Voluntourism: The Americas
Collected by Becca Blond, AFAR Local Expert
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...