomprehensible in Australia, and this week – with the volunteer numbers diminishing to just 6 – it got very real, very quickly. There’s not a lot you can do with $3 a day, particularly when $1 is deducted for rent before it even reaches our hands. What […]
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Four Weeks In…

3kms to go. My legs burn with every rotation of the bike pedals. Time is slowing with each passing metre as I will myself to push on. 2kms to go. I approach the hill that takes me past the village temple, signalling the half way point of the last bike ride for the day. Sweat […]
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A Day In The Life

What I haven’t mentioned here are the countless laughs, hugs and smiles interspersed between each of these activities and these are – in my view – the most important reasons we are here.