Destin-Nation USA: Voluntouring America



America is blessed with such an incredible diversity of cities that travelers sometimes fall into the trap of taking towns at face value – seeing only the museums and sites along the most well-worn tourist trails. Aside from offering a chance to give back, voluntourism presents service-minded travelers with an opportunity to really get to know a town, to move past talking about the weather and have an earnest heart to heart.

On July 4, U.S. citizens all over the world celebrated their country's past. Collective nostalgia is wonderful (though hangovers aren't), but the stormy present will not be ignored. Thanks to the economic crisis, many communities across America are struggling. Thanks to the founding fathers, many people are in a position to help.

Helping, it should be noted, doesn't require sacrificing the fun of travel. To the contrary, a traveler busy getting his hands dirty is a traveler without a hand free to check his Blackberry. Volunteering also offers the opportunity to meet new people from all walks of life. What is endlessly astounding about the U.S. is not its scope, but the diversity of the people that live between the shining seas.

There are countless worthy causes in every city in America, so what follows should only be considered suggestions oriented towards visitors to some of the country's more major cities.

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September 14 2011 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My preference in Voluntouring includes just about anything that seems abandoned, from a winter iced mountain
to dark heavily vandalised industrial sites. In April my DR650SE was offroad amid ridgeline snow; no other
tire tracks were present. Another haunt is a ruined all-concrete mill that crushed limestone, with 3 floors,
and it stands alone in rustic woodland overlooking mile long blue lake that has no other structures. Visit
the abandoned buildings of Detroit using Google images if you want to know more. Its called Ruin Porn.
When I find the like-minded we usually ignore each other. I don't Tweet.

July 12 2011 at 1:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tammy Lynne

Thank you!! Giving & Serving is the best gift to everyone ~

July 05 2011 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

just another scam to get people to work for free...

July 05 2011 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Selena Gomez

@HuffingtonPost Follow me on twitter please @SelenaGomezDiv1 I love you Guys ♥

July 05 2011 at 9:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply