A woman stands with her young son on the porch of a simple house painted a lively teal.

Coming Full-Circle: How Volunteer Vacations Impacted My Life

Good volunteer vacations give travelers the opportunity to insert themselves into the local reality and meet locals on their own terms. Moon author Amy E. Robertson shares her own personal experiences with volunteer vacations, from building homes in Honduras to monitoring political elections in Ecuador to volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in the United States.

A jaguar rests on the ground in its enclosure at the Belize Zoo.

Volunteer Opportunities in Belize

From conservation efforts to community outreach to opportunities to work with women and children, there are many opportunities for volunteering in Belize. Victoria Day-Wilson shares a sampling of a few well-known organizations.

Single, double, and triple-decked riverboats wait at port while the soft peach of sunrise glistens on the water.

Cruise the Amazon on a Riverboat Trip

An alternative to staying put in a jungle lodge is to choose a riverboat as your headquarters, which will allow you to cover far more territory. Michael Sommers shares the various options for cruising the Amazon, from luxury ships with plasma TVs and champagne to local boats that are geared more for transport than tourism.

A yellow macaw with brilliant blue wings perches under a thatched straw roof.

Types of Volunteer Opportunities

Embarking on a volunteer vacation gives you the opportunity to help those in need as well as explore new terrain. Author Amy E. Robertson outlines ideas for projects ranging from community development to wildlife protection. Learn more about the many options for your international volunteer experience.

An undeveloped golden sand beach with driftwood and palm trees on shore.

Why Volunteer During Your Vacation?

Travel becomes transformative when you share experiences and integrate with the people, culture, and environment of the place. Amy E. Robertson shares how volunteer vacations convert the tourist into the traveler, allowing you to experience a destination and connect with locals in a new way.

Moon Volunteer Vacations in Latin America

Moon Volunteer Vacations in Latin America is the ultimate guide to the best volunteer experiences available in Latin America. Seasoned volunteer Amy E. Robertson shares her own expertise while inspiring readers to choose the right volunteer placement for their specific interests. Broken into chapters based on destination, the book gives a comprehensive overview of the […]

A two-level river boat with a smaller boat alongside floats on glassy river water at the verdant shore.

From Manaus into the Amazon Rain Forest

From Manaus, you can get a taste of the rain forest with day trips, but a longer tour or excursion is better if you want to get away from civilization, experience “virgin” forest, and see some wildlife.