Imagine exploring new lands to satisfy your passion for travel, while interacting with your destination through service.Voluntourism is a way to combine your vacation with service to humanity and this is one of the ways the travel industry is growing. Imagine the possiblity of exploring new lands and cultures to satisfy your passion for travel, while interacting with your destination by planting trees in a blighted area, visit patients in a children’s hospital or helping scientists with research.
Several cruise lines offer excursions that allow passengers to participate in service projects. Celebrity, Holland America and Royal Caribbean all offer voluntourism excursions in places like Alaska, Mexico, South America and Africa.
Most voluntourism shore excursions carry a fee, like other excursions.
Interested in staying closer to home? Check out the Take Pride in America program. You can find a calendar of upcoming events on the TakePride.gov website and find an event to volunteer for in your backyard or across the United States. Combine an event that fits your family’s personality with your next domestic vacation and you have just created a personalized voluntourism vacation of your own.