What is Voluntourism?
Voluntourism is what you get when you combine an international tourism trip with volunteer efforts. By participating, you’re not only given the opportunity to explore and immerse yourself in a new destination, but you also have the opportunity to give back and make a noticeable difference in the world. This form of travel has been a growing trend over the last decade and companies are taking note.
“Volunteer tourism is a growing trend in corporate travel,” said James “Keller” Keller, vice president of meetings and incentives. “Whether the sole purpose of a business trip or simply a component, companies, large and small, enjoy giving their employees the opportunity to experience the excitement of helping those in need.”
Voluntourism in Action
Fox recently partnered with a major insurance company to plan a voluntourism trip where they sent 50 employees to aid in Hurricane Maria recovery in Puerto Rico. Residents of Bartolo mountains had their homes and school painted in addition to a wealth of supplies being donated to aid families in need.
“It’s been a wonderful experience for our team, as well as a number of our partners. It was good for our souls to work for others and provide them with goods and services benefiting their lives. I can’t thank our partners and our sponsors enough for providing us with the support needed to accomplish our mission. It was truly an American effort,” said the company’s CEO.
Opportunities similar to this exist all over the world for communities in need of volunteers and aid. To learn more about destinations and how you can help, contact us online or call our meetings and incentives department at 877.369.8785.