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The Altruistic Traveller Podcast

The Altruistic Traveller Podcast

By The Altruistic Traveller
The Altruistic Traveller Podcast brings you the stories of influential changemakers from around the globe. With a focus on sustainability, community development and conscious impact, host Bianca Caruana creates a safe space for her guests to share their unique stories, personal achievements, challenges and accomplishments. Be inspired, educated and moved by global initiatives making this world a better place.
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Sporting Experiences with Impact | A Marathon for Education in Sierra Leone with RunTheWorld & Street Child
This June, I will challenge myself in a rather unique and unconventional way and run my first ever (half) marathon in West Africa’s Sierra Leone with RuntheWorld, supporting the work of NGO, Street Child. The marathon will raise money to provide education to vulnerable children in Sierra Leone by supporting local education projects in rural villages. I invited RuntheWorld founder and CEO, Carole Sanchez, and European Development Manager for Street Child, Marina López, on the show to speak about this amazing collaboration. Support my fundraiser at: About RuntheWorld:  RuntheWorld is a social enterprise providing adventure and sporting touristic experiences with a positive impact. They offer authentic experiences that involve local immersion and support social projects from a place of humility, optimism and solidarity. About Street Child: Street Child is a global organisation that helps vulnerable children to overcome barriers to gain access to the education they deserve. Their work in Sierra Leone: Street Child of Sierra Leone works with rural communities in some of the most remote parts of Sierra Leone, where children often miss out on the opportunity to gain the most basic literacy and numeracy skills. In places with no access to schools, they work in partnership with willing rural communities to build ‘first-ever schools’ and identify members of the community to undertake formal distance teacher training. They also support struggling rural schools with teaching and learning materials and essential school repairs, alongside tailored teacher training that emphasises inclusive education. Why education? As the world’s focus continues on the aftermath of the pandemic and the war unravelling in Ukraine, more than 300 million children around the world lack basic literacy skills, inhibited by poverty and lack of access to education. According to UNESCO, “Education is a human right and a force for sustainable development and peace.” If we are to achieve Sustainable Development Goal #4 - Quality Education, the work of organisations like Street Child is imperative. The event: It’s not just a marathon. It’s about one week’s immersion in the local community, an adventure that has an impact on many lives. After visiting rural and urban projects and meeting the families that benefit from the program, I will run a unique and ambitious race through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the north of Sierra Leone that wind through exuberant green countryside and local communities.
April 26, 2022
Purposeful Business, CSR & Travel Accessories With Impact | Bhav Patel | Storyteller
In this episode, I speak with Bhav Patel, the founder of Storyteller - a social enterprise that sells travel accessories with 10% of each product helping to fund educational programs around the world. During the episode, we speak about Bhav’s inspiration to take his skills in corporate law and passion for community development into a business venture that would combine profit with purpose. We discuss the main mission behind Storyteller and how the organisation works with communities to increase access to education for children and adults. Bhav shares the important values behind Storyteller, for example, integrity, transparency and sustainability. He shares how the flagship travel accessories are sustainably sourced across the supply chain, including the use of fair trade practices and sustainable materials, and how their team works directly with local grassroots organisations to ensure Storyteller’s impact is sustainable long-term. To date, Storyteller has donated over £16,000 and impacted over 1500 people, with a vision to impact 1 million people throughout its lifetime. Visit the Storyteller website Connect with Bhav on LinkedIn Shop Storyteller's flagship products Follow Storyteller on Instagram Follow Storyteller on Facebook
April 07, 2022
Conscious Travel, Cultural Immersion & Sustainability in Morocco | Nadia Greenwood-Ftouhi | Manira Palm Eco Villa
In this episode, I speak with Nadia Greenwood-Ftouhi (Nads), the founder of Manira Palm Marrakech - an eco villa overlooking the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, located in the northwest corner of Africa. Manira Palm strives to create authentic Moroccan experiences in eco-luxury and upholds values of community, culture and conscious travel. It is often described as a ‘Hub for Healing’ as Nads endeavours to connect people back home to themselves through holistic experiences, extending sustainability to the soul. In the episode, Nads shares about the mission behind Manira Palm, its values, and alignment with authentic Moroccan traditions. We learn about Nads’ journey to creating Manira Palm, and how her rich Moroccan cultural heritage influenced her decision to move to Marrakech and open an eco villa for guests from all around the world. Visit the Manira Palm website for more information or follow Nads' journey on Instagram. 
March 21, 2022
[Bonus Meditation Track] Aligning Your Centre & Coming Back To Presence
To my dear listeners, I felt inspired to create my first ever meditation track for you all and am delighted to share it. At a time when the world may feel overwhelming, when there is much distraction and destruction surrounding us, one of the few places of peace we may find is within us, in our heart's centre. This guided meditation intends to guide you back to presence, and back to peace within. I hope it brings you the peace you are looking for. Love and Light dear ones, Bianca
March 17, 2022
Changing the Way Women Travel & Connect Around the World | Vanessa Karel | Greether
In this episode, I speak with Vanessa Karel, the founder of Greether - a platform that safely connects women travellers to a verified local female guide upon arrival at their destination.  Vanessa Karel is a second-time founder, entrepreneur, storyteller, and creative producer born in the USA, and raised in Mexico City. Growing up an avid traveller, Vanessa always found an interest in exploring different cultures and expanding her horizons. In 2020, after her own experiences as a solo female traveller, Vanessa founded Greether, a safety platform for female travelers around the world. The platform is now available to women in over 75 countries and 256 cities. In the episode we speak about Vanessa's founder journey, the inspiration behind the Greether idea, the challenges women face when it comes to safety abroad, and ways the female traveller community continue to support each another and enable safe freedom of movement. Website: Instagram:
March 07, 2022
Authentic Living & How To Be Happy With Less | Paul & Sandra | Minimalist Journeys
In this episode, I speak with the founders of the Minimalist Journeys platform, Paul and Sandra. Farewelling their corporate careers in Sydney in 2016, Paul and Sandra have made it their mission to help others experience more by living with less. In the interview, we hear how the couple sold their home and belongings to embrace a more simplistic way of living, in line with their values and what makes them truly happy. On their website, the couple now provides practical advice and simple, tested tools to people who want to: • design a better life for themselves and pursue what truly matters to them; • travel in a more authentic and respectful way. Listen to this inspiring conversation on how to live a life intentionally aligned with your values.
