First, set your budget. Because air travel, trip planning, and accommodations are not free, non-profit organizations usually require that volunteers pay their own way. However, there are volunteer vacations for just about every budget. Some volunteer vacations are as short as a weekend camping trip focused on hiking trail protection. In this case, you’d only need enough cash for gas and meals. Others volunteer vacations are in remote locations and can last several months or even a year. Longer tips can cost several thousand dollars.
Second, survey your talents and interests. You may want to select a volunteer vacation that correlates with your profession. For example, doctors are needed to provide medical care, teachers are needed to work with children, and construction workers are needed to help build community centers. Track dolphins in the Bahamas, work with street children in South Africa or promote sustainable agriculture in Tanzania. A quick online search for “volunteer vacations” will yield hundreds of possibilities. Choose the one that fits you best.
Third, plan for some “me time”. Even the most dedicated worker needs a break now and then, so be sure to schedule a little “me time” during your trip. For example, one program that sends volunteers to build schools in Belize also helps participants set up excursions to explore the Mayan ruins and go snorkeling in the Caribbean. You may choose to plan side trips during the course of your volunteerism or may decide to take a longer trip at the conclusion of your vacation. Either way, taking some time for yourself will help you avoid feeling worn-out and will give you an alternative activity to get excited about.
This also means you can hike and tour some interesting places with a guarantee that you will see creatures that you won’t be able to view anywhere else. If your passion is the ocean, you can snorkel or scuba dive through some of the clearest waters you’ve ever seen to view myriad colors of fish, turtles, and other sea creatures.
Keep in mind that traveling to Belize means being mindful of the country. In fact, Belize is growing in popularity as a hot tourist locale. Though they are small and lack many of the things larger tourist destinations have, Belize is doing everything it can to please visitors while maintaining its desire to keep habitats and animals safe. With so many amazing things to see and places to visit, treading carefully can help ensure that Belize can remain a gem for both natives of the country as well as visitors from outside the borders.
Because of their attention to environmental conservation, Belize has become a unique place that showcases the best of ecotourism. Indeed, the hotels and other luxury buildings that are being erected along the coastlines and even inland are doing what they can to be mindful of the environment. They utilize solar energy and reclaimed hardwoods for a building. Tourists may even come away feeling greener than when they arrived!…