August 19th marks #WorldHumanitarianDay – a global celebration of people helping people. And in honor of it, we’re sharing a few ways you can use your vacation time to make a positive impact with five philanthropic travel experiences.
Conserve the environment in Brazil
Delicious eats, chaotic streets, and breathtaking scenery are just a few reasons Brazil should be at the top of your bucket list. You can make your trip even more meaningful with a hands-on experience in the field of bio-research.
The itinerary ranges from exploring the Ribeira Valley, the region with the highest concentration of bioluminescent mushrooms worldwide, to participate in thrilling activities like tubing in the Boia Cross. Experience the magic of the Brazilian ecosystem and book yourself a spot on this rewarding trip.
Help underresourced hospitals in India
Understanding India’s fascinating culture, people and nature are at the top of many traveler’s bucket lists, but you can take it a step further by jumping right into a volunteer program that helps people in need. International Volunteer HQ brings medical volunteers to India to assist under-resourced clinics and hospitals. Volunteers get hands-on medical training while providing much-needed care to those without proper access to healthcare.
Go beyond the safari in the African savannah
Aid wildlife in need by signing up for this animal welfare enrichment program sponsored by Volunteer World. On this trip, volunteers improve the standard of life for Namibia’s most endangered animals by helping to maintain the environment they live in. A typical day on this adventure is filled with education and rewarding work interacting with cheetahs, baboons, big cats and much more at this historical animal refuge. Take this opportunity to discover Africa’s unique landscapes, ancient history, and geographical wonders while giving back.
Support a community in Nepal
Looking to make a tangible impact on a growing community with your next trip? Projects Abroad works to rebuild and repair classrooms that were damaged by the devastating earthquakes in Nepal in 2015. During your free time, you’ll get to explore this country’s extraordinary natural beauty at notorious sights such as Nepal’s majestic Himalayan Mountain Range while also embarking on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help give children a safe space to continue their education.
Become a role model in Ghana
Let your next trip encourage your own personal growth by becoming a role model for kids in need. Support GoEco in improving the lives of disadvantaged youth in Ghana by volunteering in schools that aim to provide invaluable skills & lessons to children. Help them learn, develop, and have fun while gaining a deeper understanding of the global challenges children face.
Make an impact
Wherever you go, make your next trip unforgettable by choosing to devote some time to make a difference.
*These organizations are suggestions for ways to volunteer abroad. Faye is in no way associated with them or their mission. This post is meant to give you ideas and inspiration on ways to make a difference.