Documentary: Schooling the World (2010)

Films For Action

For the next month, the film-makers who created Schooling The World have generously made their film available to us in the spirit of the Gift.

Instead of setting a price and transacting before you’ve seen the film, they are turning the tables and allowing you to experience the film and gift back according to your values, your means, and the quality of how the film may have gifted you. Let’s show the film-makers that the gift economy can work!

Film summary:

If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children.

The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a ‘better’ life for indigenous children. But is this true? What really happens when we replace a traditional culture’s way of learning and understanding the world with our own? SCHOOLING THE WORLD takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures.

Interested to read more? Check out the film director’s blog for several excellent essays. Questions? Contact the film-maker.


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Short Documentary: The Lie We Live

The social media and websites around the world have been booming with new videos and articles about the way we live our life’s, and more and more people are waking up with a will to change there life’s.

Exposing the truth about our corrupt world and what humanity has become.

My name is Spencer Cathcart and this is a short documentary film I made questioning our freedom, the education system, corporations, money, the American capitalist system, the US government, world collapse, the environment, climate change, genetically modified food, and our treatment of animals.

And if you like to see more of his videos you can subscribe to his YouTube channel.


The Amazon need your help!


For as long as I remember I have always wanted to visit the amazon jungle, see the amazing wildlife and nature that makes the amazon so great. In the recent years it has been popping up more and more videos and articles about how we are destroying this wonderful place more and more each day. And didn’t we learn in school that we need the trees and the plants for oxygen, the thing that all animals and humans need to survive?

Amazon watch is a organisation  that is working hard together with the people that live in the amazon to stop this.



Humanity’s survival depends on not burning two-thirds of our global oil reserves, so we must act now by limiting fossil fuel extraction. The highly bio diverse Amazon basin is a keystone area in combating climate change because it regulates our planet’s health and drives global weather patterns. Preserving regions most critical for our survival—from the Amazon to the Arctic—is the solution to avoiding climate chaos. That’s why we are globally calling to KEEP THE OIL IN THE GROUND, starting with the Amazon.

Please, act today and share this video with everyone you know who likes to breathe air.

Short documentary: Forest Man

Documentary: Forest Man

We came across this truly amazing story about the forest man and we hade to tell our readers and viewer’s. It is not hard to change our way of living, all it takes is a small change and we are on our way to a better future.

Since the 1970’s Majuli islander Jadav Payeng has been planting trees in order to save his island. To date he has single handedly planted a forest larger than Central Park NYC. His forest has transformed what was once a barren wasteland, into a lush oasis. 

Humble yet passionate and philosophical about his work. Payeng takes us on a journey into his incredible forest.

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Free volunteering! what went wrong?!

Free volunteering! what went wrong?!

Almost a year has gone by since we went viral with and our next adventure into the world.
So what has happened?
Well, we have traveled through ten countries, hunting witch doctors in Philippines, into the jungle in Cambodia and saving Balinese cats in Indonesia just to mention a few.
But has all this been for a cause? 
When we started out our volunteering project in 2014 we had great ambitions and thought the task would be easy. Our ambition is not to save the world. That takes more than two people, but we wanted to contribute and show that it is possible for anyone to help.
After all we were going to travel all over the world non stop for three years. Surely there would be people and organizations in need of desperate help.
So we started the research, we contacted organizations, we did our part. But our inbox was often empty of mail from future partners. If we got response the organizations demanded a fee to be paid in advance, often a ridiculously high amount. This felt wrong to us. Organizations in need of help are restricted by people? Who has 2700 USD or more to pay to work for free for two weeks? Which ordinary people has that money to spare?
So maybe we have to work around this and go on location, we thought.
Many organizations are not as visible online and some are local only.
So leaving the mailbox to the future we boarded the our first flight 12th of March 2014 and headed out into the unknown.
At first we had no luck at all at our first destination Hong Kong. It proved to be a difficult nut to crack.
We had more luck in Indonesia, stumbling upon a cat shelter in Ubud, Bali. The job was not adventurous but still important. We spent almost three weeks socializing cats that were in desperate need of attention. 

We spent a few weeks there and we thought that now it has begun. We had stepped into the world of volunteering.

The following months was hard. No one showed interest. We found a few organizations but they were all either orphanages or the likes already provided with a steady stream of volunteers. Our aim is to help those that are in real need and not using volunteers as a way of marketing.

So our step into the world of volunteering was still quite small.

After another few months we entered the borders of Cambodia and this amazing country opened up a whole new opportunity for us where we got to volunteer with an organization whos goal is to protect the last remaining rain forest and its inhabitants.

We enjoyed the time in the jungle but we felt that our work was limited in a way. There were so many things on the to do list in this eco tourism jungle. But instead we struggled with small tasks and found out much later after our service was over that there were so many more things we could have done there. The organization always complained about the too heavy workload with so little time and people. But we were ignored despite our efforts. Two hard working persons, who they could use for free to do that whole to do list and assignments for them. That seemed odd. So was there really any desperate need of help in this organization?

After Cambodia, we hit a wall and no more volunteering was opening up other than the regular orphanages.

Don’t get us wrong, there are surely plenty of orphanages that needs attention. But were are they?
The ones we came in touch with had either a full schedule with volunteers or said no thank you because they never accept volunteers. Or some demanded up front cash and not donations.

So were is this wrong, you might ask?

Well, to sum it up. Offering unlimited free help from two people for unlimited time should not be hard to offer at all. We thought we would have a steady stream of offers for us. Apparently a bit naive.
But the strange thing for us is the lack of response to those we contacted. No one even bothered to answer. And these are organizations that claim to be so much in need of assistance or in need of volunteers. If we would have offered free money instead of workforce, we bet the result would be completely different. So were is that desperate need we ask?

When we started Travel Helpful we had a positive view of the world and thought things could change and that there really are good organizations out there. But nothing we have done so far has really proven that. We were proved wrong.

So from now on, we will put this project on ice until we find organizations or people who really are in need of help and we feel are not just after the free stuff.

Too bad volunteering proved to be so difficult in a world that claims to be in need.
It feels like everyone is in it for the money.

You want to prove us wrong?