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Cultural Restoration Tourism Project


The mission of the Cultural Restoration Tourism Project (CRTP) is to help communities around the world restore artifacts of cultural importance and to promote responsible tourism through the advancement and use of volunteer tourism.

There is growing concern over the destruction of cultural heritage around the world and also about the possible negative affects of tourism in developing countries.  CRTP actively addresses these two major global issues with an innovative approach to both.  Around the world communities are losing precious relics and cultural identity.  To compound this situation, modern tourism often exploits these areas.  Tourism is the largest industry in the world, yet seldom, if ever, is it used in a constructive manner. According to the World Tourism Organization less than ten percent of all tourist dollars make it into the hands of local communities.

CRTP addresses both problems with innovative programs like our ongoing project in Nepal.  CRTP is currently enacting the restoration of a Buddhist monastery in the Lower Mustang Region of Nepal.  The Chiarro Gompa restoration is carried out utilizing labor and funds donated by volunteer tourists. The number of potential restoration projects around the world is virtually limitless and the number of tourists available to participate continually grows. 

By inviting volunteer tourists to participate in these community restorations we bridge cultural gaps.  This allows for a deeper understanding of a culture from both sides.

Cultural Restoration Tourism Project


Various Locations Worldwide

The Planeterra Foundation is a non-profit organization with a long history of supporting sustainable community development through travel and voluntourism. By getting to know local people in the communities we visit, they are able to help identify individual needs and act quickly to meet them.

Their range of approximately 30 projects worldwide, providing water tanks to families in Kenya to a women's weaving co-operative in Peru, offer travelers with a few hours, a few days, or a few dollars to spare, a unique opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people and communities around the world.
Make a positive difference in the lives of others by volunteering your time and energy to one of our many projects around the world as part of your dream adventure.

Their Voluntours provide travellers with an opportunity to give back while spending time with one of their Planeterra Community Projects.  From helping protect endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica, to lending a hand at a pre-school in South Africa, you will be making a real difference in the lives of local people. No skills are required, just a desire to lend a hand, and learn more about what life is like in communities around the world.

Global Service Corps   

Global Service Corps (GSC) is a nonprofit international volunteer organization providing service-learning opportunities for people worldwide to live and work abroad in Thailand and Tanzania. Programs are offered year-round from two weeks to six months. Enjoy a true cultural immersion by staying in a homestay with local families, while working hand-in-hand with local counterparts. Personalized service-learning programs, including HIV/AIDS Prevention, Sustainable Agriculture, Healthcare, English Instruction, Buddhist Immersion, and the Seeds of Sustenance Fellowship, begin with in-depth training sessions, and provide rewarding hands-on challenges for volunteers. As an accredited NGO with a complete in-country staff, Global Service Corps has become an established part of each community it serves, and tailors its development programs to offer the most benefit to the community, while providing an unforgettable experience for its volunteers. Volunteers with limited schedules can participate in a two-week introduction to service-learning in both Thailand and Tanzania. The two-week programs often seem to fly by, but offer great exposure to international development in a short span of time. In Tanzania, two-week programs include an orientation followed by a week of project work in HIV/AIDS prevention or two weeks of orientation and training in Sustainable Agriculture. Two week programs in Thailand offer projects in Education, Health Care, and Buddhist Immersion.

Global Service Corps  
Global Services Corps Travel Website  
415-788-3666 x128

Wild Dolphin Foundation   

Ready to make some waves? Are you a self starter, able to work both independently and as a team? Live on O`ahu, or have a place to stay and transportation? The Wild Dolphin Foundation's boat and land-based volunteer opportunities are open to a wide variety of participants who feel conservation and environmental protection of dolphins, whales, turtles, coral reefs and ocean habitats may be part of their life mission.

Desired skills include ability to work in a conscientious, responsible and reliable manner, enthusiasm, interest in wildlife and conservation, background in biology helpful- particularly marine biology/environmental science, enjoy working with the public, good verbal and written communication skills, and literate in computer skills. All volunteers must be self-directed and self-motivated, willing to work both alone and within a team, and have the ability to follow printed directions.

Wild Dolphin Foundation   
Wild Dolphin Foundation Travel Website  
(808) 306-3968

Volunteer in Jamaica   

Assist with community development projects in the fabled Blue Mountains. See your efforts transform a village! As the birthplace of Global Volunteers' service programs, Jamaica's mountain villages have welcomed us for over two decades. Volunteers have helped in many ways: building footbridges, painting classrooms and community centers, and occasionally by performing dental extractions, well-baby exams, and outreach to home-bound seniors. We invite you to serve this economically poor, isolated area. You'll find the tropical vistas of the travel brochures, certainly. But more, you'll discover resilient villagers who'll captivate you with their optimistic outlook and surprising resourcefulness. Discover the REAL Jamaica in her people   

Global Volunteers   
Global Volunteers Travel Website  

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