November 7, 2008, Newsletter Issue #124: Try a voluntary tourism vacation.

Tip of the Week

A great way to spend your vacation time while doing something that is good for the environment is to take a volunteer vacation. While working through your vacation certainly isnít as much fun as relaxing at the beach it is more meaningful to know that you spent your time doing something that will leave a positive impact on the environment and ecotourism. Opportunities of all kinds exist from teaching to assisting with conservation or peace building efforts. For the more adventurous traveler there are rainforest ecotourism volunteer vacations where you can help track the habit of rare or endangered animals. There are even volunteer vacations that deal directly with environmental issues where you can assist scientists in the study of global warming or conservation field research. The first step in deciding what kind of volunteer vacation to take is to determine what interests you, as well as what kind of physical shape you are in. Many of these volunteer vacations require walking or other strenuous physical activity although some opportunities do exist for senior citizens and children. When taking a volunteer vacation you should know that the accommodations may not mean staying in a five star hotel and that the money still comes out of your pocket. Knowing that you have done something that was environmentally friendly and sustainable with your own two hands will leave you with unforgettable memories of helping to bring hope and a sense of place back to the community you chose to vacation in.

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