January 25, 2022
Mountaineering & Sustainable Development on Mount Elbrus, Russia | Matthew C Johnson | Elbrus4Alpinists
Elbrus4Alpinists is a sustainable development project aiming to open the Northwest Face of Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe and one of the world’s “Seven Summits”, as a climbing route. In this episode, I speak with founder and mountaineer, Matthew C Johnson, about the Elbrus4Alpinists project and foundation. Matt is a family man who loves intellectual challenges, adventure travel, endurance sports, and bringing together unlikely groups of people to share passions and connect humanity. In 2018, Matt became curious about alternative climbing routes on Mount Elbrus. That curiosity led him to explore the Northwest Face, a lesser-known climbing route. “I discovered that the Russian climbers in the area climbed by a route from the west side that is not normally advertised. So I took a solo trip over there to explore. I discovered it was phenomenally beautiful. The people on that side of the mountain are wonderful, albeit with very few economic opportunities…I looked at the population, I looked at the terrain and I thought, why has nobody developed a climbing infrastructure here?” Over the past three years, Matt engaged with Alpinists from all over the world including Nathaniel J. Menninger, the film director of The Porter: The Untold Story at Everest (2020), and gathered a team of passionate individuals who could help bring this project to fruition. With sustainability and cultural sensitivity at the forefront, the Elbrus4Aplinists project aims to bring economic development to the people living and working below the mountain. In the podcast, we discuss Matthew’s vision for the project, how his passion for mountaineering and sustainable development drives the project and the steps he and his team are taking to ensure a community-first approach. Find out more about the project here:
December 29, 2021
Recognising & Awarding The World’s Sustainable Destinations | Louise de Hemmer | Green Destinations
In this episode, I speak with Green Destinations Top 100 Partnership Program Coordinator, Louise de Hemmer, on the topic of recognising and awarding the world’s sustainable destinations. The Green Destinations Foundation is a non-profit organisation focused on sustainable destination development and recognition. Founded in 2014, they are one of three sustainable tourism certification bodies accredited by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) with an aim to support global destinations through their journey towards sustainability. The top 100 competition was created to give destinations a higher level of exposure and recognition for their good practices in the areas of social and environmental impact. In the interview, Louise speaks with me about the destination certification process and the Top 100 submissions process, and shares some of the award-winning destinations recognised for their efforts. The awards cover a range of categories including localising the destination supply chain, decarbonising the destination supply chain, environment and culture, nature and ecotourism, and more.  Participants are invited to apply to the competition and are required to self-report on core sustainability criteria of the Green Destinations Standard. Criteria include but are not limited to responding to tourism impacts on nature, solid waste reduction, reducing transport emissions and energy consumption, tangible cultural heritage and community involvement in planning. Learn more about Green Destinations on their website:
December 10, 2021
Carbon-neutral Safaris & Eco-tourism in the Maasai Mara Kenya | Emboo River
In this episode, I speak with Valery Joanne Super about sustainability and ecotourism in the Maasai Mara, Kenya. Valery is the co-founder of Emboo River, a luxurious lodge with sustainability at the forefront of its operations. Emboo River is also the first lodge in the region to offer guests the chance to embark on carbon-neutral safaris in converted electric safari vehicles powered by solar energy. As Valery explains, “the vehicles are silent enough to help guests tap into all their senses. You can smell animals in the area, you can hear a lion roar in the distance. This increases our guest's chances of animal sightings.” In the interview we discuss Emboo River’s award-winning sustainability practices including running showers with solar-heated water, utilising lagoons with local wetland plants that filter and recycle 100% of wastewater, farm to fork meals from an organic vegetable garden prepared on biogas created from organic waste, reusable beeswax paper, a tree-planting project called 'Rooting for our Future' and much more. As the Maasai saying goes, “Mataramat enkop pee eramat iyook.”, which translates to “If you take care of nature, nature will take care of you.” Be inspired by this story of innovation from the beautiful plains of the Maasai Mara, Kenya. Website: Instagram: Facebook:
November 30, 2021
Prelude | Season four is launching this week!
I'm so happy to share that season four of The Altruistic Traveller Podcast is launching this week.  We have some amazing guests lined up for this season, from carbon-neutral safaris to ecoliving in paradise; conversations around making travel accessible to all, to creating and living a minimalist lifestyle.  This prelude is a thank you for your support so far.  My first ever episode was published in July 2017 from the noisy streets of Kathmandu, Nepal. Since then, I have shared the stories of over 50 incredible people making our world brighter.  I hope you enjoy (and become inspired by) the show! Apply to be a guest here.
