adrien cuso international 3

Welcome to Volunteering Abroad. In this series I’ll introduce you to some inspiring friends I’ve met on the road — friends who at some stage in their life have undertaken a long-term volunteer placement abroad. When we lived in Sucre, Bolivia, we met Adrien who at the time was volunteering with CUSO International, a Canadian development organization Read More →

santa catalina monastery fountain

Having just spent an afternoon at a tapas bar here in Ghana, I was suddenly flooded with fond memories of my beloved Arequipa – which reminded me that I’ve been meaning to share some more photos from my stay in Arequipa for a while now, before work rudely got in the way. As such below are some Read More →

beer settling in a new city

One of the disadvantages of working in international development is regularly having to say goodbye to friends and colleagues – in our case this especially applies to those wonderful people we met in Bolivia, Cambodia, and Peru over the last few years. On the flip side, one of the great things about working internationally is Read More →

flight 001 packing bags review

I loath packing and living out of a messy backpack, which I think has to do with the fact that I am German and therefore genetically predisposed towards order. I remember painfully the days when I would just throw everything in my backpack and hope for the best. Of course I never found anything and the Read More →

Amber the peace corps 2

Those of you who know my blog probably know that volunteering is a big part of my life. On my travels I always try to include a volunteer placement as I believe it is important to give something back to the communities I am lucky enough to visit. For that reason I am excited to launch Volunteering Abroad. Read More →

machu picchu altitude postcard shot

The alarm went off at 4am but I wasn’t tired or grumpy. On the contrary, I was full of excitement and emotions. Today would be the day I would finally fulfill a lifelong dream, today would be the day to test my physical limits, and today would be the day to marvel at the ancient Read More →

yura arequipa river

If there is one thing I love then it is travelling off the beaten path to places that usually only locals know about. The black waterfall of Yura Arequipa is such a place and it is so remote that the only way to reach it is by trekking through a river bed. When my Peruvian friends Read More →

chachani volcano

Ever since my gentleman of a husband carried my kit and his 4,500m up Misti volcano (5,822m elevation in total), only to have to CasEvac me back down again following yet another bout of Acute Mountain Sickness kicking my butt, he has (not very secretly) harboured a smouldering grudge. So when he decided he was Read More →