Voluntourism in Africa
Voluntourism is thriving. The concept of volunteering while travelling has been gaining popularity over the last five to 10 years.
Some experiences are free but many actually cost you a premium for the experience. The idea is to visit unusual and exotic places while becoming part of a community working alongside locals on projects.
The concept grew out of the days of volunteer religious missions or volunteering in a kibbutz in the 70's. These days, it's a source of income for local people and businesses in poorer countries. Foreign tourists pay for experiences they would never get at home.
Forget going on a holiday just to tick off the bucket list. By volunteering you become involved with local issues and get to experience a different life by personally interacting with cultures in a more authentic, grass roots way.