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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.
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Most of us don't tend to think about the impact something as simple as a cell phone can have on women around the world. Luckily, the innovators at the heART of a woman project did recognize the potential in the cameras we carry in our pockets and launched an initiative to use them to help women in South Africa.
Their program is designed to "provide education in mobile photography to women (15+) in developing communities, to empower and to create small business and sustainable income through the sales of their photographic art and photo art products." But, to make their vision a reality the folks at HOAWP need a few helpful volunteers. They are looking for advanced amateur or professional photographers willing to travel to Khayelitsha, South Africa this November.
ShoreTrips, which offers shore excursions and day trips for crusiers, has just introduced a variety of volunteer activities through their ShoreTrips Give program.
Volunteer opportunities last 3 or 4 hours and are available for individuals or groups on six islands -Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, Tortola and Aruba - with three more Caribbean excursions to be added soon.
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September is one of the best times of year to visit Mount St. Helens thanks to cooler temperatures and clear visibility. It's also the perfect time to help the staff complete a much needed one-mile trail to the nearby Ape Cave, the famous lava tube just south of the active volcano.
Volunteers from the Washington Trails Association and the Mount St. Helens Institute have finished all but the last few hundred feet, which they hope to finish this month with the help of some intrepid travelers.
Taj Safaris, known for their luxurious Indian jungle lodges in Bandhavgarh National Park, Pench National Park, Kanha National Park, and Panna National Park, are now giving their guests a chance to give back.
Through a new voluntourism program, Taj is working to teach children in neighboring villages the importance of conservation in the national parks. Many kids live near the parks but have never been inside because they can’t afford the cost of a safari drive. Now, Taj Safaris is takes these kids inside and teaching them how each element of the jungle contributes and affects the well-being of the eco-system. They are also hoping to improve the lives of surrounding communities by enhancing basic heath care, education, and incomes.
After 35,000 public votes, The G Project has just announced its 16 semi-finalists who will vie for one of four spots at the Summit in the Jungle and $25,000 in funding for their projects.
The G Project, hosted by G Adventures and The Planeterra Foundation, was launched earlier this year in which participants came up with innovative and purposeful ideasfalling into one of four categories (freedom, beauty, knowledge, community)to make a better world.
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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.
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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.