November 29, 2021
Ethical Voluntourism & Impact in Today's New World With Author Jeff Blumenfeld
In this episode, I speak with author Jeff Blumenfeld on the topic of voluntourism. We talk about the concept of volunteering while travelling, unravel the negative media attention centered around this word and uncover how one can have a positive volunteering experience that benefits all involved.  My guest, Jeff Blumenfeld, is the author of 'Get Sponsored: A Funding Guide for Explorers, Adventurers, and Would-be World Travelers', - and the more recent book - 'Travel With Purpose: A Field Guide to Voluntourism'. Jeff's interest in volunteering took him to Nepal in 2013 and 2017 where he served as communications director for the Dooley Intermed Foundation’s “Gift of Sight” Expedition ­– an effort to bring quality eye care to 700 impoverished villagers. Prior to that, he volunteered as a chaperone on a high school trip to Antarctica, which he speaks about in the interview. In August 2020 he was honored with the Iceland Exploration Museum’s Leif Erikson Award for Exploration History and is currently an adjunct lecturer at CU’s College of Media, Communication, and Information.   Jeff brings his expert knowledge of voluntourism into the interview and shares ways and resources on how we can have a positive, immpactful experience when volunteering. You can purchase Jeff's book on Amazon at:
August 09, 2021
Greener Act - The Travel App Helping You Travel & Act in a More Sustainable Way | Philippe Moreau
In this episode, I speak with Philippe Moreau the founder of Greener Act - an app giving individuals arriving at their destination awareness of local sustainable activities crafted by responsible organisations. Philippe has a vibrant history in the tourism industry. Starting out as a hotelier in various global destinations, he then spent 10 years managing sustainable tourism development for HBD Principé in São Tomé & Príncipé (West Africa) and has since taken his passion for sustainable tourism into the creation of the Greener Act. In the podcast, we discuss the sustainable tourism development of São Tomé & Príncipé and how Philippe and his team, along with funding from the UNDP and the Spanish Ministry of Environment, were able to implement a water-refill program that saw the removal of over 900,000 plastic bottles off Príncipé, the distribution of over 7000 reusable bottles and the installation of 15 water-purification fountains around the island. The success of this project showed how much impact can be made by a small group of mindful individuals and so Philippe was inspired to help others share their sustainability efforts, hence the creation of the Greener Act app. Find out more at
June 19, 2021
Community-based Tourism & Sustainability in the Maldives | Ruth Franklin | Secret Paradise Maldives
In this episode, I speak with Ruth Franklin who is the co-founder of Secret Paradise Maldives, a community-based tour company specialising in private and group adventure and cultural tours from Hulhumale and Male, as well as multi-day local island hopping tours throughout the Maldives. I met Ruth back in 2018 when I was planning my first ever trip to the Maldives and was determined to see these beautiful islands in the eyes of a local. I wanted to explore how to visit the Maldives and learn about the Maldivian culture without staying at a resort, and Ruth was one of the first people I connected with to assist me on this journey.  Ruth left a successful 28-year retail management career behind in the UK and took her passion for travel and sustainability to the Maldives in 2012 to co-found Secret Paradise Maldives. Since then, the company has grown into a pioneer in the eco-tourism sector in the Maldives, working with grassroots organisations and government bodies to promote positive environmental impact and community development.  In the podcast, we discuss Ruth's journey, the tourism economy in the Maldives, and how Secret Paradise Maldives embrace responsible tourism practices while promoting local experiences on the islands. We also discuss the Maldives embracing the UNDPs "Reimagining Tourism" project, a joint initiative between the Government and UNDP Maldives to explore, develop and test pathways for making tourism in the country more inclusive, resilient and sustainable. Website: Instagram: Accompanying blog posts:
June 08, 2021
Carbon Offsetting - What is it? Is it worth it? And How You Can Support Pro-climate Projects | Offsetra
In this episode, I am joined by Damien Schuster (Advisor), and Rafaella Orelli (Carbon Associate) from Offsetra, a carbon emissions reduction platform helping people to participate in the low-carbon economy. I invited Damien and Rafaella on the show to delve into the topic of carbon offsetting, how it works and what it really means. Through their work at Offestra, they find and raise money for high-impact, certified carbon reduction projects. We discuss the role of travel when it comes to carbon emissions, how individuals can reduce their environmental impact, and creative ways to offset such as using crypto to offset your footprint. For more information on Offsetra visit their website:
May 25, 2021
Digital Nomad Villages - A Sustainable Model For Decentralisation, Repopulation and Community-building | Gonçalo Hall
In this podcast I speak with Gonçalo Hall, a remote work consultant and evangelist who launched projects like the Remote Work Movement, Future of Work Conference, Remote Portugal, Remote Europe and most recently a digital nomad village in Madeira, Portugal.  Gonçalo is passionate about remote work and believes in the link between digital nomadism and community development. Through his new project, Madeira’s first digital nomad village in Ponta do Sol, Portugal, Gonçalo and his team have brought together a thriving community of nomads focused on positive impact and connections. In the episode, we talk about the nomad village model as a tool for decentralisation, repopulation and community-building. Before conception, Gonçalo’s team spent time in Madeira, speaking with locals and educating them on the positive impacts nomads could bring to their town. This facilitated discussions around adding vegetarian menu options to restaurants, creating stronger internet connections, and even education around making the perfect flat white.  The village attracts visitors to Madeira in the tourist low season and closes in the high season, an economically viable decision to best support the local people. This decision also helps the village to thrive both in the low and high season.  Nomads are encouraged to take part in community activities run by Digital Nomads Madeira, including tree planting projects, beach cleanups and support for local NGOs such as animal shelters.  This model is a pioneer of its times as more countries introduce nomad visas, making it easier for remote workers to legally work and settle abroad for longer periods of time. Gonçalo and his team hope to use this model as a pilot for future villages and set an example for what the future of work could really look like. Follow Gonçalo on LinkedIn: Follow Gonçalo on Instagram: Follow Digital Nomads Madeira on Instagram: Visit Website: Read the corresponding blog post:
May 04, 2021
Reshaping The Tourism Narrative To Promote Equality & Diversity | JoAnna Haugen | Rooted
