With strong participation in voluntourism in recent years, more companies are offering travelers ways to do good while seeing the world.

According to Tourism Cares’ “Good Travels” report last fall, 55% of leisure travelers did some form of volunteering or giving during trips over the last two years. Of self-identified givers, 64% spent time volunteering in their destinations, and the same percentage reported high trip satisfaction based in part on their charitable engagement.

Now, The Travel Corporation (TTC) and seven of its brands are adding service-focused options for travelers through a partnership with Me to We, a tour operator specializing in volunteer travel.

The Travel Corporation, its nonprofit TreadRight Foundation and TTC brands Trafalgar, Contiki Holidays, Insight Vacations, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Lion World Travel, African Travel and Adventure World will collaborate with Me to We to offer the company’s service- and culture-oriented trips to Kenya, India and Ecuador as extensions on tours or river cruises.

Me to We welcomes visitors of all ages to participate in sustainable development projects through affiliated organization We Charity. Guests on Me to We scheduled departures or custom trips stay in high-end lodges owned and operated by the company, and split their time between volunteer work on projects like constructing a school and cultural-immersion activities like learning beading in Kenya or attending a Bollywood-style dance class in India.

Through the new partnership, guests can follow up a Uniworld river cruise on the Ganges with a Me to We voluntourism experience in rural Rajasthan or extend a Lion World Travel Kenyan safari by working alongside Me to We to build a health center.

TTC isn’t the only major group expanding into voluntourism through Me to We. In April, Classic Vacations announced its own partnership with Me to We through the new Classic Connections program, which taps outside companies to broaden the product available to agents.

“When you take a Me to We trip, you not only work in partnership with local community members, you also immerse yourself in a new culture, foster genuine connections and see the world through a new lens,” said Me to We CEO Roxanne Joyal. “It’s travel with a purpose.”


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