Stay at incredible eco lodges and support local communities with hands-on volunteering.
Elevate Destinations is an award-winning company for travelers looking to combine a luxury vacation with hands-on volunteer opportunities. We specialize in designing trips for travelers of all ages, with a focus on community interaction and experiential learning.
Elevate Destinations has fostered deep partnerships with hand-selected non-profits at the ground level all over the world. Together, we have a finger on the pulse of local communities and environs. We understand specific needs and challenges. We get doers like you involved effectively.
Your volunteer vacation will be tailored to your own values, skills, and time frame. Most volunteer experiences last anywhere from a day to a week or more. Whether you’re traveling solo, as a family, or as an organized group, we can customize a service-oriented trip – or simply add a volunteer stint to round out any travel adventure.
Volunteer travel is where adventure and kindness intersect. The experience has staying power long after you return home. Many Elevate volunteers keep in touch with their host communities and even make return trips to visit.
We’re full of ideas! Browse our favorites volunteer vacations below and get in touch with a specialist.
Some of our favorite volunteer vacations:
Get off the beaten path, explore, volunteer and connect!
Delve into Costa Rica’s national parks and wildlife – designed especially for families with kids.
Get hands-on with conservation and have the time of your life in the process.
Jungles, farm communities, wildlife rescue, and beach fun as a family.
From the Andes to the rainforests, travel through the incredible diversity of Ecuador.
Ecuador’s mountains by horseback and Amazon village experience, with a Red Cross service component.
See the highlights of Ecuador and be welcomed into the homes of indigenous communities.
Come explore the Ecuadorian Amazon with our partner, the Runa Foundation!
Build schools for youth and visit Guatemala’s best-loved lake and colonial city.
A chance to partake in up-close encounters and conservation efforts of the beloved African elephant.
Volunteer with the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust in Southern Kenya, then enjoy a luxury eco safari.
Lend a hand and sample Kenyan local life before a conservation-driven safari.
Named one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime for 2015!
Experience Baja California, and help to conserve gray whales and endangered sea turtles.
Explore Myanmar in all its golden-spire splendor!
Make a hands-on difference to conserve the desert elephant population.
Explore the best of Nicaragua’s cultural and natural highlights on this unique Surf and Serve Adventure.
This trip combines the best of this lush country, including beautiful islands, private beaches, and jungles.
Combine conservation of Amazon wildlife with an exploration of sacred Incan sites.
Experience Peru on a personal level – live and work in a traditional village and explore the Sacred Valley.
Enjoy a customized journey full of adventure, learning, cultural immersion and service work!
Volunteer and share your skills, while exploring the classic sights of Peru.
This incredible itinerary is bursting with once in a lifetime experiences — volunteer with Rwandan children and track silverback gorillas.
Enjoy the best of South Africa, from stunning vistas to conservation projects and Kruger National Park.
Contribute to long-term conservation of elephants and visit the stunning wilderness of Ruaha National Park.
Spend your vacation giving back to others in Tanzania. One of our most popular trips — great for all ages!
Travel through Central Thailand and volunteer to protect local animals in need.
A honeymoon with a lot of heart. Beyond the classic highlights, spend two days nurturing elephants.
Experience the culture of North Vietnam firsthand, as you live with locals and volunteer in a school.