In this episode, I am talking with writer, speaker, and solutions advocate JoAnna Haugen. JoAnna is the founder of Rooted, a solutions platform at the intersection of sustainable tourism, social impact, and storytelling. In her work, JoAnna provides insight into a more conscious, inclusive type of storytelling and assists both content creators and industry professionals in shaping their storytelling language. Our thought-provoking discussion opens up a number of perspectives on tourism. In her work, JoAnna supports the idea of reshaping the tourism narrative to not only promote equality and diversity but also challenge the idea that tourism should be traveller focused. As JoAnna explains, “the idea that tourism “need(s) us” is the epitome of privilege, and it’s a story the tourism industry is perpetuating...leading travellers to believe they are the answer to this industry’s survival perpetuates a dangerous and destructive history of white supremacy and colonialism.” We reference JoAnna’s recent articles ‘What we risk when we rush back to travel’ and ‘5 words to cut from your travel writing’, and dissect the concept of vaccine-privilege, as well as the ethics of returning to a type of travel that is not centred around the benefit and empowerment of local communities. JoAnna offers a number of free resources on her blog, including: The Content Creator's Guide to Building Back Better Flipping the Negative Narrative on Impact As well as short courses to assist in positive storytelling: Strategic Storytelling for Travel Service Providers Responsible Travel Writing
March 01, 2021
Helping Communities Access Clean Water & Sanitation with Danny Rodriguez | BLUE Missions
Water is the source of life yet somehow, in 2020, over 700 million people in the world lack access to clean water. For the past 10 years, the BLUE Missions Group has been working to provide families with clean water and sanitary environments through sustainable, community-owned projects that empower progress and transform rural communities for the better. Their model for aid is focused on sustainability, ensuring local leaders are equipped with the skills to prepare for community-led construction of projects, and the ability to maintain healthy water systems. To date, BLUE Missions has helped over 22,000 people gain access to clean drinking water through innovative solutions such as gravity-driven aqueducts that gather and distribute water from higher-elevated sources. With the help of volunteers, engineers and members of the local community they have completed over 100 water projects in countries including Colombia, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. In the podcast, Danny talks about 10 years with BLUE Missions, the systemic barriers that limit communities' access to clean water and how volunteers and individuals can help to support the work of BLUE Missions.  For more information visit:
February 08, 2021
Sustainable Tourism & Community Development in Kenya | Shammi | Travel4Purpose
In this episode, I interview Kenyan-born Shammi (Sham for short), creator of the Travel4Purpose platform. Travel4Purpose is an online community that promotes the concept of sustainable tourism, mainly in Kenya. Sham was born in Mombasa, Kenya and moved to London, UK with her family when she was 6. After 20+ years of following the social norm; school, university, 9-5 corporate job, etc, she realised it was time to break free and align with her life's purpose - creating impact. On the 18th of June 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sham launched Travel4Purpose to serve that purpose. The platform promotes travelling authentically; interacting with locals, venturing off the beaten track and having a purpose while on the road.  "I learnt a thing or two while on the road, the main one being that creating smiles for others and yourself – is THE most treasured feeling. Travel can be used as a force for good; positively impacting everyone involved, including Mama Earth." - Sham. In the podcast, we discuss Sham's journey to Kenya to discover her rich cultural heritage and work on local projects that promote a positive impact on both people and the planet. We talk about her life in Kenya, the projects Travel4Purpose supports e.g. tree-planting programs for conservation and health programs for women in need. I also get a short lesson in Swahili (around the 29-min mark) to learn some of the local language. For more information about Travel4Purpose please visit: Website: Instagram: Facebook: Eco Projects:  
January 29, 2021
Eradicating Poverty, Empowering Youth and Becoming a Global Citizen | Sarah Rapp | #HowToBeGlobal
PODCAST DOUBLE: This episode is linked to my interview on the How To Be Global podcast that can be found here: ... What does it mean to be a global citizen? This week I speak with Sarah Rapp about eradicating poverty, empowering youth and becoming a global citizen.  Sarah is the founder of ‘How To Be Global’, an initiative that aims to discover what it takes to be global in today's fast-paced and culturally mixed world, through podcasting, education and crowdsourcing. Its mission is to connect the world by lowering boundaries, reducing fears about other cultures, and encouraging others to embrace diversity. Sarah is the former president of JA Alumni Europe and is currently Senior Manager Alumni & Campaigns at JA Worldwide, a large nongovernmental organization that serves youth around the world.  In the podcast, we talk about Sarah's journey, her involvement with JA Worldwide, and the How To Be Global scholarship program she runs to put disadvantaged youth in school. Sarah currently partners with Educom to deliver scholarships in Jamestown, Ghana and has since provided opportunities for more than 60 orphans and kids from single-parents to get an education. "I wanted to make sure that these amazing girls and boys have the chance to go to school, get food and education which empowers them to shape a better future for themselves and the whole community." Follow Sarah's journey: Support How To Be Global: Listed to the How To Be Global podcast:
November 21, 2020
Crowdfunding for Impact - How to Successfully Fundraise for your Project | Tom Dawkins from Start Some Good
How do we leverage our own community to create social impact? How can we successfully crowdfund for the causes we care about?  These are the questions I explore in this conversation with Tom Dawkins, the Co-founder/CEO of the social impact crowdfunding platform Start Some Good - the leading home of cause-driven crowdfunding, innovative partnerships and social entrepreneur education. In the episode, we discuss the limiting mindsets that inhibit fundraisers to meet their full potential. We discuss the psychology of fundraising, the nuances of crowdfunding and the way that Start Some Good work with projects to achieve the highest project success rate in cause-crowdfunding (at 53% compared to equivalent platforms who are as low as 13%). Tom discusses how Start Some Good has transformed into an educational, innovative hub for social entrepreneurs to gain insights into the best practices for crowdfunding, enabling changemakers to launch groundbreaking projects that can change the world.   Learn more at Learn about Strat Some Good's recurring fundraising opportunities at Join the Starting Good Network:
November 19, 2020
Empowering Communities to Create Sustainable Livelihoods Pre & Post-Pandemic | Alanna Wallace | Planeterra
Established in 2003 by global adventure travel company G Adventures’ founder, Bruce Poon Tip, Planeterra is a non-profit organisation that has contributed millions of dollars towards projects in areas of social enterprise, healthcare, conservation, and emergency response. In this episode, I speak with Alanna Wallace - Planeterra's Program & Communications Manager. We discuss Planeterra’s strategy to empower community tourism businesses to create sustainable livelihoods and how in the midst of a pandemic, Planeterra has helped their partners cope with the complete halt in global travel, and loss of customer base. Many projects around the world have been left without an income as global travel stopped entirely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, communities need assistance to rebuild and recover from months without income. Planeterra has been able to provide grants to help with emergency needs, and also to build resilience for community tourism businesses and those that rely on them. In the episode, Alanna shares how the organisation has raised tens of thousands of dollars for their partners and continue to fundraise much-needed dollars that will support their tourism partners through this difficult time. Listen in to hear about the work of Planeterra, stories of resilience and kindness and see how you can show your support.  Website: Instagram: Facebook: Donate:!/donation/checkout
