TRAVELTEER: Where Travel Meets Volunteering


Travelteer & Purpose

The Benefits of Voluntourism: Throughout our lives, we are constantly looking to find our purpose here in relationship to others and the world around us. Whether it is our role in the workplace, in our families, in our community, or in an even larger context, at the forefront is finding purpose and...

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Experience the City

The Benefits of Voluntourism: There is something special about building a relationship with a city through voluntourism. When you travel to a destination, you could have a million different, unique experiences, but how do you stumble upon the right ones? While...

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Travelteer & Jobs

The Benefits of Voluntourism: As someone who recently graduated college, I understand the job market can be a bit intense for those on the hunt to start their career. One thing I found that really stands out to employers is the service work you do and the experiences you learn from them...

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Travelteer & Skill Building

The Benefits of Voluntourism: As a Travelteer, you get involved with a variety of volunteering opportunities and nonprofit organizations. Each volunteering opportunity on a voluntourism trip isn’t just a giving experience, but a learning one as well. New tasks that you take on as...

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Travelteer & Happiness

The Benefits of Voluntourism: Never in my life have I felt more alive than my time as a Travelteer. I woke up each day constantly reinvigorated and ready to make a difference through volunteering at local organizations on my journey. It isn’t just me – according to a study by a Corporation...

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Nashville – Part II

As Travelteer’s week in Nashville comes to an end, I can’t help but feel at home in The Music City. Venturing from local eats, brews, and music spots, Nashville simply feels authentic. It’s a city that continues to move forward while not forgetting about its roots. Visiting Nashville, you can definitely get...

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Nashville – Part I

With six cities in the books and our last destination ahead, Travelteer is so grateful to have been able to experience the amazing array of culture and communities throughout the Southeast and work with the wonderful organizations that impact them. Driving back in time once again...

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Atlanta – Part II

There is something incredible about Atlanta that I simply cannot convey through words. Out of all the cities I have visited, the ATL strikes me as a city you do not simply visit – but live. After the first half of the week, our post-volunteering adventures are no longer being filled with landmarks and tourist...

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Atlanta – Part I

It was extremely hard to leave New Orleans but I was eager to see what Travelteer adventures lay ahead. Next stop – Atlanta, a lively place combining elements of a big city and southern hospitality. The ATL offers many opportunities to make a positive impact in a destination that some call...

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New Orleans – Part II

Writing this post, I cannot continue without first admitting that I have fallen deeply in love with New Orleans. What started out with an uneasy, restless feeling towards the city due to my misguided expectations of Bourbon Street, quickly metamorphosed into a truly enlightening...

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New Orleans – Part I

Before I embarked on this Travelteer journey, there was one city in particular that stood out as such a unique part of the United States – New Orleans. Despite having realized that every city has wonderful parts to offer, I am still as eager as ever to explore The Crescent City. Hyped up on Anthony...

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Tampa – Part II

With Easter 2k16 officially in the books (and finally waking up out of my food coma from Sunday’s family festivities), I was eager to get back to volunteering. On Monday, I was going to be spending my time at Carrollwood Community Center, an organization invested in enriching the...

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Tampa – Part I

With Fort Lauderdale in my rearview mirror and the open road towards Tampa ahead, I was excited to go from one sunny, warm destination to the next! In order to make the journey, I was first forced to survive…THE EVERGLADES (DUN DUN DUN), home to giant pythons, gators, and other wild...

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Pioneer My Perception

I wholeheartedly believe that an experience is what you make it. Any situation can turn into a memorable, even life-changing moment. The person. The place. The action. Any individual variable can be interacted with to get the most out of a moment – that includes embracing a city and its...

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Fort Lauderdale – Part II

What an amazing time it has been in the Southern Florida area! We were predicted to have quite the storm come through and yet the sun still persists. Having focused a lot of our time adventuring in areas outside of Fort Lauderdale, I decided to really settle in to see what the city had to...

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Fort Lauderdale – Part I

After such an amazing experience in Charleston, I could not wait to see what was in store for Travelteer in Florida! The next stop on my Southeastern trip was going to be Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding areas. After 9 hours of driving (and 3 cups of coffee) I had finally arrived at my friends’...

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The Days Are Just Packed

There is something special about Charleston. I have talked (and argued) my entire life about how amazing Virginia Beach has been to me and how I can’t see myself living anywhere else…well all that changed at the end of my week in Charleston (or maybe it was the very first day, who knows). All I...

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Travelteer Does Charleston – Part III

It is nearing the end of our week here in Charleston and what a stay it has been! Every day has been filled with new adventures from the volunteer work to exploring the local sites. From the people we get to know while donating our time to the conversations we have with those all over...

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Travelteer Does Charleston – Part II

With the first official weekend of Travelteer coming to a close, I am both reflective on and excited to share the experiences that I have had so far here in Charleston. Participating in such a diverse array of volunteer activities in the past two days alone, I am constantly reinvigorated by...

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Travelteer Does Charleston – Part I

And so it begins… as I leave Virginia Beach, slightly restless from the insecurities of my future, but 100% confident in my drive to make an impact and do something I am passionate about– all I can think about is the road that lies ahead. No, but literally! No music. No talking with friends...

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Welcome to Travelteer

My name is Bradley Benjamin Swaim and I want to welcome you to my blog and encourage you to share this journey with me as a Travelteer! So what is a Travelteer? Well simply enough – a Travelteer is someone who travels, while volunteering in each community that makes up the city...

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