I'd Rather Be Here Now

Colleen Sinsky blogging at the intersection of wanderlust and social justice.

Things I Like

Non-mainstream news sources:

Democracy Now! a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.

Yes! Magazine online and in print reader supported journalism. Yes! “outlines a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world.”

Street Roots Portland, Oregon based paper “For Those Who Cannot Afford Free Speech.” Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.

International Network of Street Papers is a network connecting 112 street papers in 35 countries. Their mission is to challenge inequality and social exclusion through creative, socially responsible journalism and empower marginalized individuals through income generating opportunities.

AJ+ online news and current events channel run by Al Jazeera.

Are You Syrious? Facebook page collaborating news on the Syrian war and refugee crisis.

The Onion America’s Finest News Source


For Travel, Vagabonding and Service

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Offering one-year volunteer placements throughout the Pacific Northwest. Live in an intentional community focused on social and economic justice and serve as a full-time AmeriCorps volunteer in a variety of placements. (I can’t express my gratitude properly for how much my time as a Jesuit Volunteer enabled me to grow.)

WWOOF World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Learn about farming, permaculture, animal care by living and working on small farms.

Backdoor Jobs Short term work opportunities. Mostly US-based, and often outdoor/adventure based. I’ve gotten a few amazing, unique jobs from this site.

Workaway Short term volunteer opportunities available in 150+ countries. Room + board usually included for 5 hours of work per day.

Idealist.org jobs board used by over 118,360 organizations worldwide. Volunteer, paid, intern, and event opportunities in the non-profit and activism world.


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