Voluntourism

What is it?

Voluntourism provides travelers the opportunity to blend purpose with passion by offering volunteer service opportunities within local communities. VisitNorfolk recognizes the importance of giving back to the community. We know that visitors to our city, whether as a group of convention attendees or an individual leisure traveler, often express the desire to serve the destination and its residents. In response to this need, we partner with select local attractions as well as VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads to provide our visitors with the opportunity to include volunteer service into their overall itinerary.

Local attractions offering voluntourism opportunities include . . .

Norfolk Botanical Garden, please contact volunteer services manager Amanda Wells at (757) 441-5830 extension 327 or email.

Virginia Zoological Park, sign up online

Hermitage Museum & Gardens, for volunteer opportunities, call Lindsay Neal at 423-2052 x200 or send an email.

Virginia Arts Festival, Volunteer with world renowned dancers, and musicians. Interested? Contact Sandy Miller

Volunteer to be a steward of a “greener” environment . . .

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is dedicated solely to saving the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Check out current opportunities

The Learning Barge, offers learning and volunteer opportunities, and is the brainchild of The Elizabeth River Project, whose focus is on restoring the health of the region’s great harbor river. Contact: Robin Dunbar or learn about becoming a River Star here

* Opportunities vary in times and seasons, so be sure to contact each organization to see what is available during your visit.

VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads is the nonprofit resource center for southeastern Virginia. Established in 1957, the mission is to strengthen the community by building the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, connecting people with volunteer opportunities and promoting volunteerism.

Team Works: Team Works is a unique program designed to assist groups with volunteer opportunities. VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads handles the logistics and project management for a seamless, well executed volunteer service project that is guaranteed to provide optimum impact and yield high return on investment.

For a list of volunteer opportunities through VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads, please click here.

VisitNorfolk looks forward to improving your experience in Norfolk through Voluntourism!