We are two weeks into this new year (and decade!) and The Traveling Volunteer continues to grow. We have several goals this year. One, in particular, is to increase engagement with the variety of people segments actively involved in a traveling to volunteer experience. Namely – the volunteer traveler, the community member, the nonprofit leader, the tourism representative, and you, the reader, who may or may not fill one of these roles. Because, regardless of any group titles…

You are part of the global community.

How will engagement be increased you ask? Through social media platform posts, the #iamthiscommunity challenge, group meetings, research (interviews and surveys), and other innovative ways yet to be revealed, all with the intention of connecting traveling volunteer people groups with each other.

But our reach has changed.

To strengthen our mission of engaging people within the traveling to volunteer space, we have decided to narrow our focus on very short term volunteering opportunities in USA and Canada. By short term, we mean between 2 – 5 hours of deep, impactful volunteering. We found that trying to reach a very large global audience did not give us the deeper impact we wanted that could otherwise be gained in a smaller geographical region. But wait –

If you are not from USA or Canada – this still includes you!

If you plan on traveling to, or traveling within, the USA or Canada, The Traveling Volunteer aims to be your intermediary by offering you short-term volunteering opportunities while at your US or Canadian destination. We strongly believe the connection developed through traveling to volunteer experiences is life-changing. To do this, we trust we will have a greater global impact because we have specialised our reach on a smaller scale. Having said this, if you do not plan on traveling to volunteer in USA or Canada, we have a special projects team worldwide. It is through them, we will continue to curate and offer potential short term volunteering opportunities as the need arises.

To start, we will be offering our volunteering opportunities on this website.

While we have plans to grow and partner with larger booking sites, at the moment, we will be using The Traveling Volunteer website to feature short term volunteering opportunities in specific USA markets. We will be testing these opportunities in the next few months, and letting you know how you can participate and book any of them.

We are excited for the year ahead and look forward to engaging with you through events, social media outlets and more! We are working hard to provide you with volunteering opportunities for you to deeply connect with, and make a difference in, a community you visit. We believe through a traveling to volunteer experience, all participants can say #iamthiscommunity because of the connection they have made to this place.

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