It’s a win-win situation.
When you go on vacation, it makes you feel good. Likewise, when you help people or the planet, it makes you feel good. So you can just imagine how out-of-this-world fabulous you’ll feel when you combine your vacation with lending a helping hand!
Thanks to a new website, www.keysvoluntourism.com, it’s easy for you to connect and get involved with voluntourism opportunities on your Florida Keys vacation. The site provides direct links to Florida Keys charities, nonprofit organizations and foundations -- all dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of human and animal life -- that are seeking volunteers.
Organizations currently involved with the Keys voluntourism effort include:
- Reef Environmental Education Foundation
- Coral Restoration Foundation
- Pigeon Key
- Marathon Wild Bird Center
- Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
- Habitat For Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys
- Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
- Key West Wildlife Center
You might help build an underwater coral nursery, or you might plant corals on actual reefs. You might collect data on reef fish populations, assist with yard work or minor repairs at an outdoor tropical garden facility, or feed injured wild birds. You might help maintain trails, help with a fundraising events or something entirely different.
But one thing’s for sure. Whatever you end up doing to help is going to be good for the cause and good for your soul.
Insider’s tip: An ongoing calendar of events on the website is planned. Visitors interested in individual vacations or organizations creating group trips around specific voluntourism events are encouraged to check the website regularly for updates.