Voluntourism/Volunteer Vacations


Voluntourism/Volunteer Vacations

Add extra meaning to your holiday by helping the communities you visit. There are plenty of volunteer travel outfits out there that can set it up. It'll be an experience you'll never forget.

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How the pandemic has changed voluntourism

Started by José Balido Jul 17, 2021.

5 interesting facts about voluntourism

Started by David Paul Appell Feb 15, 2019.

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Comment by Paul Varmuza on February 12, 2018 at 3:14pm

Here's another one, David:


There’s a growing body of scholarship demonstrating that the potential inadvertent harms of short-term international volunteering often outweigh the positives. Voluntourism can reinforce paternalism, expecting hosting communities to be passive and grateful “recipients.” Volunteers’ efforts often shirk pressing issues like infrastructure and resource shortages, or unknowingly duplicate existing resources. Sociologist Judith Lasker finds most global health volunteering benefits the sending organizations and the volunteers more than the host communities. Anthropologist Nicole Berry’s work reveals that volunteer medical missioners often prioritize their own interests rather than local needs.

Comment by David Paul Appell on December 4, 2017 at 1:49pm

Here's an essay which makes good points about both problems with voluntourism and the backlash against it - worth a read!!


Comment by TOUR in PERU - Tour Operator on March 10, 2014 at 11:43am

our travel agent in Cusco Peru

If you are looking for an unforgettable vacation, and would like to see Machu Picchu, Cuzco, or another part of Peru, we offer a wide variety of tours and packages all over the country! Peru has a diversity of destinations with different things to see and do. Peru is and has long been very culturally diverse, resulting in a rich history and an exquisite cuisine.  The country also has many different geographical regions and diverse climates.  Go ahead and look through our tours and packages to see what there is for you! Remember that you can personalize any of our best tours of Machu Picchu or travel packages, just contact us and our travel experts will help you plan the trip of a lifetime!.

We specialize in tours to the city of CuscoMachu Picchu Tours and Inca Trail

Comment by Ariane Janer on December 11, 2013 at 12:00pm

Comment by Volunteer Voyages LLC on October 10, 2012 at 4:34pm

Hi All;

Volunteer Voyages LLC is designed to welcome "first-time" volunteers to our wonderful world.  We design worthwhile projects after discussions with the recipients of our proposed efforts, and then we recruit volunteers.  Our volunteers usually are wondering if this volunteer stuff is right for them, and we enjoy helping them learn just how rewarding participation can be.  We usually don't rough it - we travel in good vehicles with safe drivers, we stay in hotels, we are very careful what we eat and drink, etc., etc.  Most of the time we stay very comfortable. 

Our first week (of two) in the country is spent working on the project.  The second week is spent touring the fabulous sights of the country and spending some quality "tourist time". 

Our next project will be in Thailand in December - building water filters for needy families.  That one will be followed in January by a trip to India to teach school children about the risks of tobacco use.  February will find us in Peru and then Guatemala at the end of that month, etc.  We have a very exciting and interesting schedule coming up.

Please think about joining us - or at least sharing this with others who might be interested.  Thanks!

Comment by Muskoka Foundation on February 9, 2012 at 5:04am

Hello all, I hope to meet some like-minded people in this forum who want to do good as we travel! I'd like to take this chance to introduce ourselves briefly. We came into existence when our founders failed to find volunteer opportunities along their travel itineraries that wouldn't cost them extra for admin fees etc. So they decided to create network of volunteers (voluntourists) who want to do good as they're traveling, train and equip them, at no costs to them. So if you ever want to do some good in your next trip, send us an email!

Hope there will be more discussions to come!


The Muskoka Foundation


Comment by Tripatini on November 8, 2011 at 8:20am
Another good recent post on our blog: saving $$ when volunteering abroad.
Comment by Tripatini on September 28, 2011 at 4:54pm
A nice post on our blog just recently on voluntourism and the joy of travel.
Comment by Jacquie Whitt on September 5, 2011 at 10:00am

Adios Adventure Travel is collecting gently-used backpacks for the next "Peru Backpack Project" in March 2012.  Here's the contact info or contact me directly. 

We're also looking for partner schools who want to do a joint travel adventure to Peru next March, 2012. 

Comment by Andrea Spirov on April 10, 2011 at 12:56pm

Just posted on a new voluntourism opportunity to play sports with kids in Rwanda and Malawi, a program founded by Olympian Tracy Evans





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