What better way to connect with your family on vacation than by sharing a volunteer adventure overseas!?
Animal Experience International offers safe, ethical, and authentic volunteer experiences. They only partner with locally run conservation and animal programs and make sure that all volunteering absolutely does help the animals and the environment.
Nora Livingstone – Co-founder of Animal Experience International
Making memories with your family while helping animals? Nora Livingstone doesn’t think there is anything better.
Nora is the co-founder and volunteer coordinator of Animal Experience International. She has volunteered with animals in places such as Nepal, Oman, Sierra Leone and Costa Rica. She loves the idea of empowering people to live their dreams and travel while helping animals.
Nora holds a double major from Trent University in Environmental Studies and Cultural Anthropology. She is an Online Suicide Intervention Specialist and holds an internationally recognised competency certificate from the QPR institute. She recently became a Good Travels Travel Advisor.
While working as a volunteer coordinator at a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Canada, Nora was able to gain extensive knowledge of volunteer management. Nora holds FEMA certifications for volunteering, leadership and deployment during natural disasters, which she has put to good use rescuing animals in places like New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Having spent thousands of hours in planes, trains, tuk-tuks, buses, canoes and in her hiking boots. She loves the transformative nature of travel, for individuals and families.
Pet a Wolf at Wolf Creek Habitat – So, you want to meet some wolves. The logical place to go is southern Indiana, right? Right!
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About Your Host
Aaron Schlein is a family man, entrepreneur, and podcaster who knows first-hand about the transformational power of family travel.
When Aaron was a teenager, he began exploring the world with his grandmother, Shirley Schlein—to whom he is eternally grateful for igniting his passion for travel. Becoming a father inspired Aaron to pay forward his grandmother’s generosity and create media content to inspire parents to travel the world with their kids.
In the summer of 2018, Aaron partnered with the Family Travel Association to produce its official podcast, Family Travel Radio. Aaron lives in Sacramento, CA with his wife and two children (who are growing up too fast!)
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