Travel Aspirations

"Voluntourists" use vacation time to offer assistance around the world and in the United States
Combine a volunteer and a tourist and you get a "voluntourist." Voluntourists provide dental and medical care, mentor young men and women, build houses, clear trails, play with orphans, teach practical skills, monitor sea turtle nesting grounds and much, much more.

Building a "castle" in Thailand

A Spokane-to-Asia charity connection
For some people who combine volunteering and vacationing, the destination has a lot to do with the journey. Not Arlene Patton.

Breaking the cycle in Guatemala

Post Falls couple finds love and a cause
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Today a child will be abandoned in Guatemala.

Lending a hand in Kenya

Education and activism on clean water in African communities
"It gets under your skin," Wayne Krafft says, describing his work developing safe drinking water systems in Kopanga, a small village in Kenya. "You establish relationships with the people, see their needs, work with them, and get to see real results."

Fighting poverty in Rwanda

Medical crises remain decades after civil war
Dr. Hal Goldberg and his wife Sandy sum up Rwanda's tragic history in a few short sentences when they tell Blaise's story. Five young men rallied around the 30-year old as he recuperated from open heart surgery in a hospital bed in Kigali.

Trailblazing close to home

Area trails and parks benefit from REI volunteer vacations
Wearing a bright red T-shirt with Get Dirty stamped across the chest, Steve Fenick explains that it's one of a big stack he's earned by volunteering with the Spokane REI to clear, build and maintain area trails and parks. "My stack's bigger," jokes wife Cindy, beginning the friendly competitive banter that defines their 12-year marriage.

Kitchen Adventurer

Cooking: Chef Dave Adlard combines fitness, food and a flair for teaching
Dave Adlard doesn't wait for opportunity to knock; this two-time Ironman participant — he did his first at age 50 — creates his own doorways. A self-described adventurer whose background includes mountaineering, saber-fencing, writing and coaching, Adlard embodies the advice he shares with students: "Make a life and the living will follow."

Bare Necessities

Parenting: Taming the miseries of summer skin woes
Summer isn't completely carefree. Brilliant blue skies and balmy breezes also can bring on a host of troubles for our little ones' exposed skin.

Keeping Time

Boomers: Dancing together forges bonds of fitness and friendship
Mark Twain once said, "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."

Reading Tea Leaves

Can green tea fight rheumatoid arthritis? One WSU professor says it may do that — and more
The face of Salah-uddin Ahmed, an associate professor at Washington State University's School of Pharmacy, isn't quite on the cover of the February issue of the medical journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, but the next best thing is. The cover has a stylized illustration of the molecule that his research has revealed may become a new tool in fighting rheumatoid arthritis.

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