What is “Voluntourism?”
Volunteer Opportunities in Destin
Have you heard of voluntourism? Voluntourism is big right now, with travelers all over looking for ways they can donate their time on vacation and give back to the places they love to go. Destin is no stranger to voluntourism opportunities either – from public arts foundations to waterway cleanups and so much more, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities in Destin! Read on below for a few of our favorites and find out how you too can volunteer in Destin, whether you are a local or here on vacation.
- Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance – Help keep Choctawhatchee Bay beautiful! The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance promotes swimmable, fishable waterways in the community through monitoring, education, and research. Volunteers have the chance to harvest oysters, monitor water quality, create reef breakwaters, and more. And, coming later this year, you can even partake in their bird-watching initiative to look out for native Emerald Coast birds!
- Emerald Coast Science Center – In the Fort Walton Beach area, just a short drive from Destin, the Emerald Coast Science Center is a great way to get your kids involved with hands-on science, learning, and more. The promote STEM education and public outreach all across Okaloosa County, so if you love learning and science, this is the one for you!
- Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation – Add a little extra color to your vacation with the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation. Known for their cultural events and educational outreach programs for children, you’ll love the chance to volunteer at one of the many events or serve as an artist mentor to a young, creative mind. This is truly one of our favorite volunteer opportunities in Destin!
- Alaqua Animal Refuge – While not in Destin, the Alaqua Animal Refuge is a great place to volunteer if you love animals and are looking to spend some time with some sweet furry faces. They believe that every abused, neglected, and homeless animal deserves a second chance by providing them with protection, shelter, and care. You can work closely with the animals, volunteer at an event, or assist other volunteers with office work.