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Volunteering in Minamisanriku

One of my key goals for this trip was to do some volunteering in the tsunami-affected areas of Tohoku, and a few days ago I finally made that a reality. 2,463 more words

Postcards from Chernobyl

Just yesterday I saw a story online about the return of brown bears to the Chernobyl region after an absence of more than a century. The 1986 nuclear disaster may have been a catastrophe for people, but may ironically be a boon for wildlife. 20 more words


The Flip side of Ugandan Tourism.

We are carefully and diligently making Uganda the most preferred tourist destination by making use and benefiting from our resources. Today I would like to share with you some usually and seemingly unique tourism products that we all know or tend to disregard and now have turned into money making trails/ tours. 786 more words

Disaster Tourism

Through Megantic: The Road Home

I had meant to be at Heartroot for sunrise the other morning, but it took me 45 minutes to get off the island of Montreal. First the bridge was blocked, then one after another alternate route…. 1,082 more words


the ethics of staying home

The textbook humanitarian’s dilemma: What if you can’t really help?

I’ve been trying for a while to articulate my thoughts on the ethical sticky spots of our (read: Western) impulse to rush to “help” when disaster strikes in the developing world—and the problems that arise when we aren’t actually qualified to help, and end up making things worse. 864 more words

Chernobyl Tour: Nuclear Disaster Day Trip

My first experience with Chernobyl was a fly over.  I was flying out of Belarus to Ukraine and my friend Michael mentioned we were flying over the area where Chernobyl happened.  1,936 more words


Disaster Tourism in Christchurch

This week I became a disaster tourist. I know that sounds bad – so please let me explain.

I knew I wanted to go to Christchurch to see how the recovery effort was going. 871 more words