Browsing articles tagged with " voluntourism"

Foto’s Blog: The Power of One

Oct 17, 2012   //   Cambodia, Costa Rica, Haiti, Jordan, Panama, Uganda  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: The Power of One

Dog Meets World is about human dignity and the power of one. The intention is that the photograph fulfills a basic human need for acknowledgment and recognition. Kids of the world light up our future.

Volunteer phoDOGraphers used Foto to fetch photos in (left to right) Costa Rica, Haiti, Jordan, Cambodia, Panama and Uganda. Thanks to all our phoDOGraphers!

Foto’s Blog: Adventure Travel company shares DMW Story!

May 21, 2012   //   Foto's Blog, General, Peru  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: Adventure Travel company shares DMW Story!

I’m the founder of DMW and I’ve traveled frequently with G-Adventures. I had the opportunity to meet CEO Bruce Poon Tip and he asked me share the story of how my travels in the developing world help spark my desire to affirm children through photography and establish photo diplomacy. Thanks G-Adventures for promoting Dog Meets World with this postcard!

Foto’s Blog: More Partners Photo Fun in Nicaragua

Feb 1, 2012   //   Nicaragua  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: More Partners Photo Fun in Nicaragua


NEW Phodographer Amy Wiza in Managua and Tipitapa Nicaragua, 2012

Amy writes “While traveling throughout Nicaragua, and making stops at Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas projects, it was great fun to spend time with the children and leave them with a photo of themselves. All the participants loved practicing photo diplomacy through Dog Meets World! Perhaps the most fun was watching the kids, their expressions, excitement and anticipation as the photo was printed right before their eyes. I’m fairly certain they had never seen anything like it, and were thrilled to walk away with a photo in hand. Also, we stopped at a center for individual special needs and made photos which they placed on their desks. We took and printed over 100 photos during our short time there.

Foto’s Blog: Personal in Panama

Jun 30, 2011   //   Panama  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: Personal in Panama



Phodographer Jim Bayer, along the Charges River, Panama 2010

As a pilot Jim has traveled much. He writes “My first experience as a Dog Meets World participant in Panama was beyond my expectation. Thinking you are just going to take some photographs of kids with a little stuffed dog, you suddenly find yourself in the midst of a close personal relationship that starts with with a normal measure of distance and hesitancy and ends with being surrounded by excited, happy faces as their own images emerge from the printer.

Do you want to improve someones self image? Give them their own (possibly first ever) copy of it. What a thrill watching the faces of children light up with pride and amazement as they received their own photograph. It was truly a fulfilling experience working with the tribal families in central Panama and giving them this gift. So, if you want to enhance your own self image, I suggest Dog Meets World for anyone during their next travel opportunity.

Foto’s Blog: Sharing is the Universal Language…scenes from Guatemala

Jun 15, 2011   //   Foto's Blog, Guatemala  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: Sharing is the Universal Language…scenes from Guatemala




NEW Phodographer Hester Bury in Antigua, Guatemala May 2011

I’m Hester Bury and I arrived in Antigua from Chicago early on a Sunday morning in May. I spent the morning walking around the town, getting my bearings and enjoying the beautiful old buildings and cobbled streets. I sat down on a bench in the Parc Central and within minutes was approached by a young girl selling woven bracelets and bags. I bought a couple and then asked her how long she was going to be in the park and if she would like her photo taken. It was mostly sign language as I don’t speak Spanish. I went to fetch Foto and my printer. I returned started to take photos, mostly of the people selling their wares. Before long a crowd gathered and I took and printed photos for more than an hour. The recipients certainly appreciated the gift and one provided small plastic bags so they could be taken home clean and safely. Several tended not to smile at the camera, so different from the US.

For me it was a great experience to be able to recognize individuals through Dog Meet World. Because of my lack of Spanish I was not really able to explain the significance of Foto, but I hope they understood that holding the dog connected them to others all over the world. The printer worked well and provided great quality photos. Thank you for the experience – I hope to inspire others to participate!

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Praise for DMW

"Participating in Dog Meets World was a truly magical experience, bringing joy and wonderment to all I met."

John Carr, Phodographer across South America

"Dog Meets World unleashes the power of photography as a diplomatic and personal tool in building connections among the people of the world. It embeds a memory in photographer and subject alike."

Prof. Patrick Fleming, Fulbright scholar & Phodographer Cambodia & Kyrgzystan

"You will never know just how important that photo will be long after it is taken and given."

Delores Barr Weaver, co-owner Jacksonville Jaguars

"Dog Meets World went over fabulously in my village. It is a perfect option for Peace Corps volunteers like myself. I like the Foto dog mascot, kids like it, and it is a representation of the peace and the ideas of the project."

Kristen Woodruff, Phodographer Costa Rica

"The kids are absolutely loving Dog Meets World. For a majority, these were the first images of themselves that they have ever owned."

Marti Johnson, Phodographer Uganda