eMagazine by TAT Los Angeles – December 2013 (Vol. 2 No.12)

Highlights of the Month – A Volunteer Vacation

Highlights of the Month – A Volunteer Vacation

 Most of the time, doing something with a higher purpose results in life-changing experiences for both benefactor and beneficiary alike.  Recipients of goodwill gestures often end up with improved financial standing, better material possessions, or life experience that can help them survive; plus philanthropists get that special sense of pleasure that comes from contributing to the well-being of others.

For world-travelers looking to contribute to the greater good, the country known as the Land of Smiles has many diverse opportunities available for you. “Voluntourism,” combining volunteering and tourism, is catching on in Thailand with younger travelers who are looking to make a positive contribution to the places they visit.

This new approach to tourism is also gaining popularity with older travelers, including retirees, who are not only eager to remain both physically and mentally active, but also to authentically engage in a “community” enterprise. Tourists of all backgrounds are now coming to Thailand to participate in diverse activities: from basic tasks like caring for wildlife or simple hands-on construction to providing highly skilled medical assistance or conducting scientific research.  More >>