May 21, 2020
Like travel, volunteerism is one of life’s greatest pleasures that reaps many benefits for the spirit. When the two are combined, it can become a life-changing experience for those with adventure and a desire to help in their hearts.
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 of intentions to do good work in underserved communities around the globe.
To ensure your volunteer travel experience is a positive one for both you and the community you’ll be serving, Seven Corners recommends making a few considerations before you embark on your journey.
In addition to researching locales, there are many questions you should ask before booking a voluntourism trip to ensure your skills are put to good use, and that the organization you are working with is reputable and beneficial to the community. Some of the most important are:
Whether you’re a planner, or prefer someone else to take the lead, there are options for your international service work.
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 medical expenses or trip protection, Seven Corners also offers group travel insurance plans to cover your entire party.