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Voluntourism: The Americas

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Vacations combing volunteering and sightseeing are plentiful across North and South America as well as in the Caribbean. From helping to rebuild houses damaged (and still not repaired) by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans to working with children on a volunteer trip to Haiti, here are some options to check out in the Americas.
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Peru
Arriving at the gate at 6:30am, I was extremley excited to see and explore this amazing place. I have been planning this trip for over ten years and the moment was finally here! After entering, the entire mountain range and ruins were covered in a...
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Almost 70 percent of the French colonial buildings in the port town of Jacamel were damaged by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Elevate Destinations, a philanthropic travel company, leads eight- and 15-day trips that include opportunities to work on...
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Are you traveling through Central America and considering Honduras but still unsure of which part to explore? Here is a thought, visit El Porvenir, a beautiful, quaint sea-side village that offers a wonderful opportunity to connect with the...
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Carabali, Turbaco, Bolívar, Colombia
Are you curious about the real Colombia? Would you like to experience the lush country-side and meet the humble and friendly people that more and more travelers are discovering in this amazing entry point to South America? Wait no longer! The best...
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5-5785 Kuhio Hwy # A, Hanalei, HI 96714, USA
I say potato, you say patato. I say tomato, you say tamato. I say taro, whereas in Kauai, many will say kalo. Regardless of how you say it, on your travels to Kauai, you will no doubt come across taro in one of its numerous forms whether eating...
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1247 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
Although the Volunteer Park Water Tower and Olmsted Park are highlights in Seattle, the Conservatory within the park is a must see for the tourist gardeners. A perfect size to walk through and feel educated, yet not overwhelmed by flora, it's...
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Viña del Mar, Valparaiso Region, Chile
Those who consider themselves true travelers long to discover places that embody and create the character of a country, a city, a neighborhood, a people. These places are located in the corners of deserted streets, lost behind the commotion of...
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Lapa - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, 20230-010, Brazil
Last summer, Canadian medical school student Amy Gajaria, 27, joined a Brazilian circus. Gajaria volunteered for three weeks in Rio de Janeiro with Crescer e Viver (Grow Up and Live), a nonprofit circus school program that aims to educate and...
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Morgans Pass, Jamaica
Hurricanes Dean and Gustav tore through the Caribbean island of Jamaica in 2007 and 2008, leaving many houses water-damaged or completely destroyed. Volunteer organization Projects Abroad, together with the Adventist Development and Relief...
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2645 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Six years after Hurricane Katrina, nearly 200 families in New Orleans are still living in FEMA trailers. The St. Bernard Parish, located about 10 miles from downtown, was one of the communities most severely affected. The St. Bernard Project, a...
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Zona Industrial, San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico
While in Cozumel Mexico this past November I had an opportunity of a lifetime! I had originally planned to visit Tulum Mayan ruins while our cruise ship stopped in Cozumel but INSTANTLY changed my mind when I found out we could participate in an...