2013 Vicarious Traveller’s Series a Success… and What is WWOOFING?

The Richmond Hostel Committee friends and volunteers, along with the Richmond Public Library, have hosted the Vicarious Traveler’s Series on select Saturday afternoons this winter.

We had a great series this year, with lively presentations and great audiences. From The Frugal Explorer’s Dream Trip to Australia with Emily Parlove on Jan. 5, to Budget Travel: More Bang for Your Euro with Gerry Leonard on Jan. 19 and most recently, Thailand and Cambodia with Amy Nichols-Beloon on  Feb. 9. Thanks to all of our speakers!

Up next is our final installment for the season on March 16: Seeing the World by WWOOFING.

…. and what is WWOOFING?

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms! Want to know more?

Join us, and learn more about WWOOFING from speakers Katy Rugg, Flora Vassar and Emily Salle.
Saturday, March 16, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Richmond Public Library Main Branch, 101 E Franklin St., Richmond, VA.

Invite your friends and RSVP to our Facebook event.

In the meantime, check out a few WWOOFING links:
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms
WWOOF International


Vicarious Travel Series – Mali & Senegal


Come on out to the Richmond Library across the street from the hostel for the 3rd speaker in our Vicarious Travelers Series

Dr. Robin Poulton and Virginia Vassar will share their stories and slides from Mali and Senegal. Dr. Poulton will have copies of his book about Mali for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the hostel.

Please join us if you can–and bring a friend who might be interested in the hostel! Refreshments served. The fun starts at 3:30pm

Optional tour of the future Richmond hostel after the presentation.

Hope to see you there!

Vicarious Travel Series Continues

Join Richmond native Virginia Vasser February 25  to learn about her travels to exotic Jordon and  insights into Muslim Culture.

This is the second in the Richmond Hostel’s Vicarious Travelers Series.  These presentations are designed to offer people an opportunity to learn about customs and cultures from around the world.

The presentation is free.

February 25
3:30 – 5  pm
Richmond Main Library
101 East Franklin Street

The presentation  will be followed by an optional tour of the future Richmond Hostel under development next door.


Vicarious Travelers Series

Free Lectures Announced

The Richmond Hostel Committee is sponsoring  the Vicarious Travelers Series  to introduce people to travel to exotic locations across the globe.  These lectures are an opportunity to  learn about customs and cultures around the world  Through these shared stories, music and discussions we can start to understand how interrelated we are and appreciate our unique place in this world we inhabit.  

Topics include:

  • Feb. 4–Kristin Smith, lifelong traveler and Board member of the Potomac Area Council of Hosteling International, will share stories about her trip to Easter Island
  • Feb. 25–Virginia Vassar, Maggie Walker graduate currently teaching Arabic in Washington, DC, will talk about her trip to Jordan and offer other insights into Muslim culture
  • March 3–Dr. Robin Poulton and Virginia Vassar will discuss their visits to Mali and Senegal in Western Africa, two former French colonies.  Dr. Poulton’s recent book about Mali will be available for purchase at the hostel after his presentation.
  • March 31–Enjoy slides of Tanzania’s gorgeous scenery and amazing wildlife during a presentation by Alice Baird.

All Vicarious Traveler’s Series presentations will be shown at the Richmond Public Library Main Branch, 101 East Franklin Street  at  3:30 p.m. and will be followed by an optional tour of the future Richmond Hostel.