Posts Tagged ‘humanitourism’

Go Eco–to Green Up Your Voluntour

Photo: Go Eco

You’ve already decided you want to book a volunteer vacation, doing amazing work that propels you out of bed (or your hammock or sleeping bag) every morning, working in a community where you’ll be forever connected because of the difference you make…but even here, like at every turn when we book travel, we can make ever more responsible choices. Go Eco (“Volunteers for Ecological and Humanitarian Projects”) is helping you find green voluntourism and service travel options, where sustainability and planet stewardship are priorities. Lots of animal-focused trips here, as well as research and education trips, but also medical missions, development projects, teaching English programs, and more.

Photo: Go Eco

Go Eco has curated trips from other providers, helping you narrow down your search, and helping you keep your priorities straight. Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Latin America are all represented, so take a spin around and see what trips your trigger. As I’ve always said, there is a volunteer vacation for everyone–if you haven’t found your inspiration and passion yet, we have to dig a little deeper. It’s out there, and they need you. Not just anyone…YOU.

Women’s Humanitourism

Susan L. Eckert ASMP/AdventureWomen Inc

Susan L. Eckert ASMP/AdventureWomen Inc

It’s the world’s oldest adventure travel company for active women over 30, and it is providing unprecedented cultural access to a still little known destination. AdventureWomen, Inc. has created a custom, women-only excursion to Bhutan that includes hiking the Himalayas, cultural exploration, and jaw-dropping sightseeing. Most significant is the element of giving back that is built into the itinerary. There are three humanitarian projects for participants: blanket and clothing donations to Buddhist nunneries and monasteries, sponsoring and attending a special ceremony at a sacred temple, and donating reading glasses to women weavers to help in their work.

Part of the trip description is : “Throughout this Bhutan journey, travelers are immersed in the culture, history, and Buddhist practices of this amazing country. Participants visit the friendly Bhutanese people in their traditional pastoral hamlets; walk to spectacular ancient dzongs, monasteries and Buddhist temples; and ogle at sweeping vistas of scenic valleys and the snow-capped Himalayas. Culturally and spiritually, this modern-day “Shangri-La” is a profoundly rich country where human relations and Buddhist beliefs outweigh economic indicators—where “gross national happiness” is promoted by the King of Bhutan as a measure of his enchanting country’s progress.”

Dates are October 17-30. I’m desperate to go to Bhutan, and doing it in a way that also makes a contribution to the local communities seems dreamy to me. I would SO do this trip if I were able. Have fun!

http://www.adventurewomen.com