Voluntourism is a unique and enriching way to travel and see each city, so we want to provide the tools for you to plan your own volunteering vacation.
We encourage those who want more out of their traveling experience, to get to know the community behind the culture by being an active Travelteer in each city. Travelteer is continuously adding new organizations and options to customize your voluntourism trip and provide for a truly rewarding experience that (allows you to make an impact wherever you have been, while taking the experience with you wherever you may go.) not only allows you make a positive impact on the community you visit, but also allows for that experience to make an impression on yourself. So whether you are planning on traveling for a day or a week or a month, what are you waiting for - start planning your Travelteer adventure today!
Why we exist
Travelteer set out on a six city, six week Southeast proof-of-concept trip and volunteered in various organizations at each destination.
We found that not only were volunteers helpful, but they were needed in the day to day operations of each non-profit trying to make a difference. We became determined to promote voluntourism through our journey. We realized that there was a ton of interest in traveling to a different community to give back, but unfortunately not a streamline service that encouraged charitable people to make an impact in communities that weren’t their own. With a majority of voluntourism programs having a for-profit focus, only offering structured packages, and a large amount specializing in sending charitable individuals to foreign countries; Travelteer decided to focus on providing a domestic form of voluntourism that stood out as a way of life.
Travelteering is a fantastic way to bridge the gap between travel and philanthropy. Travelteer allows you to fully immerse yourself in each destination you visit.
When we travel to a city as a visitor, we borrow so much from the unique culture the community has created living there, rarely showing our appreciation for it. Being an active Travelteer, we want to change the definition of what it means to be a visitor, allowing you to give back to the community behind the culture. As a Travelteer you will be seeing and experiencing this culture and discovering new rewarding ways to appreciate the community that helped form it.
As human beings, we have the wonderful ability to give love and time to others. When you think about it, the most valuable thing you can offer someone is your time.
Looking for a job?
If you are looking for a job or are taking a gap year trip, Travelteer is a great way to travel and gain important skills while making a difference.
In fact, in a study by The Corporation for National and Community Service, unemployed people who volunteer were 27% more likely to find a job than those who don’t. As a Travelteer not only do you have an opportunity to learn through volunteering, demonstrate your strengths, and work on weaknesses, but you get to build your social network of people along the way, many of whom have similar passions. Whether in between college and working, or just a weekend voluntourism trip, the opportunity to gain a real edge in the job market can be gained for any Travelteer who volunteers their time, makes a difference, and experiences a city like never before! No wonder The Standford Review has stated that voluntourism trips are “the next executive training ground.”
Travelteer also is a wonderful experience for fulfilling community service hours and building your resume for after college.
Instead of just going on a regular spring break trip with others, you and your friends can plan out your own custom alternative spring break as a Travelteer. Simply by booking volunteering opportunities around your schedule, you can make your trip into a chance for personal growth and help cultivate the community around you in the process. The best part about all this resume building is that at the end of the day you are doing something exciting and fun, creating memories as a Travelteer that will be with you for a lifetime!
Your time is appreciated
The amazing thing about Travelteer is that any time spent as an active Travelteer is needed and valuable to each organization who require volunteers, so they can further make an impact on the area.
Whether you are planning a vacation trip for a day, a week, or a month - booking a few shifts in various charities can help make an impact on the community and give much need time and care to a cause. The best part - you can Travelteer around your vacation schedule, so you can see the sites on top of giving back to the community.
New to volunteering
If you are new to volunteering, but are interested in Travelteer, we want to encourage you to experience the rewarding impact that voluntourism can have on the community and yourself.
Studies have shown that “volunteering leads to better health” and that “those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those that do not volunteer.” Being surrounded by positive, like-minded people, and getting a chance to give back, truly returns to you in health and happiness as you further your impact as a Travelteer. On my Travelteer trip, I found that the positivity gained through the volunteering was contagious and seeped into the experience of going out and exploring each unique city and culture.
Travelteer was formed as a 501c3 non-profit to be transparent in its mission to connect organizations with a new kind of volunteer, one who want to see North America and give back to it too. Travelteer exists to make it easy to book a volunteering vacation, creating an itinerary around your travel schedule and offering a rewarding cultural experience for each destination you venture to that connects tourism with the community in a fun, enriching way.