inside/out Announces Assistance Adventure Trip to Aid in Greek Animal Welfare Crisis

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"Humanitourism" travel company inside/out addresses the largely unknown animal welfare crisis in Greece with an assistance adventure trip in October 2008. Participants will assist in improving the lives of the countless dogs in Greece struggling to survive under horrifying conditions and then explore the country in a unique adventure tour.

inside/out (http://theinsideandout.com), developers of "Humanitourism" trips that combine humanitarian project work with guided adventure travel, announces an assistance adventure trip to Greece in October 2008 to aid in the shockingly inhumane conditions that exist for dogs in Greece.

inside/out's trip participants will assist a very small minority of animal welfare advocates in Greece who are desperately trying to grapple with the abandonment, neglect, starvation, poisoning, overpopulation, abuse and mistreatment of dogs. Greece has an alarming animal welfare crisis of epic proportions, which is largely unknown to the rest of the world.

The primary aid activities will be to provide hands-on assistance in the much needed improvement of shelter facilities in Patras, located on the gulf of the Peloponnese, and education, care and feeding programs in Ioannina, located in the mountains of the central mainland, the Zagoria region. Following the humanitarian work in Ioannina, travelers embark on an eco-adventure tour of the lesser-known but extraordinarily beautiful mountainous region, including trekking, rafting, sea kayaking, culture and history.

Humanitourism is a unique concept developed by inside/out to promote longer-term relationships between communities and travelers. Participants on inside/out's trips dispatch to destinations around the world to work on humanitarian projects that have been largely overlooked or underserved. Following this rewarding volunteer work, the travelers are treated to a guided multi-sport adventure local to the area served. The goal is to create a more intimate experience with the local culture and land so that travelers return home with more than just photos and memories, rather with a real connection to the people and places they have visited.

The travel experience includes stays with local hosts or in small culturally significant accommodations and enables travelers to experience local food and culture through both the project and the adventure. Small group sizes, from 6-12 people, are designed to provide opportunities for each traveler to personally interact with the local population, hosts and each other.

"Our goal is to make an impact on the well being of people and places in a way that empowers and improves the lives of those receiving assistance as well as those providing it," offers Katsulos. "The trip to Greece also makes a difference in the lives of animals and adds another dimension of education and activism to our services."

For those who may not be able to participate in a trip but still want to help, there are many opportunities, including donating funds or services to the organization, donating funds or supplies for the project, or writing letters of protest to the Greek government. For a more complete list of how to help, visit the website, http://www.theinsideandout.com.

The trip is recognized and supported in its mission by Camp Bow Wow, the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation (http://www.bowwowbuddies.com/) and the Achaic Animal Welfare Society.

About inside/out:
inside/out provides "humanitourism" trips that enable travelers to explore a culture more intimately, creating a lasting connection while making a difference in the world. "Humanitourism" combines humanitarian project work with fully guided adventure travel in a variety of international locations. inside/out is the only known organization in the world of its kind. For more information, contact Zoe Katsulos, 303-517-3400, or zoe @ theinsideandout.com.

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