Travel Tip: Volunteer Travel
Looking for travel that unites your purpose and passion beyond your wildest imagination? Volunteer travel, also known as, “voluntourism” – combining travel with volunteer work – is a growing trend because it offers a great opportunity to immerse yourself in local cultures while making a difference in the community you’re visiting.
Whether you want to assist victims of natural disasters, visit an elephant camp in Africa, help guide sea turtle hatchlings to the waters, build a new school, feed a village or help an orphanage in Vietnam, sites like i-to-i and Volunteer Abroad can match your travel and volunteer interests with a variety of volunteer travel opportunities. Voluntourism can also be a wonderful experience for the entire family, giving you memories that will last a lifetime.
Take that first step to leave a positive footprint and look for ways to let your humanitarian spirit glow on your next trip.
Tonya Fitzpatrick, Esq. is a co-founder of World Footprints. A three-time TEDx presenter and international speaker, Tonya was appointed a Delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (63rd Session). An almost “recovering attorney”, Tonya has found her purpose as a cultural connector. She loves spreading positive messages about the power of travel and the strength of the common humanity we share. Tonya holds a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics and memberships in the National Speakers Association, Society of American Travel Journalists, Women in Film and Video, Society of Professional Journalists and the North American Travel Journalist Association where she serves as a Board Member. Tonya enjoys a life full of adventure, dark chocolate and champagne with her husband and business partner, Ian, and their beloved cat, Irwin.