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'Pack for a Purpose' on Your Next Vacation to the British Virgin Islands

May 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

The next time you travel to the British Virgin Islands leave some extra room in your luggage for a good cause.

The BVI Tourist Board is now supporting Pack for a Purpose, a non-profit that encourages travelers to bring meaningful contributions to the destinations they visit. Guests staying at participating hotels can drop off the supplies they've packed with the hotel's staff and they'll deliver it to local organizations in need.

BVI resorts Scrub Island Resort and Guana Island are now both participating in the project. You can find out exactly what they need and what to bring at packforapurpose.org.

[Photo: Scrub Island]

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How You Can Volunteer to Help Tornado Victims in the Southeast

April 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

A severe storm system is to blame for more than 25 deaths in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee over the last few days. Tornadoes have caused most of the damage, destroying homes and knocking out power across the central and southeastern United States.

Several organizations are already taking action and organizing volunteers who will deploy to the affected areas where they will help clear debris and rebuild.

One of these not-for-profits, Points of Light, is coordinating with HandsOn Network affiliates in the affected areas and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster chapters across the U.S. to assess the situation and begin offering support.

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To Take Voluntourism Beyond Vacation, Try VSO

Where: Malawi
April 23, 2014 at 3:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Volunteer vacations can be fun, but aren't always as fulfilling as travelers imagine.

VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) is a UK-based independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. As such, VSO offers long-term volunteer opportunities for individuals who want to use their time and skills to really make a difference.

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Wanna Help Haul a Flock of Flamingos?

Where: Mexico
April 16, 2014 at 3:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Occidental Grand Xcaret, located next to the eco-archeological Xcaret Park in Riviera Maya, Mexico, is giving guests two unique ways to get a hands-on conservation experience.

Option 1: an opportunity to get up and close and personal with the hotel's Flamingo Flock as a trainer. Every day hotel guests can help park trainers carry the flamingos one-by-one into a public area during their "walk around times" in the morning and afternoon. Talk about getting "hands on" with the local wildlife!

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Trade Beach Clean-up for a Miami Hotel Discount

April 9, 2014 at 2:52 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami is the latest hotel to offer their guests discounts in exchange for doing good.

The "Our Beach Is Your Beach" Package includes an additional 10% off the best available rates, $50 spa daily credit, and free daily breakfast for all guests who participate in a 3-hour beach clean-up and a 2-hour environmental beach walk.

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EarthWatch Institute Celebrated April Fools' Day with a 608-Day Trip to Mars

April 2, 2014 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, the EarthWatch Institute celebrated April Fool's Day by offering "the first public expedition to Mars in search of water and life."

In a press release EarthWatch promised an idyllic journey in which "volunteers will spend their days hiking through meteor craters and Earth-gazing, all while looking for signs of water and life."

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You Can Volunteer to Explore the Amazon With 'Fronteering'

Where: Brazil
March 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Fronteering is giving voluntourists a chance to get off the beaten path in Brazil this year.

Travelers from around the world are joining its Amazon Guide Brazil trip to help educate the public about sustaining the Amazon Jungle and to teach local guides at an eco-tourism organization how to speak English.

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Three Farm Stays Ready to Welcome You This Spring

March 19, 2014 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

It might not feel like it but tomorrow does mark the first day of spring which has farmers across the country getting ready to welcome farm-stayers.

Farm Stays give travelers the chance to help farmers with their daily chores while learning more about the culture of growing food in a rural setting.

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It's Not Too Late to Volunteer at WonderCon Anaheim

March 12, 2014 at 3:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday we told you how to get tickets to one of this year's biggest pop culture cons, WonderCon, but what if you want to be more involved?

WonderCon Anaheim 2014 is looking for volunteers who want to give back to their fellow geeks while earning free admission to the convention.

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Got the Guts (and Charity Chops) to Bike from London to Istanbul?

February 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Young Philanthropists - a organization that uses service project-based adventures to mentor young people and raise funds for impoverished communities - is planning a trip from London, England to Istanbul, Turkey that they promise will change lives.

The YP’s co-founders Matt Friedlund and Leon McCarron are teaming up to lead EuroTrip 2014, a cycling expedition from London to Istanbul this summer.

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Combine a Volunteer Vacation with a Tax Deduction

Where: Ghana
February 19, 2014 at 3:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you're like us and still putting off your taxes, here's something that might make next year's tax time a little easier. It's not too late to take an amazing trip, do some good, and get a tax deduction in the process.

Globe Aware, an organization that develops short-term, international volunteer programs, is also a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt corporation, which means all expenses related to their volunteer work are tax-deductible.

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Help Bring Solar Power to the People of Nicaragua This Year

Where: Nicaragua
February 12, 2014 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

This year you can tour Nicaragua, help those in need, and learn how to install solar panels. It's a weird combination that completely works if you're up for a little "voluntourism."

Power to the People brings solar electricity to community buildings in developing countries and creates opportunities for local residents through renewable energy. The non-profit agency depends on volunteers to help install the systems. Professional solar companies assist volunteers in every step of the installation process, from attaching the racking system to teaching the community the basics about solar energy.

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