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Voluntourism April 7, 2010

Posted by franciecooper in life coaching, life lessons, Uncategorized.
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According to the Travel Channel, “…opportunities for doing good while traveling are growing.  New York-based Cross Cultural Solutions, with centers in 10 countries, expects to send at least 1,500 volunteers to destinations around the globe this year – nearly double the 854 who participated in its programs a year ago, says executive director Steve Rosenthal.

“Minnesota-based Global Volunteers plans to send nearly 1,700 travelers on volunteer vacations next year. They have recently added new trips to Australia and South America, to keep up with demand.

“Travelers can expect to pay a basic fee for food and lodging (usually about $200 to $1,000 a week), plus airfare to and from the country where they’ll be working.  Those seeking a tax benefit should look at nonprofit organizations alone, and check with each on the individual tax benefits of each volunteer vacation. 

“When researching your own voluntourism experience, be realistic about the amount of time and skill you have to offer.  Don’t sign up to rebuild homes if you don’t have the energy or time to commit yourself fully to the project; give a tax-deductible donation to the organization instead.”

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