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You don't need to be affluent, or be able to afford months of free time, to be part of something meaningful and rewarding that helps empower local people, support communities, and enhance skills, capacity and knowledge through travel.

Is Voluntourism for You?

 

As you travel the world, encounter new cultures and gain memorable experiences, consider volunteering some of your time and talent, and adding a unique voluntouring stay to your itinerary the next time you travel!

The Power of Giving Back

 

Participating in voluntourism activities is a great way to enjoy unique travel experiences, and to enrich your trip with authentic and rewarding memories. You can make a difference in the lives of the local people!

 

Latest News and Articles on Voluntourism

Advice on Voluntouring and Making Worthwhile Contributions Abroad Andean trekking specialist Llama Expeditions in Peru offers 10 tips for travelers on making donations that are as meaningful as possible.   "We offer meaningful vacations for people who work hard and want a chance to relax," said Diane Valenti, owner/founder of Llama Expeditions. "But our vacations are also a chance for culturally curious travelers to make a meaningful connection with the people and the land of Peru." Guests are encouraged to "pay it forward" by contributing to a...
Our current issue article series this week focuses on volunteer travel. What are your experiences with voluntourism? How do you think volunteers can best contribute to destinations and communities and bring tangible benefits and opportunities? What are some of the ways that your organization uses volunteers to make a difference? Head over to TIES-EXCHANGE to share your comments and ideas related to this topic! (Member log-in required)     A month after the International Volunteer Day on 5 December 2012, we take a closer look at voluntourism, and more...
"The International Voluntourism Guidelines for Commercial Tour Operators" Launched at the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), Monterey, California, USA. September 17th, MONTEREY, CA, USA – The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) announced today the launch of the new e-publication "The International Voluntourism Guidelines for Commercial Tour Operators", which has been developed through a collaborative research project supported by the Planeterra Foundation. The e-publication was launched at TIES’ annual international conference, the...
Volunteer Round the World with GVI for One Year GVI has launched an international search to send one person around the world for one year, with flights, volunteering on a range of long-term, sustainable GVI programs and expeditions in one of the most incredible positions in volunteer travel!   Too good to be true, right? Wrong! All you need to do to get this position is complete 5 separate tasks as you aim to beat out everyone else vying for this awesome position with GVI. You will be communicating with the worldwide GVI community every step of the way through blog updates,...
 Global Vision International (GVI) offers responsible volunteer travel opportunities assisting local conservation and community development initiatives, and training and career development opportunities through internships abroad programs. Best Volunteering Organisation, Responsible Tourism Award 2011 This year's Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, announced on World Responsible Tourism Day (November 9, 2011) in London, UK, recognized Global Vision International (GVI) as the world's "Best Volunteering Organisation" for 2011. The Responsible Tourism...
By Lisa Andersen and Robert Wake-Walker   Voluntario Global is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development of local grassroots community projects in Latin America. It has 17 projects currently running in Buenos Aires as well as Jujuy, Bariloche, Misiones, and Villagrande in Bolivia. This article covers ideas, challenges and opportunities related to Voluntario Global's work, based on conversations with three partners and supporters of this important cause - Sylvia, representing a local school that works with Voluntario Global's educational programs, Valeria...
About the Project TIES and Planeterra Foundation are collaborating to develop a set of criteria that will help international voluntourism providers plan and manage their programs in a responsible and sustainable manner. In May-June 2011, TIES, with the support of voluntourism project partner Planeterra, and in collaboration with an International Advisory Committee representing a wide range of industry fields and regions, conducted an industry survey with the aim of gathering data on current issues, challenges, and opportunities in the field of voluntourism.   >> Learn more...
Planeterra Continues to Define Its Role as a Nonprofit Organization By Putting People and Places at Center of Its New Strategic Agenda   Planeterra, an international non-profit organization based in Toronto, Canada is accelerating its capacity to support a growing number of sustainable development projects worldwide, in places where G Adventures and its travel industry partners operate adventure and cultural tours.   Founded in 2003 by G Adventures' owner and founder, Bruce Poon Tip, Planeterra intends to break new ground by backing long-term solutions in key travel...
By Jo Lancaster, Edge of Africa   If you are considering joining a volunteer program in South Africa, then you are likely the kind of person who wants to make a positive contribution, be it to conservation or to a community in need. However, before deciding which project you want to join, there are a few things that you may want to consider. Does the project have a genuine need for volunteers? The whole idea of volunteering is for you to make a real and significant contribution to a cause through your specialist skills, or simply through your hard work and enthusiasm! Be...
Delegates will Leave Positive Footprint by Rolling Up Sleeves to Work on a Community Garden and Outdoor Ecological Restoration Activities   Portland, OR, June 15, 2010 - For the first time in the event's history, delegates of the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) held Sept. 8-10 in Portland, Oregon, USA will have the opportunity to participate in actual volunteer activities during field sessions.   The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and the destination hosts Travel Oregon and Travel Portland are working with the ESTC Voluntourism Partner...

 

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