Summer is still going on, hot and sunny. If you haven’t yet been to the sea, or if you want a somewhat different approach to a summer holiday, here are some options for you. There are lots of interesting opportunities and among them are amazing lakes which are no less interesting and are good for swimming and spending a summer holiday on the shore. The tourist infrastructure of many lakes is very developed and can accommodate many visitors. The entertainment possibilities of such places are also significant. In this guide, read about alternative summer spots such as lakes.

Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time International Movement has spent the last few years exploring the globe in pursuit of some of its most spectacular wild flora and fauna. During his travels he has encountered a wide array of vulnerable and endangered species including the Black Rhinoceros, and the planet’s largest ever animal, the Blue Whale. During his time spent working with vulnerable teenagers in Rwanda, he ventured to the lush green hills of Volcanoes National Park, where he came face to face with the mountain gorilla.

Epirus is a region in northwestern Greece. Unlike Trace and Macedonia, Epirus is not located by the Aegean Sea, but on the Ionian, the sea that washes the west cost of Greece. Epirus is mountainous, like most of Greece, and really beautiful, and it offers all kinds of types of tourism – forests, mountain lakes, slopes, beaches, and a lot of cultural, historical, and religious sites; and if you are interested in sports, you can go rafting, canoeing, or kayaking.

In the past few years, Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time International Movement has been exploring the globe with hopes of experiencing close encounters with its most weird and wonderful creatures. While many individuals' bucket lists contain activities such as bungee jumping and mountain climbing, Leigh’s lifelong dream was to dive with one of the most feared creatures ever to inhabit the planet.

Today we are going to Old Serbia – a region known in the past as Rashka and now called Sandzak. This is a part of Serbia that is frequently overlooked, and definitely underrated as a tourist area. Rashka/Sandzak has a very rich history and culture, and an alluring multiculturalism. It is the heartland of the oldest Slavic state in the Balkans and the oldest Serbian principality. It is also home to the Bosniak ethnic minority, one of the largest ethnic minorities in Serbia. This region is 70% populated by Bosniaks, who are Muslims of Slavic origin and the descendants of the Slavs who converted to Islam during the period of Ottoman rule over the Balkans (14th-20th centuries).

Volunteering has become an increasingly popular activity among globetrotters in the past decade. Whether looking to give something back to a good cause or simply having the desire to boost one’s resume, there are a wide variety of opportunities available. In this article, Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time provides insight into the murky world of wildlife volunteering. Through his extensive experience working with animals, he lends advice on how to avoid having your good intentions exploited in this progressively unreliable field. 

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