True voluntourism travelers not only enjoy the beauty and culture of foreign lands, they can also make a difference by contributing to the development of the local community.
What is Voluntourism?
Voluntourism is a form of tourism in which travelers participate in volunteer work, typically for a charity, or humanitarian organization.
Voluntourism is a growing trend in the travel industry.
Legitimate Voluntourism Opportunities
Here are a few sites that list legitimate and safe voluntourism trips:
- Projects Abroad
- Raleigh International
- Developing World Connections
- United Planet: focus is on children and education, health, and environmental tourism volunteers opportunities.
Spoiled Traveler Voluntourism
Spoiled Travelers, Dave & Yvette Ulloa, helped raise funds and contribute to the creation and development of the La Esperanza Orphanage in Cuenca, Ecuador. Their contributions have been made in honor of Dave Ulloa’s father, Galo Ulloa, who was passed away tragically on November 30th, 2010. Through the efforts of Dave & Yvette along with many friends and business partners La Esperanza has been able to grow and flourish. Dave created this short video to highlight some of the amazing children at the home.
To learn more about Dave & Yvette’s experience with the orphanage and to see more smiling faces keep reading:
Here at Spoiled Traveler we will continue to share the experiences that have touched hearts. Stay tuned for posts about…
- Kristin’s visits to the HIV Orphanage in Bangkok
- Jeni, Kristin, Dave & Yvette’s visits to schools in Fiji