Tips for what to expect on a volunteer vacation
From the Travel Agent’s Association at TravelSense.org
- Program fees do not cover all costs. Typically the traveler pays airfare, visas or medical and trip cancellation insurance. For those crucial components, many wise travelers turn to a travel agent. Travel agents also offer good advice when you’re considering various options during your free time.
- Be realistic – you are not going to single-handedly save a village or build a new school, but you will help.
- Trips usually last one to three weeks, depending on the location.
- People of all ages are volunteering on vacation. Expect to meet a wide range of people including families, grandparents and grandchildren, while experiencing this life-changing vacation.
- Use a travel agent. Working with a professional travel agent will open a world of volunteer possibilities. They have experience with volunteer vacation planning and will help their clients find a volunteer experience that matches their goals and budget.
At the core of voluntourism is the desire to help others. When it comes to travel, no group of individuals understand that core principle better that travel agents, for helping others travel better, safer and smarter is what they do best. Travel agents can help set up a “voluntour” program, save money on airfare tickets and plan exciting adventures for the down time. My favourite charity, Kiva, also has a volunteer program
- Workaway has a huge data base of cultural exchange opportunities.