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Volunteer Vacations

Volunteer Vacations

Altruistic Adventures Around the World

Want to feel less stressed, angry and anxious? Volunteer. That’s the conclusion to countless studies. Even better, take that advice on the road to give your time, ideas and energy to help people, wildlife and the environment all around the world. 

Field Notes

An animal lovers’ guide to helping wildlife around the world:


Pink River Dolphins Board a riverboat in this remote region of the Amazon to survey the area’s animal life — dolphins, caimans, giant river otters — and you’ll help develop conservation strategies for the region and the people who inhabit it.

Sharks Pair with researchers from the World Wide Fund for Nature to help feed, identify and tag sharks in Pacific Harbour, Fiji while earning your PADI diver certification in the process.  
 
Lions, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant Track movements, remove invasive plant species and help protect the Big Five from poachers in one of South Africa’s best wildlife hotspots.  
 
Turtles By day, help researchers measure and tag sea turtles in Costa Rica’s Playa Blanca. By night, head to an organic chocolate farm lodge for some well earned R&R.
 
Baby Elephants Walk, feed and bathe baby elephants in a forest river (then shovel their dung) in this small village in Northern Thailand where off-duty activities include river rafting and zip-lining through the jungle.
 
Wolves Help feed, clean and observe wolves rescued from illegal trapping and captivity in this Portuguese conservation area located a mere 45-minute drive from Lisbon.

By the Numbers

28,000 

That's the number of volunteers for Global Volunteers since 1984. The organization specializes in impactful, tax-deductible opportunities to help children and families around the world.

Inn Crowd

Tucked away on a 7,000-acre wildlife reserve in Australia’s Blue Mountains, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley fuses luxury lodging with a chance to contribute to conservation in an area once explored by Charles Darwin. Three days a week, guests can work alongside conservationists to plant trees, help with wildlife surveys, monitor feral animals and count wombats. The pay off? Return to the uber-secluded, romantic resort (which sees an average of one marriage proposal a week, according to staff). Each of its 41 freestanding villas comes with its own private pool, perfect for watching kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies.

Sweat Equity

Looking to gain extra cardio points while helping out? Consider digging foundations and installing doors and windows to help build homes in Bolivia. Ride a bike 20k to bring donations to a bookstore in Cuba? That’s the idea with Exchange of Pace, which organizes trips for women that combine philanthropy with fitness. Join forces with WWOOF and bail hay, tend animals and pick produce at organic farms throughout the world and earn your room and board in the process.

 

INTRO: @African Impact

INN CROWD: @One and Only Resorts

SWEAT EQUITY: @WWOOF

Swim with killer whales, camp with friends, and cool off in a river surrounded by the beauty of Baja, California. 🇲🇽

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This surreal store in Chengdu, China, which includes over 80,000 books, is lined with images of books on the upper shelves so it would appear that they stretch from floor to ceiling.

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Patagonia is pretty much the most magical place on Earth.

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inspired by Space exploration’s seminal era, as it sits in quiet solitude surrounded by pitted rock format, Echo Camp in Antarctica gives you as close as you can get to feeling off the planet without leaving Earth.

It`s the newest luxury adventure experience from White Desert where you can enjoy fine dining, ice climbing, cross-country skiing and for the adventurers learn life saving techniques.

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Welcome to the new @thewhitelotus hotel @fskohsamui 🌴 The resort offers stunning views, beautiful beaches, and upscale amenities, which align with the high-end and exotic backdrop often sought after by TV producers. Will you be tuning in to the new season?

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Dreaming of traveling to warmer destinations like Lucky Bay in Western Australia.

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Discover the allure of Pidurangala Rock, a captivating geological marvel adjacent to Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. Embark on a scenic hike that unveils panoramic vistas of Sigiriya Rock, lush forests, and distant mountains. Explore a historic cave temple at the base and catch the magic of sunrise or sunset from the summit.

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Located in Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh in India, Kardang Village offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan landscapes and its 12th century monastery that holds cultural and historical significance in the region.

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Picture this: kicking back in a waterfall in Akureyri, Iceland. Laugafell is the spot – where the warm meets the cool. It`s a chill time with nature`s own spa. Keep an eye out for dolphins jumping in the ocean!

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Considered as a modern alpine village, Avoriaz is a popular spot for skiers and families. The village is one of the largest stations within Les Portes du Soleil which is a major skisports destination in the Alps, encompassing thirteen resorts between Mont Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland.

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In search for the best hot springs that will warm us up until the arrival of Spring.

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Located near the Katla volcano in Iceland, the Katla cave features stunning blue ice formations and intricate ice sculptures. It`s a popular destination for guided tours, offering a glimpse into the otherworldly beauty of Iceland`s glacial landscapes.

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Sunsets at Ruby Beach, Washington, are a mesmerizing display of nature`s beauty. The rugged coastline, sea stacks, and driftwood-strewn shore create a dramatic backdrop for the sun`s descent. A serene and picturesque setting, attracting photographers and nature enthusiasts alike.

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Take a dip in this 50 meters long infinity pool at Hotel @krallerhof where you`re surrounded by stunning Austrian Alps.

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