Buy an eco-friendly yoga mat made from natural fibre materials such as hemp, organic cotton, biodegradable rubber and look for PVC-free labels. Get that extra support with yoga straps made from organic cotton instead of traditional cotton.
Natural breathable textiles like organic cotton and bamboo are soft and light, draw moisture away from your body, and are more sustainable than synthetics. Bamboo also has natural antibacterial properties.
Ask yourself if you are right for voluntourism. Are you bringing your best attitude and skills forward? Can you offer patience and understanding to others? Are you willing to help shape an experience that will be memorable for yourself and others?
Set goals, not expectations. You can take better control of your journey and enjoy it more by setting personal goals and objectives that you can fulfill.
Know yourself. Are you interested in engaging with others more or accomplishing a certain task? Voluntourism could range from working with village cooperatives to cleaning up natural disasters to constructing a bridge. Find out what you really...
Clearly define your purpose to participate in a voluntourism trip. Is it to fulfill your dream? Is it to express your personal values? Is there a particular subject you are interested in learning more about?
Travelling long distances by taking a train instead of a plane to cut down on CO2 produced. You can even save time without having to check in hours before departure.
Don't buy animal products when travelling to discourage people from hunting endangered or threatened species.
Stay on marked trails to minimize impact on local flora and fauna when hiking as local environments may be sensitive ecosystems.
Make sure you don't damage historic sites by staying within designated areas during your travels.
Bring your own toiletries and cups rather than using the pre-packaged ones provided by the hotel. If you do use the hotel's toiletries, take the unused portions with you for the rest of your trip or bring them home.
Opt for the train for short trips. The carbon footprint per passenger mile for short-haul flights is up to 25% larger than for long-haul flights with proportionally more fuel used for take-off.

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