I just came back from my first time in South America! The 5-year programme I am working on is being implemented in Asia and Latin America. We had the Asia workshop in Thailand (Bangkok) in February already, and the Latin America workshop was to be held in Bolivia (Santa Cruz de la Sierra) in March. … More Two weeks in South America
Eight years ago, I went on my first backpacking trip through seven Southern African countries in six weeks. I particularly loved Botswana and Malawi. People told me that if I love Botswana, I would surely love Namibia. But, since I was travelling by public transportation, the best places in Namibia were hard to reach without a car (preferably … More Wandergreed
Where is the link, you may think? Well, there are several. Holidays bring with them an influx of abandoned pets. They are left at the shelter as they can’t find someone to look after them while they are on holidays. Sometimes the animals are even left tied to a tree or let loose somewhere. All … More Holidays and animal welfare
It’s International Street Children’s Day today. The situation of children and young people living and working on the street is horrendous. As a traveller, you often see street children or other vulnerable children, especially in poorer and developing countries. By being generous and ‘doing good’, you may actually be causing harm. What should an ethical, conscious traveller do or not … More The traveller’s guide to dealing with street children
It has been a while since I last wrote… In the meantime, after almost ten months of rest and recuperation, focusing on the things I love (dog training, photography, long walks in nature with my dog Dingo), I am now much happier and healthier than I was when I left the UN. I was lucky enough … More And I’m back… at ECPAT!
I have recently resigned from my job at the UN for a variety of reasons. The main reason being that it was not what I expected/hoped it to be and that I recognised/realised that it does not fit me. More than that, it made me deeply unhappy. So I decided to do the bold thing, the … More If money were no object, what would you do?