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Volunteer Tourism

6 Volunteer Vacations to Experience

U.S. News Travel | Posted 04.13.2014 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Yes, staying in a luxury hotel and parking your bum on the beach makes for an enjoyable getaway, but what if you're looking for a trip that's more meaningful?

How I Met The Son I Never Knew I Had

Ken Budd | Posted 02.17.2013 | Fifty
Ken Budd

I'm here because I'm trying to live a life that matters. Because my father, the best man I've ever known, died suddenly, a heart attack stealing his life. I'm here because it seems I'll never be a father myself. And so I find myself asking questions.

Why You Should Say No to Orphanage Tourism (And Tell All Tour Companies to Do the Same)

Daniela Papi | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Daniela Papi

When travelers to Cambodia ask me "Well, which orphanage is good that I could visit today?" my answer is "Any orphanage that will let you walk in off the street and subjects children to a revolving door of visiting volunteers is not one you want to support."

A First-Hand Account Of Volunteer Travel

Elizabeth_Gordon | Posted 11.18.2012 | Travel

With 50 years of combined tourism experience between myself and my partner and mother Marcia Gordon, we have seen many examples of ways that travelers to Africa can engage with the communities where they are traveling. Some were amazing and inspirational, some that left something to be desired in management or organization and some that were downright corrupt or damaging to the community. Here's a first-hand example.