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Monday, May 11, 2009

Holidays with a Heart

The Getaway Holidays with a Heart special presents unique new travel options for enjoying a holiday while helping the people, places and wildlife who need it most.

Holidays with a Heart, at 7.30pm Thursday, May 14, showcases travel experiences around the world which allow visitors to leave behind something more than cash and gain a real insight into the communities they discover.

Holidays with a Heart focuses on "voluntourism", a worldwide trend that can take the form of fundraising to gain a tour ticket, helping the locals to learn a new skill, or caring for wildlife. This Getaway special has plenty to inspire the traveller who wants to do more than just visit a destination.

Jules Lund heads to India with i-to-i, a meaningful travel company offering volunteer projects in 24 countries. In Bangalore volunteers can assist at a number of community projects around the colorful city; working in schools that help underprivileged, handicapped and deaf children to build better lives. Placements range from two to 12 weeks.

In Brazil, Jason Dundas puts his creative skills to good use in the hillside favellas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro which are home to over a million of the country's poorest people. Volunteers can work here on anything from drug education and teaching English to simpler tasks such as brightening up buildings with a coat of paint. And at the famous Ipanema beach you can enjoy the great outdoors while teaching kids to surf.

Natalie Gruzlewski ventures to the Northern Territory with a group of young people who have raised funds for a chance to experience the beauty of the Top End and see the work being done by the Fred Hollows Foundation in remote indigenous communities.

Sorrel Wilby returns to Papua New Guinea and visits the Tufi Dive Resort where you can take in some of the best diving in the world and contribute to the local culture by donating a box of much needed supplies to a school.

Kelly Landry helps to rehabilitate Borneo's endangered orang-utans by building feeding platforms and teaching the young ones to forage for food, while Giaan Rooney cares for Thailand's elephants in the Chiang Mai Elephant Nature Park.

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