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It’s possible that you’ve thought of living in another country.  But have you thought of working there, as well? Japan is an endlessly fascinating country that actively welcomes workers from around the world. Many foreign residents from English speaking countries, work in Japan as language instructors. The demand for native language instructors remains relatively high, with some major language schools…

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Let’s rock!

Rock art, that is paintings and carvings on natural rock formations, is one of the earliest forms of creative expression and a universal phenomenon among prehistoric societies. An instrument of communication rather than simply art, it is an assemblage of material culture which provides a glimpse into the lives of people who painted them. Rock art is the primary source…

Stay afloat

  Some facts… Scientists predict that the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free in summer by 2030, or even sooner. Scientists worry that climate change could cause the collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet, which could raise sea levels by as much as 19 feet. Read more courtesy of FactRetriever.com    

Dear volunteers in Africa . . .

…. please don’t come help until you’ve asked yourself these four questions. Recently,  research has suggested that voluntourism can often do more harm than good. Voluntourism has been linked to damaging local economies and commodifying vulnerable children. It also can perpetuate harmful stereotypes about the so-called “third world”, while also promoting neo-colonialistic attitudes. I don’t recommend voluntourism. But if you’re…

Redistribution is the way

In his presidential address to the Royal Economic Society in 1996, the late Professor Anthony Atkinson famously called for discussion of inequality and income distribution to be brought “in from the cold”. Since then there have been many examples of inequality worldwide: the pan-banging cacerolazos demonstrators of Argentina’s financial crisis in 2001-2002, the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street movement, Spain’s “los indignados”, the “gilets jaunes” protests…

The dying Chinatown of Havana, Cuba

He couldn’t tell they were Chinese: dying Chinatown of Havana, Cuba, documented in US-based photographer’s exhibition. The first Chinese arrived in Cuba in the 1850s, but finding their mixed-race descendants on the streets of Havana today wasn’t easy for Lau Pok-chi. Among the subjects of the Hong Kong-born photographer’s exhibition in Shenzhen is a 90-year-old woman believed to be the…

The clock is ticking

One of the most difficult aspects of retirement planning is that you don’t know how long you will live and therefore how many years of retirement you need to save up for. Most people plan for retirement using an estimate of their life expectancy. However, if you guess too young an age, you risk spending down your savings too quickly and coming to…

Climate change is an emergency but despair is not the answer

n 2000, Tsai Jen-Hui, a professor of architecture at the National Taipei University of Technology, had the walls of the campus torn down. In their place, he had a stream built that functions like a moat, fed by recycled water and rain. He gave the university an entranceway inspired by – and incorporating – living trees; he designed eco-roofs and…

Ecotourism and the Amazon rainforest

By creating employment opportunities, boosting sales of local produce and discouraging deforestation, ecotourism could be a vital barrier against the destruction of natural sites like the Amazon. Read more courtesy of BusinessDestinations.com  

Regenerative Agriculture: the latest buzzword or something bigger?

When I first heard the words “regenerative agriculture” many years ago, I didn’t give it much attention. Speaking with others, I know I wasn’t alone in brushing it off as another expression of sustainable farming that wasn’t particularly needed, given that we already have exciting (albeit small) movements in organic and biodynamic farming, natural farming and permaculture. Not to mention…

“Maaaadaaaam”

Kadija was her name; she called me Madam. Kadija begged on a street in Dhaka, Bangladesh where I lived and worked. The first morning I stepped out of my sixteen-story high-rise, walked past the two guards dressed in matching army green outfits with small square hats, and put my foot onto the unpaved road, she came running from her lookout…

Walking on thin ice

The earth’s history is written, layer upon layer, in its glaciers. “The climate of the earth and how it’s changing impacts every being on the planet.” This essay (PDF) is courtesy of TravelClassics.com  

Mindful Indigenous tourism

When communities share their culture on their own terms, everybody wins. Book indigenous-owned and -operated tours and accommodations such as these and your travel dollars will benefit the people whose culture you experience. Read more courtesy of AFAR.com  

Hunger – and what Rick Steves is doing about it.

For most people who live in North America, Rick Steves is the bard of European travel.  He has been everywhere. From his hard work came riches, and Rick has not been slow in giving back to the world.  In that respect, he has been exploring other parts of the globe, bringing his insightful and cheery top tips. But, even more…

Hotel where you can get a bad night’s sleep

The title of this article may sound funny, but the genesis of the story is not. In the UK, an artist has designed a hotel room that’s difficult to stay in – on purpose. “The bed is difficult to get onto and has barely enough space to squeeze around. The bathroom door doesn’t shut, and gets in the way when…

World Central Kitchen

About World Central Kitchen From chef José Andrés Almost ten years ago, my wife Patricia and I had a big dream to start World Central Kitchen. We envisioned an organization that would create smart solutions to hunger and poverty, and for many years we saw an amazing impact through our clean cookstoves initiative, culinary training programs, and social enterprise ventures…

You can have your cup and eat it, too

Do you ever wonder why, with our human capabilities, we can’t sometimes solve the apparently overwhelming problems of waste management,  recyclables,litter and the future of our planet?  Some organizations and individuals are taking this quite seriously though, and this article describes an airline that actually serves cups that are edible. It makes sense and hats off to them for taking…

The longest walkable distance on Earth

Just in case you have seen and done everything in the world, perhaps here is something that you might want to try. Maybe you might wish to use it for a charity event. If, perchance, you do, let us know how it goes.   Joseph Pisenti of RealLifeLore (previously) offers a “brief overview” of the longest pedestrian distance between two points on the…

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