September 19, 2020
Justice & Dignity For Refugees & Asylum Seekers Seeking Protection in Australia | Sarah Dale | RACS Australia
In this episode, I am speaking with Sarah Dale - the Centre Director and Principal Solicitor for RACS Australia.  RACS (Refugee Advice & Casework Service) provide critical free legal advice, assistance and representation, for financially disadvantaged and vulnerable people seeking asylum in Australia, including: women who have experienced or fear domestic, family or gender-based violence members of the LGBTIQA+ community stateless people children who are seeking protection without their parents people seeking family reunion in Australia They advocate for systemic law reform and policy that treats refugees with justice, dignity and respect. In the episode, I speak with Sarah about the history of the asylum seeker policy in Australia, the critical support that RACS provides to the community's vulnerable and the impact that COVID-19 has had on Australia's refugee and asylum seeker population, both on-shore and in off-shore detention.  The refugee sector at large has been under constant threat in recent times, with federal funding decimated. RACS does not receive any federal funding to deliver services and are currently the only organisation providing free legal advice dedicated to supporting people seeking asylum. It's for this reason that I wanted to invite Sarah on the show to share how we can support these people in our community and shed light on the hidden crisis facing refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.  For more information about RACS and how you can support, visit: Website: Facebook: YouTube:
September 13, 2020
Planting Trees, Fighting Climate Change & Supporting Local Communities | Chris Kaiser | Click A Tree
Planting trees has a ton of benefits. Not least, trees are vital for human and animal survival. In this episode, I speak with founder and CEO of Click A Tree about how the company has been able to work with local communities in Ghana and Thailand and promote the business of tree planting, and in turn facilitate reforestation and tackle the issue of climate change. Click A Tree's fundraising model is to partner with online platforms such as Expedia, or more recently partnerships with local Gastronomy businesses, and create a user experience where website visitors offset a percentage of their purchase to Click A Tree's tree-planting programs. The tree is paid for from the marketing budget of the platform, instead of being invested in TV spots or Google Ads. It is through this revenue that Click A Tree has been able to plant over a hundred thousand trees thus far, as well as help to educate young, unemployed Ghanaians, protect endangered animal species around the world, battle against climate change, provide work in developing countries, and even protect the quality of soil and air around the world. You can find more information about the work of Click A Tree on the below platforms: Website: Instagram:
August 25, 2020
The Journey Towards Gender Equality in India | Anusha Bharadwaj | VOICE 4 Girls
Two-times TEDx speaker and executive director of VOICE 4 girls, Anusha Bharadwaj, believes in the power of girls to transform communities and nations. It is with this conviction that she leads a group of passionate individuals at VOICE 4 Girls, a social enterprise that educates and empowers marginalized adolescent girls with the vision to eliminate gender inequality and violence.  VOICE has impacted the lives of over 73,000 adolescents and 3200 young camp counsellors. Through activity-based camps, the organisation gives life skills, spoken English, and critical information girls need to take charge of their own lives and become changemakers in their own right. In the podcast, Anusha speaks about the work of VOICE 4 girls, the reasons why gender inequality is still rampant in India and what feminism means in today's day and age. She also discusses the important role boys play in the gender equality discussion and shares a little about the programme BOYS 4 CHANGE. For more information, please visit: Website: Instagram: Ted Talk: Raising Hope Ted Talk: Raising a Feminist Generation
August 14, 2020
The Couple Travelling from New Zealand to The Netherlands With No Flights | The Couple in Row 51
Have you ever thought about the environmental impact of flying? Couple Steven and Simone have, and they have challenged themselves to travel from New Zealand to their homeland of The Netherlands without taking any flights. They want to raise awareness about how tourism can be done in a sustainable manner. The aviation industry, as a whole, contributes to 4.9 percent of human-caused climate change, through the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. While the solution may not be to stop flying at all, we discuss alternative options for travel and ways travellers can offset their emissions. In the podcast, Steven and Simone aka The Couple in Row 51, share their remarkable story and give us some insight into the trials and tribulations of planning overland travel around the world. We talk about topics related to sustainable tourism, the inspiration behind their journey and also get some tips on how to travel as a couple. Tune into this fun and informative final episode of season two. Website: YouTube: Instagram: Facebook: The Altruistic Traveller Podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google and Anchor.
February 27, 2020
Brightening The Lives Of Disadvantaged Youth Through Art with Albie Colvin | Colour Them Safe
Colour Them Safe are an Australian based arts initiative, passionate about youth mental health. Their visual art programs are designed to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of disadvantaged young people in Australia and around the world. In this episode, I speak with founder Albie Colvin about the mission of Colour Them Safe and how art can play a major role in improving the mental health of not only young people but adults as well.  We talk about Colour Them Safe's art initiatives in Australia, as well as their partnerships in India and Nepal. Albie shares some heartwarming stories of children whose lives have been touched by art and offers guidance on ways that we can reintroduce art back into our own lives, as a form of therapy and respite.  "Art is powerful: it doesn’t discriminate, there is no right or wrong. It allows us to be free and can help us escape from hardship." For more information visit
February 12, 2020
Elephant Welfare in Thailand | How KSES is Bringing Elephants Home | Kerri McCrea
Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary (KSES) is a non-profit organisation in Northern Thailand working closely with local communities to bring elephants home to the forest. Elephant welfare in Thailand and Southeast Asia has been compromised since the demand for tourism, partnered with loss of natural habitat, saw an increase in the number of elephants used in domestic services. There are now over 4000 captive elephants in Thailand and less than 1000 in the wild.  This week, I spoke with Kerri McCrea, co-founder of KSES, about the plight of the endangered Asian elephant and how sanctuaries, like KSES, aim to rescue elephants from the poor conditions of tourists camps and bring them back to their natural habitat.  We spoke about the complexities of the welfare surrounding these intelligent creatures; how there is not enough natural habitat for wild elephants to thrive in Thailand. Kerri explains the importance of bringing elephants home to live as normal lives as possible and offers advice to tourists on how to support elephant welfare in Thailand.  For more information about KSES visit: To join the Biosphere Expedition Thailand elephant research project visit: For previous elephant research reports visit:
