4 Hotels With an Edge On "Voluntourism"
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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 )
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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 )
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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 )
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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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