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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!
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.
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.
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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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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There are plenty of places along the Florida coast to see dolphins, swim with dolphins, or even kiss a few dolphins, but there is also one that is simply dedicated to learning about dolphins.
The Dolphin Research Center, located on Grassy Key, is a nonprofit education and research facility that hosts public programs and non-invasive research projects. The colony of bottlenose dolphins and sea lions that call the DRC home live in a natural environment and help researchers learn how they think and how they behave.
A few times a year Travel4Souls brings shoes to developing countries, including Haiti, and they are always looking for volunteers to come along.
The group works with their parent organization, Soles4Souls, Inc., and a global network of partners to raise money and collect much needed footwear and clothing that they distribute during brief trips abroad.
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If you're going to Mardi Gras in New Orleans next month, why not balance out all of that debauchery with some more meaningful volunteer work?
Hands Up Holidays is offering an 8-day volunteer trip to New Orleans that includes refurbishing homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina, sorting out clothing donations at a homeless shelter, or teaching computer skills to the unemployed.
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Why choose between a volunteer trip and an outdoor adventure? Fronteering is offering more travel experiences that combine doing good with the adventure of a lifetime for 2014.
Fronteering adventures range from one week trips in the Amazon to an entire gap year caring for grizzly bears in western Canada.
Hug It Forward is building much-needed schools in Central America, one bottle at a time.
The non-profit uses everyday plastic bottles filled with non-perishable waste, along with some chicken-wire and cement, to build schools in Guatemala and El Salvador.
Groupon is offering another all-inclusive volunteer vacation after the success of the first trip, this time to Zambia. Volunteers will spend nine days working alongside children in Zambia through Spark Ventures. Participants will help serve meals and read with students at the Hope Community School, where many of the kids have lost their parents to AIDS.
The trip will also include a Botswana Safari and an excursion to Victoria Falls. All hotel accommodations, meals, and park entrance fees are included.
The Do Good Bus likes to keep its Los Angeles' volunteers on their toes.
Like many organizations, DGB gives everyday people the opportunity to spend a few hours helping out a good cause, with a twist. Each volunteer trip is different and the locations are kept secret. It's also not unusual for riders to be treated to live music, samplings of a local brew, or other entertainment along the way to keep things interesting.