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Around GEORGIA

By Carolyn Crist

Travel with a twist

V

JAY DEMENT

olunteer tourism-also called "voluntourism"-has
emerged as a trend in recent years as a way of "doing
good" while traveling. While on trips abroad or in other
cities, people give back during part of their travels and see the
sights at night or during "off" time.
Although voluntourism has received some criticism, particularly for short-term international trips that sometimes leave
low-income neighborhoods hanging after volunteers leave,
several Georgia programs benefit from-and even thrive with-
these types of volunteers.
Habitat for Humanity, founded and based in Georgia,
first came from this idea of voluntourism, in a sense. Habitat's
founders, Millard and Linda Fuller, were working on Koino-

From left, Robert Collins, David Stelts, David Groves and Pat Stelts volunteer with
the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club to clear portions of the trail.

TERRI BLINCOE

Voluntourism offers opportunity
to give a little, stay a little

Home-schooled students Isabella Trotter, foreground,
and Robby Patchen learn to take care of the crops at
Ladybug Farms in Clayton during the Adult and Family
Farm Camps in September.

nia Farm, a community farm near Americus, in
the 1970s when they were inspired to adapt the
community-participation model into "partnership
housing." By working with volunteers, those in need
of adequate housing could build affordable homes,
they reasoned.
They built the first partnership home in Southern Georgia, took the concept to Zaire (now the
Democratic Republic of Congo) and then returned to
the United States to create Habitat in 1976. Now the
organization has a presence in all 50 states and more
than 70 countries.
Related to voluntourism, one of Habitat's major
programs is RV Care-A-Vanners, through which volunteers can travel in their vehicles to building sites
across the nation. Whether travelers live on the road
full time or want to squeeze in some volunteer work
during a short-term adventure, Habitat invites them
to meet and work with families who are building
homes.
"It's fun to go out and see the area but also
contribute value to the area as well," says Ryan
Willoughby, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Georgia. As the Habitat brochure phrases
it, "If you spend a lot of time on the road, you likely
consider anyone you meet to be a neighbor."
Some RV Care-A-Vanners become part of the
organization's Disaster Corps to help communities
recover after disasters, and others train to be master
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