Fit in Some Voluntourism
Voluntourism gives visitors the opportunity to leave a tangible mark on the community they visit by working on environmental, education or social projects during their stay.
“Many travellers would like to give back and deliver genuine benefits through personal assistance to those less fortunate than themselves,” says Megan Epler Wood, Director of Planeterra, which organizes voluntourism projects around the world. Planeterra was founded by Toronto-based eco- and adventure travel agency Gap Adventures.
Unfortunately, in response to voluntourism’s growing popularity, scams have sprung up, so do your research.
“There are countless online volunteer forums that are great resources for feedback and recommendations from other travellers,” says Epler Wood.