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The National Peace Corps Association is now offering all-inclusive, 10 and 14-day travel programs to the Dominican Republic and Guatemala for those who want to help out, but can't take a year off to do so.
MPCA's Next Step Travel program features small group travel, hands-on service projects, and educational programs. Projects include connecting with returned Peace Corps volunteers to learn about their work firsthand, spending time volunteering in a Haitian batey (a sugar worker town) to improve the health of the community, and implementing ecologically sustainable projects in rural areas.
No matter where you're traveling in the U.S. this summer there is likely a one day volunteer opportunity right around the corner.
Instead of committing a full week or two of vacation time volunteering, more and more people are finding ways to incorporate a few hours of voluntourism into their summer vacation plans.
If this is an idea that appeals to you, Volunteer.gov is the best place to start planning. "America's Natural and Cultural Resources Volunteer Portal" has a searchable database where you can find volunteer opportunities based on locations, interests, etc, and many of the projects only take a few hours.
Volunteer Travel / St Croix Travel / Eco Travel / USVI Travel / Island Travel / Voluntourism / → All Tags
If you really want to get back to basics, spend a few days at the Ridge to Reef Farm in St. Croix for the reason that one of the farm's ultimate goals is to grow and distribute enough food to feed 1% of the local population. If that can be accomplished, then they'll be that much closer to making the islands less dependent on overpriced, imported produce.
It is a tall order but if anyone can make it happen, it's Ridge to Reef's owner Nate Olive. Nate is passionate about fostering an organic and sustainable life on the farm and his enthusiasm is contagious. Most visitors become intoxicated by the smells, sounds, and tastes of the farm, which feature vegetable gardens, bamboo groves, fruit trees, chickens, goats, and a donkey.
As the only certified organic farm in the USVI, Ridge to Reef is busy harvesting food three times a week for their food share program and maintaining a 200-acre campus, so they do depend on help from volunteers throughout the year.
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The Jersey Shore has long been a summer destination for families but this year it is expected to be an even bigger draw for those who want to do good with their vacation time, too.
According to Habitat for Humanity's Maureen Mulligan, "New Jersey is hot now, there's so much interest in the Sandy recovery effort."
The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco is teaming up with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy this spring for a new Give Back Getaways program that includes voluntourism excursions to Alcatraz Island and the Presidio Nursery.
The program will give hotel guests the chance to help preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, which stretch 70 miles north and south of the Golden Gate Bridge, by spending a half-day volunteering, cleaning, pruning, weeding, and planting in the parklands.
The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off in less than a month but it's still not to late to sign up as a volunteer.
The fest will take place April 17 - 28, 2013 at various venues around NYC, and they always need plenty of volunteers, or crew members as they call them, to keep things running smoothly.
Jamaica Volunteer Programs has announced a summer program that combines adventure with the chance to make a difference for local children.
Volunteers will work with orphans and create activities for them to do during the day including arts & crafts, reading, play games, and learning basic computer skills. When not helping kids, volunteers will participate in their own adventures like exploring Holywell, visiting the hills where blue mountain coffee is grown, and spending a day at Dunnís River Falls.
WWOOF, an exchange organization which offers adults food and accommodation in return for volunteer help on organic farms, is now connecting volunteers with farmers in Israel.
WWOOF Israel Hosts are Kibbutz, Moshav, farmers, and small private families who offer volunteers various opportunities to learn about Permaculture, Organic Gardening, Green Building, and other skills, like Cheese-Making and Wine-Making.
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With all the focus on the damage Hurricane Sandy caused in the U.S., it's easy to forget that the storm wreaked havoc in other countries, too.
The non-profit organization Haven U.S. is planning a trip to the island of Ile a Vache in Haiti to help restore community buildings and facilities which were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy last October, and they are looking for volunteers to come along.
Crystal Cruises is once again giving voyagers the chance to do good on the high seas through its "You Care, We Care" program. This year, guests and crew will be able take volunteer excursions around the world while sailing aboard the Crystal Serenity or Crystal Symphony.
Voluntourism opportunities, including aiding animals at the CRAM Rescue & Rehabilitation Center in Barcelona, supporting disadvantaged communities in Dubrovnik, helping underprivileged children in Singapore, keeping landscapes clean in Astoria, Oregon, and feeding the hungry in Halifax, will be available to cruisers all year.
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Time is running out for those hoping to volunteer at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. On March 1, 2013 volunteer registration for 2014 Winter Olympics will close for good.
An estimated 25,000 volunteers will be needed to work nearly 50,000 shifts in more than 20 areas, from meeting delegations at the airport to helping with the Closing Ceremony. There will also be 3,000 volunteers specifically trained to welcome visitors and help them find their way between venues. In total, volunteers will account for more than 30% of the total Sochi staff.
Heifer International, a nonprofit organization seeking to end hunger by partnering with farmers around the world, and Garnet Hill are giving one winner the chance to take the trip of a lifetime with their Pass on the Gift in Peru Sweepstakes.
The grand prize winner will take an all-inclusive trip for two to Cusco, where they'll spend 7 days taking part in Heiferís local alpaca project to end poverty, in the nearby Andean region. The trip will also include guided tours exploring the local culture and a $1,000 Garnet Hill gift card.