Holidaymakers are increasingly looking for vacations that go beyond traditional travel itineraries. These days, many of us don’t just want to check out iconic attractions, go on tours and savour authentic local cuisine. We are looking for sustainable getaways that allow us to understand the communities and places we visit. Many of us wish to make invaluable contributions that have long-term benefits for the local community. This trend, known as philanthropy tourism – or, more popularly as “voluntourism” – is quickly becoming a must-have travel experience, but what is it really all about?
What is voluntourism?
Voluntourism is often defined as a holiday in which travellers also participate in voluntary work, typically for a charitable organisation. These efforts can be done in fields such as agriculture, healthcare, education, wildlife conservation and much more.
How to book a voluntourism-based holiday
Many travel agents and organisations now offer voluntourism itineraries that can be personalised to your wants. Wondering where to start? We shortlist five voluntourism destinations and opportunities in and around the region.
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