Upscale Voluntourism – Globe & Mail Reports

Hard work… and soft sheets

Volunteering on vacation used to mean roughing it. But now luxury hotels and resorts are helping guests do good without giving up the perks of high-end travel, Ilona Kauremszky reports


At the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, luxury is the order of the day. Here on Maui’s northwest shore, between two championship golf courses, most guests are lounging poolside reading Malcolm Gladwell or slowly sipping tropical cocktails.


But some of us are choosing to spend the day digging out weeds. It’s not even 9 a.m. and here I am, covered in bug spray and ready for a morning of weed-whacking at the nearby Maunalei Arboretum. The mission: to dig out non-native plants and gather native seeds for replanting to renew Hawaii’s largest private nature preserve.


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