Inspirock to Help “Voluntourists” Plan Their Trips

Exciting news coming from Inspirock: In the coming months, we will be helping IIPT (International Institute for Peace Through Tourism) and Skål (International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals) in their effort to launch their International Ambassador for Peace Campaign. The project is in its early stages and many details are still being worked out.

What we can tell you right now is that Inspirock will help design an interactive new website that will eventually serve as a platform for sharing stories and interacting with one another. Read more below about how you can travel to make a difference. If you know of any other voluntourism organizations you would like to see Inspirock work with, please use our feedback form to tell us about them.

Voluntourism—An Exciting Way to See and Change the World

Thank you volunteers cake by: San Jose Library (CC)
Thank you volunteers cake by: San Jose Library (CC)

Alright, so let’s get this out of the way first—what exactly is voluntourism? Basically, voluntourism is an increasingly popular practice in which travelers choose to spend all or part of their vacation working on some charitable cause. Combining two worthy activities—volunteering and tourism—voluntourism allows you to spend your free time helping make a positive difference. This rewarding type of travel is rapidly gaining fans, and for good reason. Here are the top three benefits of voluntourism to keep in mind the next time you plan a trip.

1. Seeing the World from a Different Perspective

Macro of tiny Earth globe hanging on key chain by: Horia Varlan (CC)
Macro of tiny Earth globe hanging on key chain by: Horia Varlan (CC)

To be honest, spending two weeks of your vacation sprawled out on a sandy beach is probably one of the best things you could do for your mind, body, and soul. So do it as often as you can. Just keep in mind that volunteering abroad also allows you to do something invaluable: it lets you see the world from a different perspective. Many tour operators and nonprofit organizations offer wide-ranging voluntourism opportunities, from building houses to teaching local kids. Whatever you end up doing, the experience is guaranteed to enrich your life and deepen your understanding of our ever-changing world.

2. Developing Personal Skills

Learn by: GotCredit (CC)
Learn by: GotCredit (CC)

Nothing develops your personal skills like traveling the world. When you blend old-fashioned tourism with selfless volunteer work, you’re that much better off. True, helping someone build a home won’t make you a master carpenter, but you’ll certainly walk away with improved foreign-language skills, a better understanding of local traditions, and greater ability to interact with others on complex and time-consuming projects. Now, what resume couldn’t use all three of those points?

3. Making New Friends

Three by: Riza Nugraha (CC)
Three by: Riza Nugraha (CC)

Got enough Facebook friends? Ready for some real-world friendships? Enrich your vacation with some volunteer work, and you’ll join a network of people working together to improve the world, one trip at a time. In addition to making lots of local pals, you’ll meet other voluntourists from around the globe. And who among us couldn’t do with a few more good buddies?

Using Inspirock to Plan Your Voluntourism Trip

Here’s something that just might blow your socks off: planning your voluntourism trip isn’t the world’s most difficult task. Link up with an organization like IIPT to find out what you can do and where your efforts are needed the most. Or, use Inspirock’s free trip planner to create your own voluntourism holiday. Yes, it really is that simple. Our itinerary maker doesn’t cost you a penny, it’s simple and quick to use, and with thousands of destinations to choose from, you’re sure to find a place that’ll satisfy both the curious tourist and the committed volunteer in you.

Tamara

Tamara

Educated in Chicago and based in Serbia, Tamara travels with passion and believes that one written word can be worth at least a thousand pictures. When she's not conquering the world one blog post at a time, she likes to eat pizza and take long naps--preferably at the same time.
Tamara