#Connecting to Community #Eco-Friendly Travel #Green Travel #Voluntourism
If you’re passionate about both traveling and making a difference, then you should consider voluntourism for your next adventure. Voluntourism is a way to travel while contributing to projects that support local communities and ecosystems. If you’re a current student, some programs can even be counted for internship or study abroad credit.
Whether you’re passionate about reforestation, sustainable agriculture, or another cause, there are a variety of voluntourism opportunities available to suit your interests. Here are three (3) examples of voluntourism organizations; additional examples can be found at the “Action” link below:
While the intention of voluntourism projects and their participants is to do good, harmful and unethical programs do operate under the guise of voluntourism. Irresponsible practices, such as setting up projects just to accommodate paying volunteers, don’t only waste everyone’s time, but can also cause lasting damage to the surrounding community and environment. It’s important to research the ethical practices of any program you’re interested in. If an organization doesn’t make their practices clear, don’t be afraid to ask!