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Travel and Serve the World

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While travel for most folks focuses on the “Who,” “What,” “Why,” “When,” and “Where” of a particular destination, there are many who are also incorporating the “How”—as in “How can I help”—into their travel plans.

It’s just this willingness to expand their horizons that has brought new light, outreach and participation in experiencing the priceless benefits of Voluntourism.

Giving Back is where travelers can connect with organizations all over the world to give back with their time, talent, and/or financial support – and truly enrich their life in the process.

Cross-Cultural Solutions
Cross-Cultural Solutions is a nonprofit working to address critical global issues by providing meaningful volunteer service to communities abroad, and contributing responsibly to local economies.

Global Volunteers
Since 1984, Global Volunteers has helped over 30,000 short-term “volunteer vacationers” work on long-term community development projects in 32 countries. This private, non-profit, non-sectarian, international NGO organization works in consultative status with the United Nations ECOSOC and UNICEF to help deliver Essential Services to partner communities on five continents. In 2014, they launched their first ever International LGBT Volunteer Vacations and People-to-People Programs, with volunteers traveling to local communities in Costa Rica, Italy, Greece, Peru and other countries.

Habitat for Humanity
As a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry that builds with people in need regardless of race or religion, we welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds. We have more than 1,500 local affiliates in the United States and more than 70 national organizations around the world. Together, we have helped to build or repair more than 800,000 houses and serve more than 4 million people worldwide.

HandsOn New Orleans
HandsOn New Orleans hosts citizens from around the world, as well as provides service opportunities for residents in the New Orleans community. Whether you are one person or a corporate team, HandsOn New Orleans provides worthwhile and effective volunteer options. We gladly engage out-of-state individuals and groups, local residents, corporate groups, and tourists, all in service to our community.

Hands Up Holidays
Hands Up Holidays is a luxury travel company with one BIG difference. We are obsessive about you having more than an amazing vacation; our passion is for you to have a remarkable luxury travel experience that you will treasure forever, by combining expertly-led sightseeing with meaningful community development through volunteering or philanthropy. Touch lives, including your own. 

International Ecotourism Society
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.

Micato Safaris
Micato has always aimed not only to be the best safari operator, but to make a difference to the people and places we visit. Our non-profit arm, AmericaShare, was founded on that premise over 20 years ago. Dedicated to helping populations in Nairobi, Kenya who have been affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, AmericaShare has made a tremendous impact by providing a bridge between children and women in need and people wishing to make a meaningful difference in Africa.

Oceana Society
Oceanic Society was founded in 1969 by a small group of people who were concerned about health of our oceans and wanted to make a difference. Our Volunteer Vacations offer hands-on opportunities for you to participate in conservation-focused research efforts that study a range of threatened species and habitats.

Sierra Club
Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Planet. Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters.

Turtle Village Trust
Trinidad & Tobago supports one of the largest populations of nesting leatherback sea turtles. In many of the local communities there are more turtles nesting on the beaches than there are human inhabitants. The Trust works to deliver sustainable development of local communities along with the conservation of natural resources within the communities.

United Planet
United Planet volunteers travel to over 35 countries worldwide to work in three main areas – Children and Education, Global Health, and Environmental Sustainability. We’re here to help you to personalize your Quest based on where and how long you want to volunteer abroad, what type of work you want to do, and when you want travel!

Voluntourism Institute
The VolunTourism Institute Blog builds on the work of David Clemmons, founder of, and his colleagues from around the world who have been studying volunteer tourism and voluntourism for more than a decade. … focus on current research, discoveries, and breakthroughs in volunteer tourism and voluntourism across the globe.

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