In a recent article, Forbes magazine had this to say about voluntourism: “There comes a point — generally when you’re on your third margarita, sunburned over 60 percent of your body and the kids are screaming in the infinity pool — when you start wonder if there is more to the whole vacation concept than lying on a beach getting toasted.”
That sentiment has led more and more vacationers to consider trips that have some altruistic aspect. You can help clean up a beach in Aruba, read to underprivileged children in Mexico, or volunteer at Yellowstone National Park.
Here at Special D Events, we see the voluntourism trend affecting our corporate groups as well. Volunteer projects are great for teambuilding and they support a company’s desire for corporate social responsibility. Recently, we have helped executives build bicycles for children, and coordinated a speed shopping trip for employees to purchase and pack items for distribution at local food banks.
Everyone loves the occasional margarita (or two), but I have to say, this feels a lot better the next day!
— Carol Galle, CMP