"voluntourism" - Why It's Gaining Popularity And How To Do It

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Thursday 7 January 2010: A growing number of Australian tourists are opting to give

a helping hand to the countries and communities they visit on their travels.

Volunteering as part of a holiday can enhance the overall experience, leaving

memories that outlast sightseeing. The latest issue of Way2go explores the growing

popularity of “voluntourism” – travel that feeds the soul. 

Teaching English, looking after orphans and the disabled, caring for native animals and building


houses, schools and bridges are some of the volunteer tourism projects

available. There are programs and opportunities in Australia and overseas.

Way2go readers can get an idea of the variety of “voluntourism” opportunities through the

experiences of other readers. Projects include:

Humanitarian work in Vietnam caring for orphans and disabled adults

Teaching English in Mexico to a Mayan community or an isolated island community in

Vietnam just opening up to tourism

Caring for animals in a Bolivian animal sanctuary

Rehabilitating injured kangaroos at an outback Queensland kangaroo hospital

Conservation in the Grampians in Victoria, caring for native wildlife.

Many Way2go readers who have experienced “voluntourism” have offered practical tips on just

what to do and what to expect when you give your time and energy.

Most volunteers for programmes need to be aged 18

Volunteers need to offer their time

usually a minimum of one month is required for

most overseas placements but there is flexibility

Be prepared to work hard with long hours

Accommodation is usually very basic

Be prepared to pitch in with everything

Keep an open mind, overseas situations and experiences can be very different

compared to Australia.

“Voluntourism” opportunities can be researched by contacting Global Volunteers at

Launched by NRMA Publishing, Way2go travel magazine is on sale nationally at newsagents.

Way2go also has an informative, colourful and interactive website at www.myWay2go.com.au

Contact: Lisa Kable 0439 133 113

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