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What is VolunTourism?

VolunTourism is the latest trend for travel. It's a combination of volunteering and travel and focuses on utilizing the best aspects of each ingredient. This means experiencing the attractions, heritage sites, and the natural environment while contributing to the destination by enhancing the destination through its people, places, and things.

You can literally stay in a 5-star resort or a rural local home-stay and do the same volunteering activities during the day.

Your volunteer commitments can vary from 1-day to 3-weeks. Again, this can be completely customized to your needs and preferences. You can easily enrich a primarily luxury holiday by adding volunteering to it. How long you stay in the location itself and how much actual volunteering you do is completely up to you.

Really there are many opportunities for you to volunteer in your local community; a little research can go a long way. There are many people and places in need of support within North America. Natural disasters like hurricanes, tornados and forest fires can leave many homeless and in need. In situations like this, the American Red Cross can usually point you in the right direction.

If you want to go further you can be a VolunTourist in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Peru, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Cuba, Jamaica and many other destinations.

Costs are variable as they depend on how long you plan to travel for and the extent of your volunteering.