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Great resources for traveling and/or volunteering:

* Idealist – find jobs or volunteer positions in doing good for the world: http://www.idealist.org/

* Help Exchange – find volunteering stints the world over that cover food and board: http://www.helpx.net/

* Gapyear.com – an awesome resource for everything gap year (can before before and/or after college): http://gapyear.com/

* Workaway – volunteering and homestays around the globe, particularly well-suited for gap years: http://www.workaway.info/

* Go Abroad – the “leading international education and experiential travel resource:” http://www.goabroad.com/

* CouchSurfing – go anywhere in the world and stay for free with awesome locals willing to show you around the place:
http://www.couchsurfing.org

*Tresendas – the forthcoming free social networking site for people who travel. Looks promising: http://launch.tresendas.com/

*Thorn Tree – Lonely Planet travel guide’s forum for travelers: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/index.jspa

Good sites for people interested in traveling to places practicing environmental lifestyles:

* World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) – volunteer on an organic farm. Stay free and eat well in exchange for part-time volunteer work: http://www.wwoof.org/

* Ecoteer – eco-related volunteer opportunities around the globe: http://www.ecoteer.com/

* Global Ecovillage Network – find one near you: http://gen.ecovillage.org

* Fellowship for Intentional Communities – find one near you: http://directory.ic.org/

* Eurotopia – find an intentional community or ecovillage in Europe: http://www.eurotopia.de

* Worldwide Permaculture Network – the Facebook of Permaculture; find people and projects: http://www.permacultureglobal.com

* Living Routes – an excellent ecovillage study abroad program for American students. “Bring your education to life by studying in communities across the globe that are striving to live more sustainably:” http://www.livingroutes.org/

* National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) – NOLS, the premier teacher of outdoor skills and leadership, offers courses from 10 days long to entire semesters in the world’s most spectacular wilderness classrooms: http://www.nols.edu/

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