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Alicia Lawrence was born and raised in Alaska, and has traveled around the world seeking adventure. She’s ridden in a dog sled, climbed over the Roman ruins, got lost in Venice, sang on the Swiss Alps, built a house in Mexico, walked over volcanos in Hawaii, and visited more museums then she can count.
Alicia graduated summa cum laude from Liberty University in 2012 with three degrees in public relations, broadcasting, and journalism. She’s volunteered for numerous non-profits, including Indigenous People’s Technology and Education Center and Special Olympics Virginia. Her senior year she founded Forty-Eight, a charity film competition that brought together film students to help make promotional videos for local charities.
Alicia is a health enthusiast and writes for numerous blogs in the beauty and health genre. She also won Miss Alaska Sweetheart Sr. in high school and enjoys helping others not only look beautiful on the outside but also find their inner beauty.
After college, Alicia married her best friend and she currently works at a tech company as a content coordinator.

Charity Meets Travel: CheapHotels.org Benefits OrphanAid Africa


CheapHotels.org benefits others by participating in what’s now often termed “voluntourism,” such a journey takes a lot of commitment. Fortunately, it’s easy to give back to the world during your travels just by staying in a hotel that donates part of its profits to charitable causes.

Children in Ghana that are being helped by OrphanAid Africa. Image Credit: OrphanAid Africa Facebook

Children in Ghana that are being helped by OrphanAid Africa. (Photo Credit: OrphanAid Africa Facebook)

Discount hotel booking engines are extremely common, but it’s not often you’ll find one that allows you to get great deals on hotels while also backing a great cause. Luckily, a website called CheapHotels.org does exactly that. As long as you book a room directly through the company’s homepage, one percent of the total fee for your room will go towards an organization called OrphanAid Africa, a non-profit in San Francisco that assists disadvantaged kids in Ghana.

OrphanAid Africa was founded by the local NGO in Ghana in 2002 and since then has been rescuing vulnerable children who have been separated from their parents. This non-profit provides family support, education and development for these children in need.

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