Voluntourism Travel Tips,
Travel Tip: Alternative Spring (and Summer) Breaks
Volunteering is always a worthwhile way to spend a vacation, but when it comes to students, it often comes down to budget and time.
Every year, I have to give a shout out to the American Hiking Society, which hosts working spring breaks in national and state parks around the country. The great thing is that it' s totally affordable' about $225 for a hiking membership, food and accommodations or camping for the week.
Globe Aware connects volunteers with programs everywhere from Brazil to Romania. What I like about these guys is that it includes cultural experiences, and there are one-week options' many of the other volunteer vacation providers have two-week minimums.
The Dallas-based Institute for Field Research Expeditions has programs all over the globe. You pay by the week, which includes meals and accommodation, and' perhaps most important' an on-the-ground contact and emergency support.
And there' s Global Volunteers, which not only has international programs, but also has volunteer opportunities right here in the U.S. on Native American reservations. And all because it' s a non-profit, your service fees, airfare and other travel expenses are tax deductible.