Volunteering Vacations: Charitable Opportunities Around the World

Have you been thinking about how you can give back in the New Year? And travel more? You can do both with charitable programs these resorts around the world offer. From preserving the rainforest to rescuing horses, 2015 can be a year of truly unforgettable experiences.  

Here are few places you can consider when planning your volunteer vacation:

Learn Spanish and plant a tropical almond tree in Costa Rica

Attempting to create a habitat for the area’s 150 species of birds and local wildlife, The Los Suenos Marriot Costa Rica established their Reforest the Rainforest program to provide guests with the ability to participate in the resort’s ongoing effort to preserve the rainforest.

As a complimentary gift, guests are given the chance to plant a Tropical Almond tree, which are beneficial for the preservation of the iconic macaw along the property’s 1,100- acre rainforest. The property offers Spanish classes also.

Remove debris from beaches at Virgin Islands National Park

Guests at The Westin St. John Resort are given complimentary transfers to The Virgin Islands National Park to learn about the forest, help maintain park trails and ruin and help remove debris from the beaches and coastlines. On top of that, upon their return, a $100 resort credit is given to guests that can be used at the facilities.

Be named the protector of Leatherback Turtles in Puerto Rico

Yes, it’s the most popular and most exhilarating opportunity; you have the chance to protect the Leatherback Turtles nesting on St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort located at the foot of El Yungue National Rainforest. This spot is the ultimate destination, if you want to be surrounded by 483 acres of nature reserve that was altered from a former coconut plantation. Learn from the on-site marine biologist about the property’s endangered Puerto Rican parrot and its sanctuary, explore the Tree Planting Program and visit the Plant Nursery.  

Rescue horses in the British Virgin Islands

As part of an initiative to rescue Pasco Fino horses, Biras Creek Resort recently launched an interactive horse program to provide guests with a fun and memorable learning experience, while helping give the horses an active and fulfilling chance at life. At any time during their stay, guests are welcome to visit and/or groom the horses and can take part in classes for further interaction with rehabilitated animals.

Go on a teaching quest in Ghana

United Planet makes it easy for you to choose when, where and how long you want to volunteer in a particular country. You can consider working in countries or areas including orphanages, teaching, children with cancer, wildlife and a whole lot more. In Ghana, approximately 400 students are enrolled in school, but only 15-20 volunteers are sought to teach in numerous subjects. It’s time to brush up on those English, science, mathematics and geography skills and get to work. 

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