Bangkok, Thailand-based Six Senses Resorts & Spas, whose environmental mission is "To create innovative and enlightening experiences that rejuvenate our guests' love of SLOW LIFE," has two properties that have come up with a unique way for guests to give back while having a great time as well. For the next six months, guests at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Gili can stay for five nights free as long as their 10-day stay includes five paid nights. The catch? Guests must agree to spend five hours each day working on local community projects. The projects include marine conservation, teaching children, planting trees and learning how to turn waste into wealth.
Divers and snorkelers will be taught how to boost coral reef recovery, those interested in waste management will learn how to create home-made compost, arborist wannabes can plant trees five hours a day, guests can give a 30-minute talk at local schools or work with locals to produce cadjan roofing material, which is later sold to bring money into the community.
Six Senses Resorts & Spas is just one of many companies attempting to tap into the demand for "voluntourism" opportunities. It is a great way to attract new business and a great way to help the local community and environment as well. What types of voluntourism packages has your property created? I would love to learn about them. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org.