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First Person Dispatch: Caring for Orphaned Kids in Mexico
First Person Dispatch: Caring for Orphaned Kids in Mexico

Matador contributor Dominic DeGrazier visits a Mexican orphanage and finds nothing that he expected.Photo: Dominic DeGrazierRun-down. A cold atmosphere. Dirty. Desperate.Apart from being a bit preoccupied with the swine flu, these were my images of a Mexican orphanage before visiting the Door of Faith Orphanage (DOFO) in Baja California, Mexico.

Confessions of an ESL teacher
Confessions of an ESL teacher

English teacher Anne Hoffman brings us into her world.YOU ARE: hair askew, cigarette hanging from mouth, sandals on tanned feet. Working out this whole English thing. Writing in your notebook, the cityscape behind you. Coffee to your left.You’re like a poster of a 60s Latin American radical, a café terrorist.

What’s in your backpack, Jenny Buccos?
What’s in your backpack, Jenny Buccos?

Photos courtesy of Jenny Buccos, ProjectExplorerOver the last 5 years, Jenny M. Buccos, Director, Producer, and Founder of ProjectExplorer.org, has been traveling between 19 countries for film and multimedia productions. She shares the contents of her backpack with Matador below.Sony Cybershot DSC-H9 8.

Letting go of judgments is not easy
Letting go of judgments is not easy

Kristin Conard makes some snap judgments and catches herself. She finds she’s mostly wrong. But sometimes she’s right.I’M AT A POSH RESTAURANT. What’s worse, I’m at a restaurant that knows it’s posh (judgment). There are multiple crystal chandeliers, gold brocade fabric hanging in swooping swags. My tennis shoes and windblown hair from being out on a boat aren’t quite right, and I’m hating myself for not changing or running a comb through my hair (self-judging).

Pakistani Politics: Why Women’s Voices Matter
Pakistani Politics: Why Women’s Voices Matter

Photo: Alex StonehillViolence in Pakistan dominates the headlines. But rarely do we hear reports on the perspective of women. Sarah Stuteville finds their voices.In the gray light of my first morning in Pakistan, the thick salty smell of sulfur introducing me to the seaside city of Karachi, the streets were full of men.

Sony ICD-P620 Digital Voice Recorder
Sony ICD-P620 Digital Voice Recorder

Having a digital voice recorder within easy reach while traveling is becoming more and more essential. By capturing audio moments that may otherwise have remained unmemorable, you enhance your overall travel experience.For travel journalists – professional and amateur alike – a voice recorder is a worthwile investment.

Volunteer Voice: Learning More About Sustainable Bolivia
Volunteer Voice: Learning More About Sustainable Bolivia

Photo: Hal AmenDuring the last six weeks volunteering through the Cochabamba-based Sustainable Bolivia, I’ve come to know its small but friendly and dedicated staff, some of the 30 local foundations it supplies with funding and volunteers, and a bit about its business model.Less clear to me, though, is how the organization developed.

Honduras By The Numbers
Honduras By The Numbers

Matador Contributing Editor Juliane Huang gives us a by the numbers overview of medical volunteering in Honduras.Panoramic view of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. All photos: Global Medical BrigadesHours on the plane, round-trip, including delays: 16People seen and treated for medical concerns: 1,000Medicines brought by volunteers.

Photographer and Matadorian Jeff Bartlett Launches 52 Week Project
Photographer and Matadorian Jeff Bartlett Launches 52 Week Project

Adventure photographer and MatadorU alum Jeff Bartlett is launching a new travel and outdoor photography project and we wanted to find out more about it.Tell us a little bit about yourself and your photography.My photography is really just an extension of my passion: outdoor adventure. I love spending time in the mountains.

Reporters’ Center Helps Citizen Journalists Find and Tell Great Stories
Reporters’ Center Helps Citizen Journalists Find and Tell Great Stories

Reporters’ Center is a YouTube channel dedicated to help users understand the power of citizen journalism and offers practical tips from the world’s best journalists.Ever captured a natural disaster or a crime on your cell-phone camera or filmed a political protest? Then you’re part of the enormous community of citizen reporters on YouTube, and this channel is for you.

Making planes run on bio-fuel
Making planes run on bio-fuel

A team of scientists in North Dakota has successfully created jet fuel from plant oils, Scientific American reports, and the resulting product is “indistinguishable from the conventional kind.”I’ve been waiting for this news for a long time.Of course, a reduction of our consumption levels is the first step, and of course, bio-fuels aren’t perfect by any means.

Notes on Temperatures in a Warzone
Notes on Temperatures in a Warzone

The first writer published in response to Matador’s recent call for nonlinear narratives, Jake Reed reflects on his experience in Afghanistan through different temperatures.125° FahrenheitDoha, Qatar, summer 2010. My bottle of frozen water is warm after the 100-yard walk from the chow hall to my tent.