Volunteer Vacation or Vacation Scam?
August 23, 2014 8:07 PM Subscribe
I'm looking to spend 2-3 weeks on a volunteer vacation with animals somewhere in the world this coming year. Help make the most of my time and select the right program!
I'm leaning a towards something in South Africa (due to the quantity of animal sanctuaries) but have gotten a bit overwhelmed with all the options and the fear that these types of programs are fraught with issues.
Some specific questions:
1) I want to really be engaged with the local environment/animals/people. I'm concerned that these types of programs marginalize volunteers in a way that they end up not really having an impact. Is this something to be concerned about?
2) I'm also concerned that some of these programs are actually set up to look like volunteer programs but are actually just tourist attractions making people feel better about their consumerism.
Do you have a personal experience to share? A company you'd like to recommend?