Doing Good, But Not Continuously
Ever thought you'd like to do some voluntourism -- volunteering on your travel vacation -- but don't have a strong enough back to, say, build houses under a hot sun? Or maybe you'd like your vacation to be meaningful and you'd like to see something outside tourist areas, but still want it to be a vacation.
Collette Vacations might have the answer that fits your style. The tour operator in August put $2 million into a foundation to help children at what will eventually be 20 projects around the world, and 150 of the company's employees have already volunteered to provide manpower to the projects.
If you, the traveler, choose a trip to a destination where a project is located, you'll be offered the option of a tour to the project.
For example, the foundation is helping an orphanage in Peru. You can visit and interact with the children. If you're moved to make some donation or start some project for the orphanage on your own, so much the better.
In Mexico, Collette is funding a math teacher for an impoverished school that can't afford one. You can visit the school, and maybe be among those who decide to help finance the longer-term goal of remodeling the kitchen and the health clinic.
I'm thinking this might be a popular idea -- whaddaya think?
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Posted by: Tabitha | September 6, 2007 10:17 AM
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