An increasing number of travelers are foregoing the usual beach vacation for something more meaningful. Dubbed “voluntourism,” the concept combines travel with helping others around the globe. A typical trip might involve building homes or schools or caring for wildlife in a nature preserve.
Most voluntourism trips also include free days to explore the area and sightsee. To make finding a trip that’s right for your skills and interests easier, a number of operators have sprung up that organize such trips.
- STA Travel – This student travel wholesaler offers a wide array of opportunities, including many voluntourism trips.
- International Volunteer Headquarters – This organization matches individuals with humanitarian projects around the globe for trips beginning at two weeks in length.
- Earth Watch – Earth Watch travelers supplement field research teams around the world.
So, if the usual, predictable vacation has lost its appeal consider voluntourism.