07/05/2011 08:53 am ET Updated Sep 04, 2011

Destination USA: Voluntouring America

America is blessed with such an incredible diversity of cities that travelers sometimes fall into the trap of taking towns at face value - seeing only the museums and sites along the most well-worn tourist trails. Aside from offering a chance to give back, volunteerism presents service-minded travelers with an opportunity to really get to know a town, to move past talking about the weather and have an earnest heart to heart.

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