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'Voluntourism' a growing travel trend

Shirley McMarlin
| Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, 2:21 p.m.
Voluntourism — travel that includes a voluntary work opportunity, typically for a charity — is a growing travel trend.
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Voluntourism — travel that includes a voluntary work opportunity, typically for a charity — is a growing travel trend.

Though it has its critics, so-called voluntourism — travel that includes a voluntary work opportunity, typically for a charity — is a growing travel trend.

The Carnival cruise line offered a short-lived series of social-impact cruises to Cuba and the Dominican Republic through its Fathom cruise line brand, but ceased those trips last year, although volunteer-based shore excursions from other ships reportedly will continue under the Fathom flag.

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Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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