We collaborate with local community-based organizations to create hands-on projects and activities that impact the local people and wildlife in an authentic and inspiring way. Each trip differs in the amount of volunteering and workshops offered, so be sure to look at the “Volunteer Time” tab on each trip page in our catalog to get a full picture of what your purposeful project looks like.
Every Discover Corps itinerary is designed around a unique purpose that connects travelers to local communities in a meaningful way, and gives a deeper understanding of a unique and extraordinary part of the world. These projects range anywhere from two hours of volunteering at an animal refuge center in Japan, to 16 hours volunteering building bottle homes in the Dominican Republic.
The type of volunteering will depend on the type of trip:
- Nature & Wildlife Adventures. Join conservationists and researchers working to protect some of earth’s most beautiful and endangered species. Go behind the scenes and learn firsthand about their efforts. Whether releasing baby sea turtles into the ocean in Costa Rica or bathing elephants in their natural habitat in Thailand, you’ll experience intimate encounters with animals that you will never forget.
- Cultural Explorations. More than a vacation, these creatively-curated journeys embrace the customs and culture of vibrant communities located in some of the world’s most compelling regions. We partner with local nonprofits and families for purposeful projects, including volunteering at a local arts center for children in Cuba, a dyeing workshop with the women of Oaxaca, and more around the world.