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Travel Deal: 6-Night Trip to Lisbon with Hotel and Airfare From $899

Lisbon is known as “The City of Seven Hills,” and there are plenty of nice vantage points from which you can scope out the broad cityscape and the adjacent Rio Tejo, or Tagus River. Right on the Rio Tejo is a UNESCO World Heritage site and bastion of the city since 1515, the ornate Belém Tower, with its white Moorish-style architecture. While you’re here, it’s also worth visiting the Jerónimos Monastery, another World Heritage site with sculpted columns depicting sea monsters and coral.

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Fauna Forever’s Exclusive Offer

Have you always dreamed of a volunteer trip to the Amazon for conservation work?
Fauna Forever is now offering a special, exclusive 10% discount off its conservation volunteer trips to readers of Travelanthropist.  The first five of our readers who book with them will get 10% off!
Imagine yourself waking up in the middle of a rain forest in south eastern Peru. You wake up, have a bite to eat, and first thing in the morning your off to study and collect data of some of the most unique and wondrous animals …

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Great Deals on Green Travel — Bid Away!

Once again, Sustainable Travel International (STI) is running its Green Travel Auction. The auction will run until October 30. This is your chance to get some fabulous eco-adventures, green hotel stays, and incredible tours at a fraction of the retail price and support a great cause at the same time! There are 43 travel items being auctioned with low opening bids. Here are some great deals to be had:
3-night stay and community project tour in Cambodia    $220
Spend three night at Journeys Within B&B in Siem Reap, Cambodia and enjoy a …

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Give A Day, Get A Disney Day

Beginning January 1, 2010, Disney is offering the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program that celebrates volunteer service. One million people who volunteer in their communities will get a free one-day admission to the parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida or Disneyland in California.
You can go to DisneyParks.com to search for volunteer opportunities through the HandsOn Network and sign up for a day of volunteer service. Many of the opportunities will be for projects in which entire families can participate.
Disney has always been about celebration — …

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"Eat So They Can" – Global Fundraiser to Stop Child Poverty

Eat So They Can, a Global Volunteer Network (GVN) Foundation initiative, is an international fundraiser that invites people around the world to host dinner parties on the weekend of October 17-18 in what is collectively one huge dinner party; where something as simple as sharing a meal with friends can help stop child poverty. The funds raised at the events will go towards supporting orphanages and schools in Africa and South America, providing disadvantaged children with the essentials for survival.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 2009 …

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RockResorts' Give & Getaway Promotions

This year all RockResorts in the U.S. and Caribbean along with the Breckenridge, Keystone, and Vail Resorts are offering you the opportunity to give back to the environment, and in return for your volunteer efforts, you will receive:
1) A reduced rate on a stay at a luxurious RockResort
2) Complimentary gifts like a reusable, durable hydration pack, soothing hand lotion and more!
The Give & Getaway package is centered around guests volunteering in the community they’re visiting. The resort will arrange an environmental conservation project for you such as recreational trail …

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Give a Day, Get a Night

On the heels of the D.C. hotel promotion we mentioned a few weeks back, another hotel group is supporting volunteerism. Sage Hospitality, with a portfolio of 53 hotels including Marriott, Starwood and Hilton, is offering half-price rooms and even a complimentary night (limited availability).
With occupancy rates down dramatically at hotels, this promotion is an alternative to slashing room rates and one that builds goodwill in tough times.
At check-in, guests show a letter from a registered non-profit organization that proves they’ve done 8 hours of voluntary service. This …