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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Go Away, Give Back

Never heard of voluntourism? You will. Driven by the desire to fully experience a destination and to give back to it, more tourists are looking for opportunities to provide a volunteer service while on holiday.

Just this month, recommended volunteer vacations as a budget-conscious way for families to travel. At the other end of the spectrum, luxury hotelier Ritz-Carlton recently launched its worldwide Give Back Getaways program, offering guests the chance to volunteer their time to local groups dedicated to child welfare, feeding the hungry and preserving the environment. Next year, Philadelphia will officially incorporate voluntourism into its tourism brand, highlighting the metropolis as a "volunteer" destination.

As David Clemmons, founder of VolunTourism .org, frames it: "This is more than just putting heads in beds." read more...

1 comment:

  1. Such a great site. I love traveling, and the voluntourism ideea is new. I have to admit that i have never heard of it before, and i like it. It seems interesting to volunteer and to travel at the same time, doing good to other people, that are in need of help. Congratulations for this article, and for your blog. Keep the good article coming.