4 Great Resources For Planning a Voluntourism Trip - Family Traveller (USA)

Voluntourism, or helping others while traveling, is a growing trend within the family travel space. Family Traveller contributor Heather Mitchell Embley shared how her family is showing their three kids the world while teaching them the value of helping others. Eager to get your family involved in the local communities and environments on your next trip? These resources are a great starting point for planning a voluntourism trip.

Pack for a Purpose

Make your travels meaningful and have a big impact in the communities you visit. Simply use a small amount of space in your luggage to pack supplies needed by community projects around the world. This organization does the research for you, vetting local organizations and determining their individual needs.

Travel Sommelier

Travel Sommelier organizes trips that allow you to provide assistance to the people and wildlife of Africa. Many safari camps are involved in community outreach, whether it is teaching locals to farm and providing them with land and vegetables to sell or whether it is helping teach local children to read English. Combining just a half-day of your trip helping with one of these programs can make a huge difference. Travel Sommelier advises travelers regarding what supplies would be welcome on assorted voluntourism platforms.

Encounters Travel

This London-based travel agency is an adventure tour operator, based in the UK but with representatives in Canada, South Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand. Encounters Travel has codes of practice that support local and international organizations and  pro-actively seeks to ensure that their operations are as locally sustainable as possible.


As an innovative platform providing a space for volunteers, GivingWay allows travelers and NGOs to connect directly and for free. By connecting directly, non-profits can clearly communicate their wishes, and volunteers, in turn, can direct their contribution where most needed. Working together in this way, volunteers & non-profits can make a real impact on the local communities they’ve set out to support.