SOCIAL IMPACT TRAVEL IS AN INCLUSIVE TYPE OF TRAVEL AND VOLUNTEER TOURISM THAT HELPS SUSTAIN LOCAL COMMUNITIES, THEIR PEOPLE, AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT. These humanitarian vacations can support everything from helping young girls to stay in school, to empowering small business, to improving local animal life, to simply taking a local-led hike that presents their community to you. The key with volunteer tourism is to provide service and make a lasting impact that is present long after you’ve left.

In some cases, voluntourism has had a negative reaction in host communities, so it’s important to find vetted organizations that respect them. Our agents have close ties with these organizations and have been part of their own social impact travel immersions, so we can talk knowledgeably with you about sustainable tourism programs and volunteer vacations that offer the greatest impact.

A half-day makes a huge difference

The conscious consumer can create a full volunteer vacation around social impact, but many highly rated social impact organizations believe that even adding just one half-day to any vacation can provide benefit to the community. Let’s discuss how you can give back on your next vacation.

LUDES, FRANCE / SEBASTIEN
LUDES, FRANCE / SEBASTIEN

Sustainable tourism

Sustainable tourism is defined as “tourism that respects both local people and the traveler, cultural heritage, and the environment.” It allows you to experience an exciting and educational volunteer vacation that is also a benefit to the people of the host country. It’s time to make sustainable tourism part of your vernacular, and we’re here to help.

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ALEXANDR PODVALNY
ALEXANDR PODVALNY

Humanitarian vacations

Humanitarian vacations promote human welfare and improve conditions for some of the world’s most in-need communities. Humanitarian work plays a powerful role in building stronger communities, and when long-term change is the focus, you can directly impact the quality of life within marginalized communities.

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Community-based tourism

This is volunteer tourism whereby local residents invite tourists to visit their communities and provide overnight accommodation. Community-based tourism enables you to discover local habitats and wildlife, while respecting traditional cultures. It’s an intimate experience you’re not likely to access otherwise.

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58 Stars gives back

We believe in the power of social impact travel and put an emphasis on giving back to local communities and people. We work with some of the best social impact groups to deliver on this promise, and we’re dedicated to arranging these humanitarian vacations and volunteer tourism that only positively impact the local communities. Our team dedicates hours and dollars each year to benefiting these local communities and trying to raise awareness. It’s our passion and continued pledge.