Off The Beaten Track: Volunteer at Sea
The traditional vacation has evolved, with an increasing number of cruise liners offering volunteering opportunities for guests looking for a true kind of immersion on the ground.
Volunteering at sea may be the perfect way to spice up your next holiday and give it extra value and meaning. So why not take the chance to create a positive impact on the world and its communities, while you cruise through incredible locations?
What Kind Of Volunteering Can I Do?
There are plenty of different types of volunteering on offer. From teaching English to children, to providing poverty relief, the programs available aren’t on just any holiday brochure.
Carnival Corporation, Crystal Cruises and Uniworld are at the top of the list when it comes to voluntourism.
Carnival Corporation – Fathom
Fathom was created in 2016 with the sole purpose of providing a travel experience that connects travellers with local communities. Their current focus is on providing aid to those who were impacted by hurricanes Irma and Maria.
‘Cruise for the Caribbean’ launches in early 2018 and is partnered with Princess Cruises. The voyage will touch down in the Dominican Republic, Antigua, St Martin, and St Thomas.
Volunteers on board will provide helping hands to the rebuilding projects in communities that haven’t yet recovered from the devastating natural disasters. Volunteers will assist in rebuilding homes, schools, and anything that will get these areas back to operating like they should be.
Crystal Cruises – You Care, We Care
Crystal Cruises have expanded their shore excursions program and given it a new twist. The ‘You Care, We Care’ program provides passengers with meaningful activities that support local communities and ecosystems.
The cruise line has partnered with dozens of local charities and organisations over the past few years. Here are some them, to give you an idea of what you could get up to:
Rostock Zoological Garden, Berlin, Germany: Volunteers assist zookeepers in feeding animals and maintaining their enclosures.
Siyaphambili Orphanage - Cape Town, South Africa: Volunteers offer their hearts and minds to help orphans with their school homework.
Makapu’u Beach Native Coastal Plant Preserve - Honolulu, Hawaii: Volunteers help preserve important coastal plants by extracting invasive plant species.
ANIQUEM Burn Rehab Center - Lima, Peru: Volunteers host arts and crafts sessions for patients.
Estonian Food Bank - Talinn, Estonia: Volunteers help with packing donated food.
Uniworld – ME to WE
Uniworld gives the best of both worlds with this extension of the India’s Golden Triangle and the Sacred Ganges trip. This optional trip gives guests a chance to volunteer before their main cruise begins.
Part of the ME to WE program, it will take you deeper into India’s Rajasthan. You’ll be working with the local communities along the way and participating in sustainable development projects. Led by a local guide, the trip offers genuine exploration and engagement with people you wouldn’t meet on a normal holiday.
Why Volunteer On Vacation?
Volunteering on a vacation adds adventure and authenticity that some vacations may lack. It also offers a lot more for you:
Connection: You’ll be volunteering with likeminded people and developing relationships along the way. You’ll also be meeting members of the diverse communities you’re welcomed into.
Unique locations: There’ll be places and communities you never would have come across on a normal trip, and you’ll have the chance to genuinely connect with them.
Doing good: You’ll be doing real things away from home that’ll have a real and positive impact.
Really, you’re getting the same kind of adventures, except that it’s not just you that has memories from the experience; the places you visit will have their own memories of you.
To find out more, contact a Cruiseabout cruise expert on 1300 769 228 or visit us in-store today.