Today’s travelers often seek vacations that offer meaningful ways to give back to the communities they visit. Voluntourism, a combination of volunteering and travel, is quickly replacing luxury and indulgence as the latest must-have amenity. Disney’s “Give a Day Get a Day Pass” remains one of the most popular volunteer projects, but now there are a multitude of volunteer opportunities in exchange for travel perks. Below are a few of wandermelon’s favorites:
Guests at Recreo Resort in Costa Rica can receive two free nights if they agree to volunteer for one day in the area village in a simple cultural exchange volunteer experience. During their stay at Recreo, a 63-acre private mountain and beach estate, guests will be invited to select from an array of volunteer programs. This new offer called “Give a Day Get 2 Free Nights” is offered from now until January 31, 2010. For further information please visit here or contact a personal travel concierge at 1.877.268.2911 and use this promotional code when booking: VOL259.
The Blackstone Hotel in Chicago and The Sheraton Hotel in Arizona are both offering a free night stay if guests agree to volunteer and complete eight hours of community service. For more information visit here.
Even large travel booking websites like Travelocity are offering guides on how to volunteer in order to get free or reduced stays at hotels and resorts world wide with their site Travel For Good.
For service-savvy travelers, voluntourism offers a memorable way to visit the world, give back to communities, and feel good about the footprint they leave behind.