2018 Travel Trends: Voluntourism

From volunteering abroad to local ecotourism efforts, it is certainly no secret that the upcoming travel generation is extremely active in both travels and in helping others. Hence one of our hottest new travel trends, voluntourism.

1: A form of tourism in which travelers participate in voluntary work, typically for a charity.
2: A popular form of international travel that allows you to contribute to sustainable development while exploring a new country and culture. 

You're in luck, one of the biggest travel trends of 2018 is also one of the most rewarding, voluntourism.

Sending groups on various volunteering journeys across the United States and beyond is one of our favorite things to do here at Group Tours, not only because it helps others and contributes to society in a positive way, but the travel itself will positively contribute to you and your life experiences!

A great thing about voluntourism is that it is the perfect travel activity for any group: high school students, college students, businesses, medical professionals, friends, family, etc. There is a multitude of different volunteering opportunities to choose from today, with something for every age and skill level all over the world. Any age group can help out with Red Cross or Habitat for Humanity, and of course, there are so many more opportunities outside of our country, in various parts of the world that need medical attention, agricultural help, or education resources in general.

Here are our most popular voluntourism trip categories:

  • National Parks
  • Local Emergency
  • Red Cross
  • Zoo/Animal Shelter
  • Missionary Trip
  • Medical Outreach
  • Conservation Efforts

Group Tours and our sister company, Adventure Student Travel, have listed some of the best options for your group within the U.S below, take a look and pick the perfect one for your group! Give us a call, and we'll get you there quickly, safely, and efficiently.

Psst Students!!! Colleges *love* to see community service hours on your applications.

Here are just a few examples of programs overseas this year to consider, as well:


Be sure to check out our last 2018 Travel Trends blog: Culinary Trips