Travel Team | Jun 9, 2022
Like travel, volunteerism is one of life’s greatest pleasures. When the two are combined, it can become a life-changing experience for those with adventure and a desire to help in their hearts. Traveling for volunteer work can reap many benefits for the spirit, if you plan it well.
There are many opportunities available for volunteer travel, but not all are created equally. Critics have noted the negative impact that voluntourism can have on communities; however, that criticism is typically leveled at the organizations that curate and promote volunteer travel opportunities and not those who have the best intentions to do good work in underserved communities around the globe.
To ensure your volunteer travel experience is positive for both you and the community, Seven Corners recommends making a few considerations before you embark on your journey.
Traveling for free through volunteer work is possible and can be a one-way ticket to just about anywhere abroad. You can join several programs, organizations, or projects that allow you to volunteer abroad for free. To find the right opportunity for you, and to make sure you’re traveling responsibly, you need to do your research.
In addition to researching locales, there are many questions you should ask before booking a voluntourism trip. You want to ensure your skills are put to good use and that the organization you are working with is reputable and benefits the community. Some of the most important questions are:
Whether you’re a planner or prefer someone else to take the lead, there are options for your international service work.
Understanding the culture of your volunteer travel destination is an extremely important part of your research . Ensuring you are respectful of your new surroundings will make your stay that much more comfortable for yourself and others. After all, traveling for free through volunteer work means you’re temporarily in someone else's home, even if the goal is to make that home a better one.
You want your experience to be a positive one, so making sure you’re covered by travel insurance is one way to maintain peace of mind. Travel insurance may not be required for the country you’re visiting, but it’s highly recommended to ensure safety and financial protection. In addition to individual coverage for trip protection, Seven Corners also offers group travel insurance plans to cover your entire party.
To get a fast, free quote, visit our website. You can also speak with a Seven Corners representative about which coverage you and your traveling companions will need by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-575-2652.