Discover Corps trips are spontaneous and stimulating, igniting unforgettable experiences for our travelers. The best travel stories can’t happen on a giant tour bus or while following a flag — they come through everyday interactions with other people.
Whether you’re volunteering, sightseeing, or just relaxing, the people you meet will stimulate your mind and recharge your spirit.
Traveling with Discover Corps entails going beyond the norms of typical trip itineraries. You’ll live in a community and experience it alongside our Program Hosts, who are residents of that country.
While you’re discovering your destination, you’ll learn about its people and form lifelong friendships. Our on-the-ground staff will immerse you into a schedule of meaningful volunteerism, cultural workshops, scenic sightseeing, and shared meals and ideas with interesting local people.
Travel has the potential to make the world a better place. For travelers, connecting with people of another culture is a powerful way to remind us of our shared humanity while breaking down stereotypes and preconceived ideas.
The power of travel can also benefit communities — if managed responsibly. The unique Discover Corps model of travel springs from our personal commitment to preserving the character of a place: its culture, environment, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.
We take pride in the fact that we create well-paying jobs for our staff, infuse money into community-based groups, invest resources into meaningful volunteer projects, and honor the diversity of a place with our thought-provoking and flexible itineraries. Our “no tipping” and “no commissions” policy ensure that our staff provide you the best experience — instead of serving up a touristy experience.
When you travel with Discover Corps, practically everything in-country is included. There are no extra fees or hidden charges – just peace of mind.
From the moment you register with Discover Corps, we are happily at your side to provide full support and service as you prepare to travel. We allow you to book your own flight so you can find the best rate or use frequent flyer miles. Our US-based staff can also guide you through the process of obtaining your passport and visa, if required. We’ll give you access to our online travel portal that contains packing lists, recommended reading, and information about electrical outlets, cell phones, and much more.
Once you’ve arrived in your destination, rest assured that all your meals (unless specifically noted in the itinerary), lodging, entrance fees, and transportation are handled by your Discover Corps hosts.
Turnkey Customer Service
Volunteer travel can be the experience of a lifetime. How you spend your time discovering another country should be one of authenticity, immersion, and exploration. Though Discover Corps allows you to choose where — you can leave the how to us.
From the moment you register with Discover Corps, our US-based team of Travel Specialists are happily at your side to provide full support and service as you prepare to travel. Besides our staff members, you will also have access to our online travel portal that contains packing lists, recommended reading, and information about tax deductibility of volunteer vacations, electrical outlets, cell phones, and much more.
Working side-by-side with locals in a new country allows you to connect directly and intimately with your destination. Developing true bonds with other people is what makes a service expedition incomparable and unforgettable.
Our residents are experts in the country and local community because they’re year-round dwellers there. Their familiarity and expertise will allow you unparalleled access to the people and spirit of your destination.
A (Not-so-Typical) Typical Day
Each day, you can expect the unexpected; in a new country, your days are destined for spontaneity and adventure. You can count on enjoying the planned portions of your itinerary, which include daily volunteer activities, sightseeing expeditions, guest lectures, and engaging evening dinners. Your weekends feature a change of scenery, with overnight excursions to other towns so you can experience more of the country you’ve chosen to explore.
Pace and physical activity level vary from expedition to expedition to accommodate our travelers’ wide range of interests and preferences.