As the word implies, voluntourism combines vacation travel with volunteering at the destination visited. Search the Web and you’ll find dozens of organizations – both nonprofits and travel businesses – deeply involved in organizing volunteering vacations.
When it’s well-organized and thoughtfully planned, the traveler can indeed use vacation time to great advantage, helping the host country.
How are the volunteering opportunities chosen? Are these real needs and can volunteers truly do something useful in as little as a week?