November 17, 2019
From Corporate to Compassion | Creating a Bridge Between Nomads & Local Causes with Tarek Kholoussy
On this week's podcast, I speak with social entrepreneur and founder of Nomads Giving Back!, Tarek Kholoussey. Nomads Giving Back is a social enterprise with the vision to inspire nomads, ex-pats and travellers to give back to the communities they call 'home away from home.' They are a global community that serves as a bridge between foreigners and locals to create positive social change through cultural exchanges, skill sharing, education, support, and more. They partner with local organisations to create meaningful programs and opportunities for advocacy, fundraising and volunteering to educate, inspire and empower socially-conscious people to make a positive social impact around the world. In the podcast, Tarek shares his journey from corporate Manhattan employee to nomadic global citizen, realising his truth and finding the courage to live it - leading him to a life of service, and ultimately, the creation of Nomads Giving Back! . We talk a lot about connection and how we find meaning and purpose in our lives through compassion and giving back to others. "I had an unusual journey, and what I would like to do is make it easier for people to find their own way, and happiness, faster. When I felt connected to people that felt like they appreciated my presence, my contribution, those were the most meaningful moments of my life." For more information about Nomads Giving Back! visit: Website: | Instagram: | Facebook: Or follow Tarek's journey on Instagram: | YouTube:
November 13, 2019
How Visual Storytelling Creates Connection and Community | Jonathan H. Lee
How do we evoke emotion through stories? On this week's episode, I speak with visual storyteller and content creator Jonathan H. Lee about the role storytelling plays to create connection and community.  Jonathan has spent the last decade using visual documentation and storytelling to inspire collective action. He has helped numerous NGOs, social enterprises and individuals, who are purpose and impact-driven, share their heartwarming stories of resilience, innovation and impact.  Jonathan and I were mutually connected through our association with Conscious Impact, an organisation that invites international volunteers of all backgrounds to join their camp in rural Nepal and offer skilled or unskilled labour, financial donations, and compassionate service to local communities. In the podcast, Jonathan shares his personal journey as a storyteller, what inspires him and tips that impactful visionaries can use to tell their own stories.   Emotion is what connects us, and when we gain the ability to feel and see what another feels and sees we only draw closer to the realisation we are all one.  For more information about Jonathan's work visit Watch the latest Conscious Impact documentary -
October 25, 2019
Saving Sea Turtles by Removing Ghost Nets from Our Oceans | Usman Iqbal | Oliver Ridley Project
The Olive Ridley Project is a conservation organisation protecting sea turtles and their habitat in the Indian Ocean.  In this episode, I speak with Usman Iqbal, the Project Coordinator for the Oliver Ridley Project in Pakistan. With a background in environmentalism and community development, Usman brings technical expertise and knowledge of materials and processes to help the Oliver Ridley Project reduce the impact of ghost gear on sea turtles in the Arabian Sea.   Ghost gear or ghost nets are commercial fishing nets that have been lost, abandoned, or discarded at sea. Every year they are responsible for trapping and killing millions of marine animals including sharks, rays, bony fish, turtles, dolphins, whales, crustaceans, and birds. Since the Olive Ridley Project was founded in 2013, volunteers have removed more than 1400 ghost nets and recorded 812 trapped turtles: olive ridleys make up 89% of the trapped turtles recorded.  In this episode, we talk about the plight of turtles in Pakistan and understand how the Olive Ridley Project helps to protect the species. We touch on the effects of climate change, ocean pollution and ways that humans can protect the sea turtle - one of the ocean ecosystem's vital members.  Usman recounts his day-in-the-life experience of protecting the ocean's turtles. He provides insightful information into the removal of ghost gear and tells of ways that locals are helping to find a home for the discarded materials, including recycling ghost gear to be used in fashion and accessories.  For more information on the Olive Ridley Project visit
October 11, 2019
The Positive Effects of Meditation and How it Can Change Your World with Kevin Rehberg | Highly Meditated
Have you ever tried meditation? On this week's show, I speak with Kevin Rehberg,  meditation coach, Reiki Master and founder of Highly Meditated - a platform created to inspire us to bring mindfulness techniques into our daily lives.  Kevin has been practising mindfulness for 10 years, and for the last 5 years has been heavily focused on techniques such as meditation and breath-work. He has a private practice where he coaches individuals on manifesting their dreams, listening to their intuition, and reducing stress. I connected with Kevin in Ubud Bali when we realised our shared spiritual journeys through meditation and Reiki. I wanted to talk about this topic on the show as I believe in order to be changemakers we must first know ourselves and be the best version of ourselves that we can be. Only then can we make the most impact.  Throughout the episode, we touch on a range of topics such as the human mind, mental health, types of meditation techniques and how mindfulness can change the world for the better.  Get ready for an inspiring talk about the power we all have to manifest our ideal realities and escape our own suffering.  Website: Instagram: *In this podcast we touch on the topic of mental health. If you or anyone you know needs help please visit this link for more information on support lines. 
September 24, 2019
The Sustainable Travel Company Empowering Youth to Travel & Give Back
Choose a Challenge is a travel platform that facilitates meaningful travel challenges for college students while fundraising for charity. The company has taken over 12,000 students abroad on life-changing challenges, raising over US$25 million for charitable causes. On this week's podcast, I spoke with Mike, the Senior Brand and Marketing Coordinator for Choose a Challenge USA. We talked about the company’s commitment to empowering youth through meaningful travel, as well as their solid commitment to sustainable tourism. Through collaboration with colleges and universities through the US and the UK, Choose a Challenge facilitates challenging adventures abroad while giving students the opportunity to fundraise for a charity of their choice. Challenges include summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, running the Edinburgh Marathon in Scotland or hiking Peru’s Machu Picchu. “Our tours are designed to challenge and motivate students,” Mike explains.”Students take these memories and experiences well into their adult life.” Through sustainable tourism initiatives like carbon offsetting and plastic reduction, as well as values such as authenticity and creating community, Choose a Challenge stands out as a company empowering youth to travel and give back. Website:
September 18, 2019
Could we transform all our trash into valuable resources and regenerate the planet?
