09/09/2012 10:09 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Hidden Gems: Turks & Caicos (VIDEO)

You might think the only thing you can get from a Caribbean vacation is a tan. But if you want a more meaningful experience, then try volunteering to a charitable cause while you travel.

It's called voluntourism, and in the Turks & Caicos islands there are plenty of opportunities for smart travelers to give back to the community.

In the last Hidden Gems: Turks & Caicos segment, Peter shows you how to participate in enriching and memorable programs that benefit the lives of the islands' residents.

One way to give back is by spending a day at a badly damaged school in South Caicos. In 2008, Hurricane Ike damaged some of the islands' schools. You can help the rebuilding effort while also learning about the lives of elementary and high schools students who take part in the program. Or, if you're an animal lover, you can borrow a local island dogs for a day. In Turks & Caicos, stray dogs are known as potcakes and an organization called Potcake Place will lend you a dog for a day or a lifetime.

Watch as Peter shows you how to give back and get even more back in the process.

To see the entire Turks & Caicos Hidden Gem adventure, watch Hidden Gems: Turks & Caicos, The Complete Island Adventure.

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