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 to provide our visitors with the opportunity to include volunteer service into their overall itinerary.

Local Attractions Offering Voluntourism Opportunities 

Norfolk Botanical Garden

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Volunteering at Norfolk Botanical Garden is not only gardening – volunteers work in every department, inside and outdoors. Yes, there is lots of mulching and weeding done year-round, but volunteers also assist our administration team with paperwork, conduct retail transactions in our gift shop and event volunteers greet guests as they enter our visitor center!

Virginia Zoo 

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Zoo volunteers are a creative group of dedicated community members, each possessing a unique passion and desire to share the natural world with our visitors. The volunteer program provides professional development opportunities, fun social events, regular recognition of service and many opportunities to learn about and get inside knowledge of the Zoo and conservation activities.

Virginia Arts Festival 

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We invite you to join the Virginia Arts Festival through volunteering to give back to our community and assist us in fulfilling our mission to bring world-class performing arts to our citizens and visitors, and impact the lives of students through outstanding educational programs. We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and we’d love to have you join us!

Hermitage Museum and Gardens


There are many opportunities to make a difference! You can donate your time and talents to the Hermitage in many different ways. Volunteers are needed year-round in the Museum and Gardens as well as at special events. 

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

Elizabeth River Project

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Become a river hero!  Elizabeth River Project depends on volunteers throughout the year to help restore our home river.  From cleanups to wetland plantings to oyster reef installations, there are opportunities for everyone to get involved.