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4 Hotels With an Edge On "Voluntourism"
More and more hotels are helping guests plug into charitable projects during their stays.
The Good Hotel, San Francisco
THE GOOD HOTEL, SAN FRANCISCO
What you'll find: Chic and cheery, the Good Hotel has a clear eco-conscience: Key cards are made from recycled cardboard, chandeliers are fashioned from recycled glass bottles, and most of the 117 rooms have ultragreen toilets.

How you can volunteer: Just pick up the orange phone in the lobby to connect to the nonprofit One Brick, which matches visitors to short-term service gigs. You can roll up your sleeves for a few hours at the San Francisco Food Bank or join a day trip with wetlands conservation group Save the Bay, planting native seedlings along the shores of the Palo Alto Baylands.

What you'll spend: $99 per night on weekdays; $109 on weekends ( jdvhotels.com/hotels/good )

The Cotton Tree Lodge, Belize
COTTON TREE LODGE, SAN FELIPE, BELIZE
What you'll find: Located between two Mayan villages near the Moho River, the Cotton Tree Lodge consists of 11 primarily solar-powered cabanas surrounded by wild fig trees. You can try kayaking, horseback riding, and chocolate-making on the premises, and sample fresh fruits and vegetables from the on-site garden, which is run by the nonprofit Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) ( www.sustainableharvest.org ).

How you can volunteer: If you don't mind a little mud on your boots, join SHI for daylong projects in the surrounding villages, helping families plant vegetable gardens, build chicken coops, or construct eco-friendly wood-burning stoves.

What you'll spend: $109 to $259 per night ( CottonTreeLodge.com )

Hale Ho'okipa Inn, Maui, Hawaii
Hale Ho'okipa Inn, Maui, Hawaii
What you'll find: Owner Cherie Attix has restored a once-crumbling Craftsman-style bungalow (it dates from 1924) into a charming four-room B&B filled with local art and '20s-era antiques. The famed Ho'okipa windsurfing beach is only a 15-minute drive away.

How you can volunteer: Hale Ho'okipa partners with the Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership to replenish the vanishing dryland forests on the slopes of Haleakala mountain. You can get a rugged workout with the group as you hike the mountain, replanting native species.

What you'll spend: $125 to $185 per night ( Maui-Bed-and-Breakfast.com )

RockResorts
ROCKRESORTS: WYOMING, NEW MEXICO, ST. LUCIA, & SIX LOCATIONS IN COLORADO
What you'll find: RockResorts is devoted to down-to-earth comforts (think wooden four-poster beds and rustic detail) and to continuing the conservationist legacy of founder Laurance Rockefeller.

How you can volunteer: During the warmer months at U.S. locations, team up with U.S. Forest Service staffers and other agencies to clear local trails. A trailblazing session will save you up to 30 percent off one night's stay. In St. Lucia, help local farmers build fences and maintain gardens.

What you'll spend: Summer rates start at $139 ( RockResorts.com )

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