The word “Voluntourism” is gaining popularity amongst modern travelers. Voluntourism or voluntary-based vacations combine travel with education, worthy causes, and community involvement. To name some of the most popular types of volunteering are humanitarian work, wildlife conservation, and disaster relief. When planning a voluntourism, Florida makes an ideal spot. The Sunshine State has got hundreds of opportunities for volunteer-based vacations. Here’s how to plan a volunteer vacation to Florida.
The Key West Botanical Garden Society has protecting trees and plants since 1989. It is the “keeper of the trees”. The Society further preserves, maintains, expands, and develops the historic Botanical Garden as a wildlife refuge, botanical garden, education center, and arboretum. The garden has trees native to the Florida Keys, the Caribbean, and Cuba. It also emphasizes the cultivation of endangered species of the Florida Keys.
Popularly known as REEF, the Reef Environment Education Foundation was founded in 1990 to conserve marine environments worldwide. It provides the scuba divers a way to contribute to the protection of the marine population. The mission of the REEF is to preserve and protect ocean life and biodiversity by inspiring and actively engaging the public through education, citizen science, and partnerships.
You can join Feeding South Florida as they are always in need of volunteers to help in inspecting and sorting foods and ensuring it is safe for consumption.
This is what South Florida Wildlife Center has to say, “Volunteers and interns/externs play a critical role at SFWC by expanding our ability to rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife. In 2017, our volunteers donated over 11,000 hours of service and helped us care for more than 12,000 animals. In addition, our intern/extern program helps educate the next generation of wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians, biologists and other science-related professionals.”
Founded in 1964, Florida Oceanographic Society showcases tremendous contribution to protect the coastal ecosystems through research and education. It allows volunteers to visit the Coastal Center and join their mission to become a member. Dedicated, passionate, and enthusiastic people are encouraged to join the organization.
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