Voluntourism

Our motto at the Tour Collective is “explore everything”. This is not only restricted to enjoying the scenic beauty and breathtaking sites, cultures and wonders the world has to offer. A richer experience can also be achieved by volunteering in the communities we love to visit. This is a great way to see the world while directly making a difference in people’s lives as well as your own.

Here’s how you can get involved:

 

Work with Orphaned and Impoverished Children Project, Stellenbosch­– South Africa

Numerous children in South Africa have been orphaned because of past conflicts, the HIV/AIDS epidemic and extreme poverty. This project aims to provide these children with a safe home and an environment to facilitate education and personal growth, with the hope that they will be able to have secure futures and in turn can create a better future for their country.

 

Volunteers will help the children with their day-to-day activities building their confidence, developing life skills and reinstating their hope in life. Depending on volunteer’s individual interests and skills daily activities may include:

  • Teaching basic English, Math, Science, Physical Education, or other subjects of interest
  • Helping the children with homework
  • Creating a fun, safe and all-inclusive environment
  • Provide care, love and attention to children
  • Providing daily care to the children such as preparing meals and watching over them
  • Participate in playtime activities
  • Educating on personal hygiene, and safety rules and precautions
  • Developing stimulating new ideas to interest the children to learn
  • Organizing and leading extracurricular activities such as games, sports, art, music, dancing, story-telling, drama lessons, etc.
  • Assisting the local staff with administrative duties, promoting fundraising activities, and helping to plan events and excursions for the children

For further information please visit:
http://www.newhopevolunteers.org/volunteer-in-south-africa/orphanage-project.php

 

Community Development Expedition, Dawasamu District– Fiji

TheDawasamu District on the east coast of Viti Levu, Fiji hasremained relatively untouched by tourism with few sources of income for the local community whilst the rest of the island has continued to flourish. The aim of this program is to help villagers adapt their livelihoods in response to changing pressures on traditional life due to both environmental and social change. The program focuses on empowering communities by actively engaging important issues that affect their quality of life, such as access to fresh water, education, food security and income generation.Volunteerscan help local communitieswith key infrastructure construction projects, setting up community based income-generation initiatives, volunteering in local pre-schools and working on studies that inform important environmental management decisions.

Daily activities may include:

  • Construction and installation of rainwater harvesting systems
  • Building vegetable gardens
  • Volunteering in local kindergartens and schools
  • Helping rural communities set up income generating projects,

This is an amazing opportunity to interact with villagers and make lifelong friends as well as visit idyllic traditional Fijian villages and be immersed in the Fijian way of life. On days off volunteerscan enjoy island hopping between stunning remote island locations with beautiful beaches and breathtaking scenery, participating in activities such as scuba diving, dolphin watching, hiking to waterfalls, snorkelling, traditional ceremonies and Fijian language lessons.

For further information please visit:
http://www.katalystfoundation.org/our-story/

 

Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) – Worldwide

Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) brings together its 27 Member NGOs and their networks of more than 100,000 highly-skilled volunteers to partner with USAID to efficiently and effectively generate sustainable economic growth in the developing world.

VEGArun various global projects aimed specifically at improving development in tourism and so far,it’s member organizations have implemented more than 25,000 volunteer assignments in 140 countries.VEGA uses the “value chain approach” to build sustainable tourism industries which involves facilitating public-private partnerships between stakeholders to get the best results.

For further information please visit:
http://vegaalliance.org/expertises/tourism-development/

 

Women for Women International – Worldwide
Operating in more than 8 countries, Women for Women International has helped more than 447,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict. Since 1993 the organization offered support, tools, and skill development to move women from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.

You can contribute by donating or volunteering at:
http://www.womenforwomen.org/get-involved

 

Planeterra Foundation – Worldwide
The Planeterra Foundation is an NGO that helps local people develop their communities, conserve their environment and provide social solutions to local business challenges. Select Planeterra projects include a woman’s weaving co-op in Peru; Hope Africa, a day school for HIV/AIDS orphaned children in South Africa and New Hope Cambodia a vocational training restaurant which provides marginalized people in the community with hospitality skills to help them obtain new job opportunities.

You can contribute by donating at:
https://planeterra.org/donation-form/