While volunteering in the Islands can be like working while on vacation, it really is the best way to meet and make friends with the residents and get a unique and authentic perspective on the real Hawaii.
Not only that, but after you are pau (finished), you will end up with a sense of accomplishment that will accompany you for the rest of your visit.
Alaska Airlines threw his hat into the voluntourism space by associating with travel2change, a Hawaii-based social and environmental impact nonprofit to help travelers participate in eco-friendly activities, such as yoga and beach clean-ups, and work in taro fields and help revive Hawaii’s native wetlands. The non-profit organization has been in operation since 2011, offering visitors the opportunity to malama (take care of) the local community.
“[T]ravel2change is an eco-friendly return model, focused on fun and impact, cultivating mutually beneficial and reciprocal relationships between the local community and guests, âMondy Jamshidi Kent of travel2change said in a press release . “Alaska [Airlines] shares our vision to innovate for a more sustainable world.
You can register for an activity through travel2change and Alaska Airlines here.
Last September, Alaska Airlines supported a joint effort by travel2change, the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association, and the Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA) to help Hawaiian nonprofits build their capacity to host experiences. volunteering on travel2change.org. This effort by Alaska Airlines to promote positive activities and programs for the community and to enable visitors to give back to Hawai’i during their stay has been a key objective of HTA’s MÄlama Hawai’i initiative, which can also allow visitors to enter into agreements with participating hotels.
To celebrate the launch, Alaskan employees joined travel2change volunteers last weekend to help restore farmland at KÄko’o ‘iwi, a community-based non-profit organization on O’ahu and the one of the travel2change partner organizations.
“We deeply appreciate the Hawaiian cultural value of malama, which means nurturing and caring for,” said Diana Birkett Rakow, Alaska vice president of public affairs and sustainability, in a press release. âCare is at the heart of who we are in Alaska, and that means caring for our customers, our employees, communities and the planet. We are honored to be a part of the Hawaiian community and, as Hawaii once again welcomes visitors to the islands, we are excited to work with travel2change to inspire our customers to be considerate travelers and help keep Hawaii strong and beautiful. for future generations. “
While the experiences on travel2change.org are currently based in Hawaii, activities in other destinations served by Alaska, i.e. outside the islands, will be offered from 2022.