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Hidden Gems: Turks & Caicos, Voluntourism

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You might not expect to do more than lounge on the beach on a Caribbean vacation, but if you’re looking to make your experience both memorable and meaningful then voluntourism is right for you.

One way to give back to spend a day helping to clean up a local school. In 2008, Hurricane Ike badly damaged South Caicos and the island’s schools. You can now help rebuild the structure, while also learning about the lives of elementary and high schools students who take part in the program.

Or if you’re an animal lover, you can hang out with local island dogs. In Turks & Caicos, stray dogs are known as potcakes and an organization called Potcake Place adopts out 500 to 600 dogs a year to the U.S. Start by borrowing a dog for a beach outing, and soon the beach outing may become a plane outing.

Watch as Peter shows you how to give back and get even more back in return on the last installment of Hidden Gems: Turks & Caicos.

Watch part one,  Hidden Gems: Turks & Caicos, Naturally Beautiful, and part two Hidden Gems: Turks & Caicos, Conch and Cuisine. Then check back next Friday for a whole new Hidden Gems adventure.

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