What if we changed the way we looked at trash? What if our trash could become a valuable resource, with monetary value? We’re talking about this concept on the show today. In this episode, I speak with Alan Bywaters, founder of Green Stars - a global cooperative with a mission to regenerate the planet. Through collaboration with experts all around the world - scientists, engineers and pioneers - Alan has spent much of the past decade researching technologies to convert wasted resources like plastic, cigarette filters, metals, paper and more, into valuable and useful resources like energy and fuel. As a scientist and engineer, Alan confirms that nothing can be created or destroyed, only converted from one form to another. Having worked on the first municipal Waste-to-Energy plant in the UK and a wind farm near Scotland, he realised the capacity to transform waste into resources. He has since taken this knowledge to smaller communities in developing regions who could largely benefit from a more sustainable method of waste management. The perfect scenario would be a solution where waste is transformed to resources which can be sold for money. This idea birthed the Trash2Cash program, an initiative that teaches marginalised communities to change the way they look at waste. In the podcast, we talk about the Trash2Cash program, the future of Green Stars and the technologies required to implement Trash2Cash programs in regions globally. For more information visit the Green Stars website: View the crowdfunding campaign:
September 17, 2019
The travel directory that helps you find impactful experiences in Asia & Africa - I Like Local
Across Asia and Africa, from Kathmandu to Kigali, I Like Local showcases immersive travel experiences directed by locals themselves. This means that 100% of the money asked by the local hosts is directly paid to them. In this week's episode I speak with Sanne Meijboom, the founder of I Like Local and Impact Nomads. Sanne resides in Nairobi, Kenya and has spent much of the past 4 years committed to connecting travellers with local communities, enabling shared connections and experiences.  Since founding the platform, Sanne has been able to empower hundreds of individuals to economically benefit from tourism in their countries. In the podcast we discuss: - Sanne's journey to create and build I Like Local - How I Like Local helps communities thrive - How travel is transforming into something more meaningful  - The rise of travel and social enterprise in Africa - Sanne's other venture, Impact Nomads - What it's like to be a nomad - The future of I Like Local For more information visit the I Like Local website here. 
August 28, 2019
Finding & Rebuilding Community in Nepal with Conscious Impact
What does sustainable development after a natural disaster look like?  On this week’s episode I am speaking with Beth Huggins, program coordinator at Conscious Impact. Conscious Impact is an organisation that invites international volunteers of all backgrounds to join their camp in rural Nepal and offer skilled or unskilled labour, financial donations, and compassionate service to local communities. On the 25th of April 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and injuring nearly 22,000. This earthquake was one of the darkest days in Nepal’s history, 800,000 homes were destroyed and a further 298,000 were damaged.  4 years on, there are still remnants of this earthquake wherever you turn. It is estimated less than 20% of homes have been rebuilt since the earthquake struck. The region of Takure, in Nepal’s east, lost 99% of their homes. Through a long-term partnership and collaboration, Conscious Impact is helping to rebuild this region.  Topics discussed in the episode -  - The story of Conscious Impact (01:40) - Earthquake relief efforts in Nepal (04:00) - Developmental challenges in Nepal (07:30) - How to provide sustainable development (19:15) - The success of  sustainable agriculture (26:00) - What it’s like to volunteer in Nepal (34:00) - Beth's personal experience with Conscious Impact (39:00) - The importance of finding and creating community (44:00) You can refer to my blog for more on Conscious Impact or visit their website to learn about how you can support this cause.  Artwork credit: Ankit Tanu
August 13, 2019
So you want to be a Changemaker? Learn how with TribesforGOOD
So you want to be a changemaker....? In this week's podcast episode I talk with Mandeep Kaur, founder of TribesforGOOD, a mission led organisation developing the potential of individuals as changemakers, through culturally immersive, educational and impactful experiences in India. TribesforGOOD is on a mission to inspire a generation who want to support and work in social enterprises and impact businesses with a focus on people and the planet. Their curated social impact journeys are designed specifically to accomplish that purpose, teaching aspiring changemakers how they can best utilise their skills and passions to make a difference in the world. Mandeep explains how these impactful journeys connect entrepreneurs with local causes. For more information visit
July 26, 2018
How Technology Can Solve The Refugee Crisis - Interview with Sonia & Doug from 1976km
War, Famine, Economic Devastation, Religious and Civil Persecution - These are the reasons why someone makes the fateful decision to flee their homeland in a need to secure basic safety, a better life for their children and access to human rights. 1976km is an international platform focusing on stories of the people from the frontline of the global refugee crisis. This week I chat with founders Sonia & Douglas, both of whom come from humanitarian backgrounds, with extensive experience working in humanitarian crisis and education in the field. In the podcast we uncover the story behind 1976km, named to honour the distance of the dangerous journeys refugees have taken thus far. The team also introduce us to their new program ReFOCUS, a platform providing access and training on media creation tools to help refugees develop marketable skills and develop career paths. Find out more @
July 11, 2018
The Price of Freedom - One Afghan Refugee's Story
CW // Violence/murder Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees, and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.  In this episode, I interview special guest, Zaki, to discuss what it's like to flee hardship and live life as a refugee. Zaki is a refugee from Afghanistan. After his father disappeared the Taliban then targeted Zaki to be killed. In 2013, only 17 years old, he escaped from Afghanistan and came to Australia by boat. He has spent the past few years on a bridging visa, studying English and being an inspirational activist for refugee rights, helping others who have had to endure the horrifying burden of seeking asylum.  In this interview, he opens up about his heart-rending journey of loss and faith, with the hope to help raise awareness of the plight of refugees around the world. You'll need your tissues for this moving story of courage and sacrifice. Thank you Zaki, you're a true inspiration. To support refugees in Australia please visit the below links:
June 19, 2018
A Family Travel Hub with a Sustainable Heart - Our Family Travels
