Love to travel and love to help people too? Try “voluntourism!”
- Here’s the official definition: “The conscious, seamlessly integrated combination of voluntary service to a destination and the best, traditional elements of travel – arts, culture, geography, history and recreation – in that destination.”
- It’s estimated that 55% of American travelers took part in volunteer work during a vacation in the past two years. Hotels are finding ways to take advantage of the growing trend.
- Voluntourism can mean spending time in an orphanage, tutoring and mentoring, or helping rebuild an area after a natural disaster – there’s no end to the ways you can contribute.
- Travelocity has even started its own microsite, “Travel for Good,” where you can enter to win a free voluntourism trip of your choosing.
- Voluntourism is not without criticism, however. Some claim it does more good for the volunteer, than the people they think they’re helping.