Joanne Owen

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  • Going for green in Guyana

    Going for green in Guyana

    September 9th, 2020Joanne Owen
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    Guyana is a richly rain-forested country on South America’s North Atlantic coast. Home to jaguars, black caimans and majestic harpy eagles, it’s one of the world’s most biodiverse regions. It boasts more than 900 species of birds, 225 species of mammals and 880 species of reptiles. Then there’s the staggering 6500 + species of plants…

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  • Life-changing chocolate in the Dominican Republic

    Life-changing chocolate in the Dominican Republic

    August 8th, 2020Joanne Owen
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    The Dominican Republic is acclaimed for its breathtaking beaches and warm waters – ripe for relaxation and sea-based adventures. But there’s a whole lot more to this Caribbean nation besides sun, sand and sea. The Dominican Republic is also a hotspot for uplifting cultural adventures. For example, the tasty tourist experience offered by Chocal Chocolate…

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  • Community-building in western Kenya – the Nasio Trust story

    Community-building in western Kenya – the Nasio Trust story

    July 28th, 2020Joanne Owen
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    Home to the only tropical rainforest in Kenya, Kakamega County is a draw for travellers seeking off-the-beaten-track adventures. But beyond brilliant birdwatching, hiking and rock-climbing, the region is also home to the Nasio Trust. This trailblazing charity has been helping vulnerable children and empowering communities in western Kenya for twenty years. Alongside longterm education and health…

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  • Tales of nurture from the Nature Island of Dominica

    Tales of nurture from the Nature Island of Dominica

    July 21st, 2020Joanne Owen
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    Dominica (not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is a lesser-visited gem of the Eastern Caribbean. It’s an island loved by travellers seeking off-the-beaten-track experiences. Though small in size, Dominica is big on nature. It’s not for nothing that it’s known as the Nature Island. It has the world’s highest concentration of active volcanoes.…

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  • Tell us your story – giving girls goals in South Africa

    Tell us your story – giving girls goals in South Africa

    June 30th, 2020Joanne Owen
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    We recently invited community projects and travel businesses to tell us their stories. We especially wanted to hear from initiatives that do things differently to make a difference – projects like the inspirational Creseldah Education Foundation (CEF), based in the Mpumalanga province of eastern South Africa. Best known to travellers for its National Parks, this is full-on Big Five territory,…

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