My Buddy Mario – A True World Traveller and Conoisseur of Intercultural Experiences


In the 16 years that I have known my friend Mario I have heard many different tales of his world travels and he is one of those people who have lived, worked and hitchhiked through different exotic countries. Mario is a Toronto high school teacher and teaches French and world issues. He spent time

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Presenting: Scott Rains – World Traveller, Disabled Travel Advocate & Expert on Universal Design


Scott contacted me about a week ago after having come across this website. We realized that we shared a lot of common philosophies and emails started flying back and forth furiously, capped off by a very long telephone conversation.Scott is an interesting individual, he has studied linguistics and

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Preview: Helga Smith – Servas Traveller, Marathon Runner, Conqueror of Mount Kilimanjaro


When I first met Helga Smith at the Canada-US Servas Conference, she gave me a brief introduction to her life decade by decade, and every decade held something else that was interesting and completely different. Helga will have a chapter in a book called “Women Who Rock”, which is to

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Preview: Robert & Bette Allekotte – Servas Members, Family Travellers, Volunteers for Peace


I met a broad range of interesting folks at the recent Canada-US Servas Conference in Vancouver and among the first people I met were Robert & Bette Allekotte from New Jersey. They are both teachers and retired just recently, at only 53 years of age. Today they live on a little island off New

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Coming Up: An Interview Scott Rains – World Traveller and Expert on Disabled Travel


For some reason or another, the work on this website keeps connecting me with some interesting and outstanding individuals. Scott Rain (Dr. Scott Rain, that is), contacted me this morning since he had come across my website and felt he wanted to contribute some of his expertise on disabled travel

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Presenting: Mary Jane Mikuriya – Servas Traveller and Committed Local Volunteer in San Francisco


When I first met Mary Jane at the recent Canadian-US Servas Conference in Vancouver, her youthful radiance struck me. I thought she might be in her early fifties, and then she revealed that she is 70! No wonder – here is a woman who exudes optimism, who always has a smile on her face. As a

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Interview Preview: Danielle & Josh Remortgage Their Home to Set Up Their Own Non-Profit Organization


Last week I saw a brief feature on local TV about a Canadian couple who had mortgaged their home to create an international development organization in Peru, starting with shipping a container full of donated medical supplies to a small town on the Peruvian coast. I didn’t catch the

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Pablo Chufeni: Servas Traveller, a Bundle of Energy and Creator of International Language Exchange


The first impression of Pablo Chufeni is that he’s just a bundle of energy – Pablo just radiates optimism and enthusiasm. He is from Argentina, in his twenties, and works in a variety of professions, including as a professor teaching theatre, and as a TV producer. He got his first work

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