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Encyclopedia > Volunteer vacation

Volunteer vacations are an opportunity for people to make a positive difference in the lives of others or to help improve or contribute to society, culture, or the environment while on vacation. It is also a chance for people of nearly any age to immerse themselves in foreign or challenging circumstances, experience a different culture first-hand, and learn more about the world they live in. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Shortcut: WP:WIN Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia and, as a means to that end, also an online community. ... Shortcut: WP:CSD Current list: Category:Candidates for speedy deletion There are a few, limited, cases where admins can delete Wikipedia pages on sight. Non-admins can ask for an admin to delete such a page, either by listing it on speedy deletions, or by adding either a {{delete}} or... For other uses, see Vacation (disambiguation). ...


According to the Travel Industry Association of America, more than 55 million Americans have participated in a volunteer vacation, and about 100 million more are considering taking one. Volunteer vacations attract people from all walks of life and all age groups—students on break or who take a year off between high school and college, singles, couples, families with young children, and older adults. Despite obvious differences among these people, they typically share a desire to “do something good” while also experiencing new places and challenges in locales they might not otherwise visit.

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People choose to take a volunteer vacation for a variety of reasons, and often more than one applies. First and foremost is a desire to help —be it children, the elderly, the handicapped, animals, or the natural environment. Some people have a specific cause in mind; say, protecting endangered gorillas or preserving the coral reefs off the coast of Australia, and they target organizations that offer such opportunities. Other people have a more general idea of what they want to do; for example, help alleviate hunger or teach children to read. Along with an altruistic reason for volunteering there are often others, such as a desire to see exotic or unusual places, an opportunity to experience new challenges, a chance to practice a foreign language, having an experience that will enhance their resume and/or job opportunities, and the fact that such trips usually provide a substantial tax deduction. Species Gorilla gorilla Gorilla beringei The gorilla, the largest of the primates, is a ground-dwelling herbivore that inhabits the forests of central Africa. ... Part of a coral reef. ...


Opportunities are available in every corner of the world, from the United States to Australia, China, Iceland, and the Amazon. People who have special skills—teachers, nurses, veterinarians, biologists, accountants, lawyers, photographers, farmers-may be able to volunteer on a project that will use those skills. Since so many volunteer vacations are in remote, foreign locations, knowledge of another language in addition to English can be helpful and in some cases, strongly recommended. Most volunteer opportunities, however, only ask that people have a desire to help and a willingness to learn and follow directions. Amazon River basin The Amazon Basin is the part of South America drained by the Amazon River and its tributaries. ... Teachers may refer to: Teachers (UK TV series), a British comedy drama Teachers (US TV series), an American version of the British comedy drama of the same name Teachers (film), a 1984 drama film, starring Nick Nolte and JoBeth Williams See also: Teacher. ... Nurses is a television sitcom that ran on NBC from 1991 to 1994. ... In American and Canadian English, a veterinarian (from Latin veterinae, draught animals) is an animal doctor, a practitioner of veterinary medicine. ... A biologist is a scientist devoted to and producing results in biology through the study of organisms. ... Accountancy (British English) or accounting (American English) is the process of maintaining, auditing, and processing financial information for business purposes. ... For information on the type of fish called Lawyer, see the article on Burbot. ... This is a list of notable photographers in the art, documentary and fashion traditions. ... Farmer spreading grasshopper bait in his alfalfa field. ...


Most vacations last from one to four weeks; some can extend on for months. The amount of time volunteers have to spend sightseeing or doing other activities away from their volunteer tasks varies with each assignment, as do the types of activities that are available.


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Tapanti National Park in Costa Rica Ecotourism, also known as ecological tourism, is a form of tourism which appeals to the ecologically and socially conscious. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Vacation (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Voluntourism Programs

  • Voluntourism program run by Chiang Mai University in Thailand

 
 

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