As you plan — or even go — on your summer vacation, think about this: More and more Americans are no longer taking a few weeks off to suntan and sightsee abroad. Instead they're working in orphanages, building schools and teaching English. It's called volunteer tourism, or "voluntourism," and it's one of the fastest growing trends in travel today. Carefree Vacations works with several companies that are involved in helping you help others.

Voluntourism is ultimately about the fulfillment of the volunteers themselves, not necessarily what they bring to the communities they visit.

A common motivation is to “make a difference” and to "achieve something positive for others" who are less fortunate than the volunteer.

People generally volunteer in order to increase their international awareness, to contextualize poverty and its effects, as an education opportunity, and to help people while having a morally rewarding experience. Many believe that the trip will change the way they think when they return home, others are just looking to give to back to others less fortunate.

Fathom Cruises

Cruise to the Dominican Republic from $974 per person.

Dominican Republic

Your ship sails from Miami on Sunday afternoon and will serve as a comfortable home base throughout your journey. You’ll spend Monday at sea before arriving in the Dominican Republic around midday on Tuesday. For the next three days, you’ll work alongside local people on projects that serve local community needs. On Friday afternoon, you’ll begin your return voyage to Miami.

Micato Safaris

In addition to providing our guests with an incomparable luxury safari experience, Micato is steadfastly committed to making a difference in the places we travel. Of course, there is the work we do through our non-profit AmericaShare; but we also we work with several reputable organizations in their efforts to protect animals, their habitat and Africa's cultural heritage.

In fact, we visit many of these organizations during our safaris—to educate our guests about the wildlife they see in Africa and, in many cases, to provide our guests with an "up close and personal" view of some of Africa's more charismatic (and cute) creatures!

Micato Safaris will match every safari it sells with payment of all school fees for a child in need...a child who would otherwise stay home due to extreme poverty.

One safari, one child. That's our One for One Commitment.

Global Volunteers

The “essential services” volunteers provide are drawn from United Nations’ directives for appropriate, tangible and measurable assistance. The keys to our enduring success worldwide are partnership, development and you. While you’re making a difference in places like St. Lucia, Peru, Tanzania, Italy, Romania, India or in the Appalachian “hollers” of West Virginia, you’ll work with people of a different culture - who share your dreams, life’s goals and daily routines. What’s more, you’ll know you’ve contributed to long-lasting, positive change - impacting children’s and families’ lives forever.

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