Volunteering has not only been a great way to give back but it also remains a great way to experience a new place, and learn new things along the way. Volunteering is essentially a win-win opportunity. You expose yourself to a new destination and culture while helping the community at the same time.
One good example: the Surfrider Foundation, which has volunteer opportunities all over the world. Check out the program below and remember to tune in to Peter Greenberg Worldwide this weekend for more information. Plus, don’t forget to check out our archive for all kinds of voluntourism opportunities.
The Monterey Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is completely run by volunteers. This chapter is responsible for maintaining the landscape, keeping beaches clean and keeping the roads of Monterey clean. This preservation of the landscape is directly due to the efforts of volunteers. It’s all about being one of the “road warriors.”
For example, once a month, the volunteer Road Warriors are put to work on California’s legendary Highway 1. They help stop flyaway debris from entering the waterways and clean up Highway 1. The highway cleanup takes place on the first Saturday of every month from 11am to 2pm and for individuals over 16 years old. There are also a number of beach clean up initiatives.
Then there are the beach clean up initiatives..you get to help, and the views in Monterey aren’t bad either. The Surfrider Foundation provides trash bags, sanitizer and other supplies. Beach clean up and Road Warriors are just two options of the many opportunities that his organization has to offer. To learn more click here: http://surfridermonterey.
Want to discover more great voluntourism opportunities? Check out:
- Uncover American History near Williamsburg, Virginia
- Volunteer to Help Nature Preserves in Palos Verdes, CA
- Discover American History in the Santa Ynez Valley
By Kandice Martellaro for PeterGreenberg.com