This week on the podcast we're back on the topic of travel, talking with Brenda Pomponio from Our Family Travels, a travel blog with a sustainable heart. Our Family Travels is a digital platform founded by parent traveller, Brenda Pomponio, whose passion for pioneering a travel attitude focused on heartfelt moments with the family is at the forefront. In the podcast we talk about what it's like to travel as a family and how to bring the concept of sustainable travel on that journey together. Follow Our Family Travels at
June 17, 2018
How Social Business Creates Change with Kathy Wong, Moeloco
Kathy Wong is the founder and chief Energy Officer of Moeloco, a social enterprise business that puts shoes on children in poverty . By providing shoes to these underprivileged children, the social enterprise assists in granting access to education in order to provide employment opportunities and a better way of life out of such difficult conditions. This simple idea of a flip flop that provides a pair of school shoes for each pair sold is now a fashion brand sold internationally that has impacted almost 8,000 children in three and a half years. In the podcast we talk about the rise of social impact business and hear Kathy's impactful journey. Her advice - Heart-led leadership and compassion. Through this kind of leadership we can see fundamental social and economic barriers overcome by ethical business and opportunity. Follow her journey: Websites: , Facebook: @crazydreamerstvshow , @kathywongchangemaker
June 02, 2018
The App Making Ethical & Sustainable Food Easy to Find - Interview with Paul from Fair Food Forager
Fair Food Forager is an app (and B Corp) developed in Australia that helps you find the best, most ethical and conscious grocers, restaurants, cafe's and producers around the world. In this interview I chat with Paul, founder of Fair Food Forager, one of the most passionate people I have yet to meet in the environmental industry. Paul's drive to create a greener planet really shows through in the interview as he talks about his journey with Fair Food Forager and wanting to create a ripple effect that inspires us all to do our part for the planet. We talk in depth about the app and the growth of environmental awareness around the globe, including places like Vietnam where Paul has encountered grassroots activism such as local beach cleanups. In June he joins the Peloton Against Plastic, a bicycle ride from Hanoi to Bangkok, designed to generate conversation about prevention of plastic pollution. For more information visit
May 05, 2018
What does the future of International Aid look like? | Interview wth Tony Macie from Expert Exchange
In this episode we're talking about the transformation of International Aid with special guest Tony Macie from Expert-Exchange. As a combat Veteran, Macie has experienced the best and worst of humankind. After getting out of the Army with honorable medical discharge, he retained a longing to serve his fellow Veterans, which he did by volunteering for several non-profits addressing Veterans rights and combatting PTSD. Latterly, Macie was so inspired by visiting SE Asia that he immediately felt a calling to help others by sharing the expertise and resources at his disposal: this brought about the establishment of Expert-Exchange. Expert-Exchange is a new type of deployment - open to veterans and civilians alike - with the primary mission to empower disenfranchised families globally via skills training and the capital to foster lasting community improvements. Macie is heading up the program in Cambodia and has been in SE Asia since 2014. Throughout our conversation we touch on some c
March 13, 2018
The Road to a Plastic Free Cambodia with Sarah Rhodes
This week on the podcast I'm talking with Sarah Rhodes, founder of Plastic Free Cambodia, an initiative that aims to raise awareness of the damage single-use disposable plastic is causing to the Kingdom of Cambodia, and our world as a whole. She talks about the positive impact the movement has had on Cambodia and it's people, the challenges still to come and how we can all play a role in plastic reduction to help clean up our world. " Why Plastic Free Cambodia? Unlike paper and banana leaves which decompose, plastic (and styrofoam) don't ever go away! More plastic was produced in the first 10 years of this century than the entire last century! Because plastic is derived from petroleum products, its use is causing major environmental problems in the world and in Cambodia. It is in our rivers and along our streets. You can see it! We catch fish from these rivers and they have been swimming in and eating our plastic rubbish - so when we eat them, we are also eating plastic which can
February 02, 2018
Using Earth bags to Rebuild Nepal - Interview with Pratik and Trish
Last month I had the pleasure of interviewing Pratik Karki and Trish Dixit, friends, teachers and earth bag constructors in Nepal with a vision that aims to assist in rebuilding the 700,000+ homes that were destroyed in the devastating 2015 earthquake. In this interview we talk about earth bags and the vision to create an earth bag construction training centre to help rebuild Nepal. For more information visit -
July 29, 2017
Discussing LGBTI rights in Nepal with Peter - Activist and counsellor at Blue Diamond Society
This week I am speaking with openly gay LGBTI activist, and counsellor for NGO Blue Diamond Society, about the LGBTI movement here in Nepal. The Blue Diamond Society is an NGO in Kathmandu that works with local communities and on a national level, with the mission to improve the sexual health, human rights and well being of sexual and gender minorities in Nepal. Nepal is a conservative country that still disapproves any sexual behaviour other than heterosexual, meaning that many members of the LGBTI community face discrimination on a daily basis. In this interview we talk about how Blue Diamond Society is helping members of the LGBTI community rise above social stigmas and pave the path for more equal rights for future generations. Peter opens up about his experiences coming out in Nepal and being a voice and activist for LGBTI rights around the country. You can find more information about the Blue Diamond Society on their website
June 18, 2017
Helping to rehabilitate the prisoners of Nepal - Interview with Hidden Life Foundation
This week I am speaking exclusively with the founder of Hidden Life Foundation, Vivek Upadhyay. Hidden Life Foundation is the first social organisation in Nepal founded to help rehabilitate and release those put in prison for petty crimes, mostly brought upon by extreme poverty and low socio-economic conditions. The organisation commits to improving the hygiene, facilities and living standards of those in the prison system. In this interview we discuss the organisation's mission, the social issues that cause people to commit crime in Nepal, the prison system and conditions, and Hidden Life Foundation's aim to give people a second chance at life. Find out more at or on Facebook at
June 13, 2017
Talking fair trade & gender equality with Nasreen Sheikh - LOCWOM founder
Welcome to The Altruistic Traveller podcast, sharing stories and interviews with the influential changemakers of this world. This week I am talking with fair trade & gender equality advocate Nasreen Sheikh. Nasreen has been a face for gender equality in Nepal through her work providing training opportunities to women from marginalised communities. In this episode we talk about fair trade, gender equality, environmental sustainability and ways we can all be part of the positive change we wish to see in this world. For more information visit or
June 09, 2017