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The Altruistic Traveller is a podcast bringing you stories of influential changemakers from around the globe.

We talk about the topics that will shape our future for the better.
24 Episodes
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.
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
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:
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:
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:
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 -
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
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. 
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:
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:
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. 
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
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
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 @
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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