Conservation Volunteers Australia says voluntourism is one of its fastest growing sectors. About 10,000 Australians join its programs each year.”For people who enjoy connecting with nature and holidays with a difference, a champagne sunset dinner before heading out to assist with turtle research, or booking out your own private island and assisting a park ranger with penguin monitoring … is an attractive honeymoon or travel experience,” company spokeswoman Joanne Davies said.
‘I cannot emphasise enough just how important it is for volunteer trips to be based on a real, genuine local need and work in partnership with local people,” responsibletravel.com’s Krissy Roe said. ”Projects that have been dreamed up by a marketing department and have not been requested by the local community can do more harm than good.”
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