About Robin Van Auken

Robin Van Auken, CEO of Hands-on Heritage, is a writer and researcher, with 35+ years experience interviewing people and telling stories. Her educational background combines advanced degrees in Communications and Anthropology, with a focus on Public and Historical (Military/Industrial Sites) Archaeology. In addition to her work as a journalist, she is the author and co-author of a dozen books on regional history. An adjunct college instructor, she has directed multi-year historical and archaeological projects, working with hundreds of volunteers and temporary staff, and educating thousands of visitors.
Robin is a writer and researcher, with 35+ years experience interviewing people and telling stories. Her educational background combines advanced degrees in Communications and Anthropology, with a focus on Public and Historical (Military/Industrial Sites) Archaeology.

Yoga Teacher Training: Certifications & Retreats in India, Costa Rica &More

If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others. By taking a yoga retreat, and even becoming a certified yoga instructor, you will learn to balance stress and alleviate anxiety so that you can lead a healthier lifestyle. When you learn the proper techniques of yoga from expert practitioners [...]

Volunteer Farming and Agriculture Projects | Sustainable Farming Abroad

Help protect and preserve forests and farmlands, and study food, agriculture, and rural life when you join NGOs, universities, and independent growers on a sustainable farming experience abroad. You'll learn that all farmland is not created equal, and farming today is more than just producing crops. It's about business management as much as [...]

Business & Microfinance Internships Abroad: Get Hands-On Experience

With the semester winding down, you probably have some free time on the horizon. You could go home and see if your job at the local grocery store is still open...or if you’re looking for an adventure, you can choose a totally different path and sign up for a business internship abroad. There [...]

Building Community, One Heart at a Time with Wendy Dean

Wendy Butler Dean is the owner of The Omnibus Publishing, a boutique publishing company that specializes in children’s books, Young Adult novels, and some non-fiction. The Omnibus is a hybrid company, combining a unique blend of older, traditional book publishing and new, digital publishing. She produces ebooks and print on demand paperbacks. Wendy’s a [...]

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Yoga & Volunteer Experience in India | Visit the Birthplace of Yoga

The ancient science of yoga has been practiced in India for thousands of years. It's well researched and acknowledged as bringing happiness, health, and peace of mind to those who practice it. During the past 100 years, yoga has been recognized and welcomed in the West, and become important as a fitness regimen. [...]

Journalism Internships & Volunteer Projects | Get Experience Abroad

If you're a creative person looking for a career opportunity in communications, then you know it's difficult to get hired without a solid portfolio. But how do you go about developing that portfolio if you don't have a job? Great news! You can jumpstart your career as a professional journalist or photographer with [...]

A Guide to Being Alone

Today I try out a new software platform for recording podcasts, Anchor, and experiment with recording smaller audio clips, transitions, and putting together a show on the fly. I also discuss an amazing book, "How to Be Alone," by Sara Maitland, a handbook on solitude and why it's important for people, particularly those individuals [...]

2020-09-18T15:09:42-05:00By |Podcast|

Volunteer in Namibia Wildlife Sanctuaries – Elephants, Cheetahs & More

Do you like wide, open spaces? Enjoy sleeping under the stars? One of the best reasons for choosing a volunteer abroad program in Namibia, a country beloved for its rugged, harsh, yet beautiful landscapes, is because you will be able to live and work in the great outdoors. The world “Namib” means “vast [...]

Volunteer in Zambia & Victoria Falls: Chimpanzees, Medical, Teaching

Visit Victoria Falls in Zambia as a responsible traveler - and while you’re there, lend a hand as a volunteer! From projects that have you teaching at a rural village with International Volunteer HQ, to shadowing medical professionals at hospitals with Love Volunteers, to romping with chimpanzees at Chimfunshi with African Impact, you'll have tons of [...]

Volunteer in Belize: Work with Marine Wildlife, Research Coral Reefs

On the Caribbean Sea and bordered by Guatemala and Mexico, Belize is home to the second-longest Barrier Reef in the world, a UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site. It’s also home to the phenomenal Great Blue Hole, a natural sinkhole that’s more than 400 miles deep. The Great Blue Hole is on most scuba divers' bucket lists, and [...]

Best Solo Vacations for Lone Travelers: Volunteer Vacations for Singles

If you’re thinking about volunteering abroad, but the thought of traveling solo has you thinking twice, consider this amazing fact: The United States alone may send 20 million volunteer travelers on projects worldwide by the year 2020. The UK, the EU, Australia, and Canada also are seeing millions of its citizens travel for volunteer [...]

Spanish Immersion Programs: Learn Spanish Abroad, Earn College Credit

Immerse yourself in a Spanish Language program abroad and earn college credit. Foreign language courses are required for most university degrees, and being conversational or even fluent in another language can improve your career prospects. Being bilingual can help you stand out in a competitive job market. Need another good reason to learn [...]

Volunteer in Portugal | Teach English, Work with Children and More

A mesmerizing blend of old and new, Portugal enchants its visitors with medieval castles, cobblestoned roads, vibrant street art, and possibly the world's strongest coffee. If you're considering a trip to Europe, this historic, culturally rich country guarantees amazing encounters. Lisbon, the idyllic capital of Portugal, may be known for stunning architecture, music, [...]

Summer Study Abroad Programs for High School and College Students

You know the benefits of studying abroad. They're easy to pinpoint: Traveling to a new country, learning a new language, enhancing your resume, and finding professional opportunities. But it’s the intangible benefits that stay with you forever - experiences that change your life, permit spiritual and academic growth, and foster within you an [...]

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