Earlier this year, billions of people from around the world looked on as hurricane after hurricane slammed into countries throughout the Caribbean and the southern coast of the United States. Harvey, Irma, Maria -- these words became household names throughout the Western Hemisphere and have left what CNN called a "nuclear landscape" behind across the Caribbean.
It's hard to stand by and do nothing, and travel-minded people like us at Go Overseas like to be hands-on. We have deepened our empathy and awareness about the world through our travels so we feel these events more acutely. We may even know these places firsthand from previous visits to the affected communities. As travelers and volunteers, it's our inclination to want to be involved. We want to help. We want to make the world better.
If you read reports back from places like Puerto Rico, where "hysteria is starting to spread" among 3.4 million affected persons (who may be off the power grid for 4-6 months and has been set back 20-30 years in development terms, some officials say), then you may just want to get on the first plane bound to San Juan and dive into the recovery efforts. Here's our take on where and how to help.