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20 amazing experiences you should have on your trip to South Africa

20 " must-do" experiences in South Africa

Get close to nature on safari

Get close to nature on safari

Explore beautiful Cape Town. Photo credit: Dana Allen on 500px.com

Explore beautiful Cape Town. Photo credit: Dana Allen on 500px.com

Improve a child's life by volunteering on Cape Town

Improve a child’s life by volunteering on Cape Town

Look out for unexpected traffic. Photo credit: Mario Moreno

Look out for unexpected traffic. Photo credit: Mario Moreno

See the clouds tumble off Table Mountain, Cape Town. Photo credit: Hougaard Malan on 500px.com

See the clouds tumble off Table Mountain, Cape Town. Photo credit: Hougaard Malan on 500px.com

Stay at a luxurious eco-lodge

Stay at a luxurious eco-lodge

Visit the penguins on Boulders Beach, Photo credit: Ravi S R

Visit the penguins on Boulders Beach, Photo credit: Ravi S R

Enjoy the spectacular coastline of the Garden Route, Photo credit: Jurjen Harmsma on 500px.com

Enjoy the spectacular coastline of the Garden Route, Photo credit: Jurjen Harmsma on 500px.com

Explore the Drakensberg mountains, Photo credit: Michael Poliza on 500px.com

Explore the Drakensberg mountains, Photo credit: Michael Poliza on 500px.com

Go cage diving with great whites, Picture credit: Alexander Safonov on 500px

Go cage diving with great whites, Picture credit: Alexander Safonov on 500px.com

Watch the whales migrate, Picture credit: Alexander Savanof on 500px.com

Watch the whales migrate, Picture credit: Alexander Safanov on 500px.com

Taste magnificent wines, Stellenbosch. Photo credit: William on 500px.com

Taste magnificent wines, Stellenbosch. Photo credit: William on 500px.com

Follow in the footsteps of early explorers, Cape of Good Hope. Photo credit: Ravi S R on 500px.com

Follow in the footsteps of early explorers, Cape of Good Hope. Photo credit: Ravi S R on 500px.com

Get up early for a game drive... it is very worth it

Get up early for a safari… it is very worth it. Try a walking safari if you want to add a little excitement

Immerse yourself in the colorful culture whilst giving back to the community

Immerse yourself in the colorful culture whilst giving back to the community

Safari some more ... trust me you won't get tired of it

Safari some more … trust me you won’t get tired of it

Sip wine as you watch the sun set in the vast African sky

Sip wine as you watch the sun set in the vast African sky

Enjoy the colorfu surfers huts, in Muizenberg

Enjoy the colorfu surfers huts, in Muizenberg

Test out your surf skills. Photo credit: Lauren Rautenbach on 500px.com

Test out your surf skills. Photo credit: Lauren Rautenbach on 500px.com

Find unusual handcrafted memories. Photo credit: Lauren Rautenbach on 500px.com

Find unusual handcrafted memories. Photo credit: Lauren Rautenbach on 500px.com

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Physical voluntourism

Active voluntourism

Active voluntourism


Most of us will be observing our New Year’s resolutions of healthier living, whether it’s a new diet or more exercise. If, however, you’re already in fine shape, then you could be interested in a stint of voluntourism that requires just that bit more in the way of activity. As well as being able to search our website by destination and type of project, you can also search by activity level – just click on the ‘More Search Options’ link underneath the basic search engine. We’re happy to get you out of breath if you like to get your pulse racing!

Voluntourism in Europe

Voluntourism in Slovakia

Voluntourism in Slovakia

If the thought of travelling out to remote destinations or far-flung countries doesn’t really appeal to you, it’s always worth remembering that it’s also possible to get a taste of voluntourism within Europe. We currently run two fascinating European programmes, in the eastern states of Romania and Slovakia. Our Romanian programme involves you in renovation projects, helping elderly citizens, while the Slovakian trip helps with efforts to conserve endangered bears. Both are fascinating insights into the local cultures, full of history and with stunning scenery to explore. Find out more on the voluntourism website.

Voluntourism in Belize

Voluntourism in Belize

Voluntourism in Belize

Belize is one of our lesser-known destinations, a small monarchy in the north of Central America. Our Building Up Belize tour focuses on natural conservation and sustainable agriculture projects.

Interesting to note that the UN Foundation has just officially listed the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System as “World Heritage in Danger” due to unsustainable tourism activity.

The UN is rising to the challenges of conservation, and you, too can help make a difference to the very communities that this marine system supports.

Holiday season inspiration

So who’s tired of all the Christmas music and relentless advertising?
And we’re only a short time into December!
But don’t get too downhearted. The holiday season can be an inspirational time, especially when it comes to planning your voluntourism adventure with us.
Take a virtual wander over to our website, where we’ve rounded up the best of the

Brazil voluntourism

Brazil voluntourism for families

holiday season trip ideas!

Voluntourism for all comers

There are, as they say, different strokes for different folks. Some people like to travel to get back to basics, to shrug off the trappings of a relatively privileged lifestyle and experience something closer to nature. It’s equally valid to expect a luxury hotel and all the escapism it offers. Similarly, some people like stepping up their activity levels – working hard and hiking around – while some people are happier with a more sedate, gentle time of it. Luckily, Hands Up Holidays have an easy-to-use chart that tells you the comfort and activity levels you can expect on each trip. Just another way to help you to choose the one that’s right for you.

Machu Picchu on the endangered list

One of the world’s best loved sites, the incredible Incan village of Machu Picchu, was rediscovered 100 years ago this year. Around 1,800 visitors pass through the ruins every day, and as you can imagine, this places some strain on the maintenance and preservation of the site.

Voluntourism in Peru

Visit Machu Picchu as part of a voluntourism adventure

According to Ethical Traveler, UNESCO is considering adding Machu Picchu to its endangered list, such is the toll of deforestation and uncontrolled development. Unsuitable sewerage systems and local inflation are also a cause for concern. Peruvian authorities are issuing decrees, though, looking to keep the site accessible and at the same time funnel revenue directly into the preservation of what is one of the world’s great wonders.

Another way of seeing Peru and the Incan’s legacy is to look at responsible, sustainable voluntourism – check out the Incas and Amazons tour on the Hands Up Holidays website.