Friday, April 15, 2011

Have You Voluntoured Lately?

Volunteer vacations grow in popularity, according to a 2008 Conde Nast/MSNBC poll. This travel style created a new word: voluntourism

Two non-profit foundations, The International EcoTourism Society and Planeterra, recently joined forces to perfect eco travel blended with conservation and sustainability.

“Travelers are searching for new authentic experiences worldwide, like voluntours, that put them face to face with some of our most important global challenges,” says Megan Epler Wood Executive Director of Planeterra. “There are now more opportunities for travelers with skills, in areas like engineering and health care, to assist local communities and help develop beneficial projects, like assisting with clinics and developing clean water systems for villages that lack adequate services ” says Epler Wood.

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