Deals and News for the Week of May 10, 2009

8 Great Voluntourism Locations

1. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa has launched an innovative program to "Enrich" guests’ vacation experience. So, now when you visit this beautiful hotel you can you experience Poipu’s majestic Keoneloa Bay, a water playground with a river pool, waterfalls and a 150-foot water slide, a saltwater lagoon and have the opportunity to enhance your vacation by giving back to the island community in meaningful ways. By partnering with four diverse non-profit organizations on Kauai guests may choose to spend all or part of a day with to learn and grow with the following options:

  • Choose to put your skills and experience to work at the National Tropical Botanical Garden by assisting with general gardening, propagation, arts and crafts or other tasks. This work continues to perpetuate the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge.
  • If hiking, forestry and a love of the great outdoors is a passion, Hui o Laka, in Koke`e State Park, is the place to go. This culturally based volunteer program provides the opportunity for hands-on forest restoration work to restore areas impacted by overuse or invasive species, thereby contributing to the preservation of Koke`e, a place rich with natural diversity.
  • Animal lovers will enjoy helping the Kauai Humane Society to ensure compassionate care for all of Kauai’s animals. Volunteers may simply give the animals much needed love and attention, making them more adoptable, or delve deeper into the work of the Humane Society.
  • Surfrider Foundation works to protect and improve the ocean, waves and beaches through conservation, activism, research and education. Monthly beach clean-ups are scheduled around the island. At these events guests may learn more about ocean conditions, and the coastal flora and fauna.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact 1-800-55-HYATT or grandhyattkauai.com.