Patt Morrison For April 20, 2012

"Voluntourism": What’s out there?

Chicago Review Press

"Volunteer Vacations, Eleventh Edition: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others" by Bill McMillon, Doug Cutchins, and Anne Geissinger

Would you be willing to sacrifice your that Hawaiian vacation to work on a farm?

It may sound farfetched, but many people actually give up luxury holidays to go on volunteer vacations, where they help build houses for the homeless in Haiti, take care of elephants in Thailand, or build orphanages in South Africa. Navigating so-called “voluntourism” can be daunting and even risky for travelers. Patt talks with a veteran “voluntourist” about over 150 projects that volunteers can join.

Excerpt from 'Volunteer Vaccations'

(Reprinted with permission from "Volunteer Vacations, Eleventh Edition: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others" by Bill McMillon, Doug Cutchins, and Anne Geissinger. Text copyright 2011 Chicago Review Press. Published by Chicago Review Press (distributed by IPG.))

WEIGH IN:

Have you been on a volunteer vacation? If so, what did you learn from the experience? Looking to go? Call in with your questions.

Guest:

Doug Cutchins, co-author, “Volunteer Vacations, Eleventh Edition: Short-Term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others”


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