Voluntourism opportunities are becoming more accessible as the combo of traveling and volunteering goes mainstream. A number of tourism boards and visitors bureaus in the U.S. and around the world are offering voluntourism programs of their own to capture this class of travelers and to increase visibility and participation for their partnership community service programs. Idaho Visitors Bureau launched its voluntourism program last week. The program with its accompanying website highlights opportunities available in the arts, environment, outdoor recreation sites, and others. The website with its rustic graphics is appealing and the voluntourism opportunities are organized by theme, partners and region of the state.
If going to the tropical island of Hawaii and participating in conservation efforts is your dream, the Big Island Visitors Bureau offers eco-adventure voluntourism.
While more convention and visitors bureaus are expected to come onboard, Idaho is the latest to join a growing list of tourism boards — building on Jordan Tourism Board’s foray into voluntourism in 2007. Others include Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau; Norfolk Virginia Convention & Visitors Bureau; and the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. David Clemmons, founder of Voluntourism.org, expects “2009 will usher in a new age for partnership and interaction between the social sector and the entities responsible for marketing destinations.”
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