5 Volunteer Travel Destinations For Those Looking To Give Back This Thanksgiving
With Thanksgiving and the holidays upon us, now is the time for thanks and giving back. Why not do so while traveling? Try one of these top picks for matching once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences with volunteer service.
The South Georgia Habitat Restoration Project
Abercrombie & Kent is partnering with the South Georgia Heritage Trust Head to send people to the Antarctic region to assist with habitat restoration. The trip benefits the wildlife and habitat of the sub-Antarctic Island of South Georgia while increasing the global seabird populations. This restoration initiative could increase the seabird population by millions of birds on South Georgia.
Phinda and Ngala, Rhinos Without Borders
During this travel initiative, guests can participate in rhinoceros tagging and notching. This guest-funded program allows travel company andBeyond to monitor rhinos to ensure they’re protected from poachers. Guests participate in locating and darting a specific rhino and join a team of conservationists while they capture data from the animal. This anti-poaching measure allows guests to make a difference in the conservation of this endangered species.
Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Safari
This real-life moving experience takes place as part of the most successful orphaned-elephant rescue and rehab program in the world. When guests arrive in Nairobi, Kenya, they adopt a baby elephant and with the help of a keeper, they care for the elephant. The safari continues on to Amboseli and Samburu, highlighting Africa’s elephant conservation and habitats. The adventure concludes in a private conservancy adjacent to the Masai Mara—a protected wildlife corridor for elephants and many other animals.
The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fund
The Lindblad ships serve as platforms for science & research. Guests spend time learning about projects, such as the Extreme Ice Survey in Antarctica. The goal is to protect the last wild places in the ocean; support innovative local projects; and facilitate conservation, research, education and community development projects.
One For Life
Luxury cruising company Silversea and the Maruzza Foundation established One for Life, which allows Silversea guests to become involved in the Foundation’s projects. The Foundation collaborates with local government organizations to assist in palliative care and support for people affected by life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.